Wednesday, February 06, 2013

School Visit

I just got home from a lovely research trip to Paris for an upcoming picture book that I'm illustrating. More details on that book coming as soon as the publisher makes the announcement. Paris was absolutely stunning as you can see:

Toward the end of January, I spoke at a wonderful school, the Thelma B. Johnson Learning Center, in Henderson, Kentucky. They went all out for my visit! Quite impressive. They set up really cool activities that went along with my picture books CORA COOKS PANCIT and DANCING DREAMS.

They made pancit using the recipe from in CORA COOKS PANCIT and gave out aprons to the kids.

They brought ballet, ballroom, and broadway dancers to demonstrate some of the dances in DANCING DREAMS.

And a librarian taught parents how to read with their child in a dialogic fashion. 

So what did I do? Well, I gave a presentation on how picture books are created and then worked with the students in the audience to come up with our own new character. After I sketched our character, the students helped me decide what our character likes and doesn't like and then we created our our own story based on our character. The kids learned how a story is structured and how to come up with story ideas. We had lots of fun, and, as always, I was in awe of the imaginative answers the students gave.

The local paper covered the event. What a great day in Henderson for encouraging the love of books! 


Anonymous said...

Thanks for your visit to our wonderful school. Loved the pancit. It was delicious! The illustrations in Dancing Dreams are awesome!

Kristi Valiant said...

You're welcome! It was a lovely school to visit.

Kelly H-Y said...

Wow ... an incredible school visit and a work-trip to Paris!! Nothing better!! :-)

Kayleen said...

Kristi: Your website is lovely. I wish I could draw so well! I’ve written 9 non-fic books for Grades 4-8. About your school visit—did the school plan all of it or did you make suggestions? It sounds very elaborate and fun! I look forward to meeting you in May in Ft Wayne at the conference!

Kristi Valiant said...

Thanks, Kelly!

Kayleen: It was an elaborate and fun school visit! The school did all the planning. They really have a wonderful staff there who are excited to build their students' love of reading and books. See you in Fort Wayne!