Dream It + Do It : Author Tour
I kicked off my Dream It + Do It : AuthorTour Wednesday in Oceanside at Garrison Elementary. What a great school. Their focus is on the visual and performing arts, so it was really easy to talk to them about the creation of Kazmir and the audiobook. I visited 6 classes ranging from 3rd to 5th grade; 240 students altogether. We talked about where inspiration comes from and how you can have great ideas at any age.
As a class, they listen to the audiobook on CDs that I sent them. They asked questions, such as, "Have you written any other books?", "Where did you come up with the names for the characters?" and "How long did it take to write the book?" They commented how fun it was to imagine what all the characters looked like and the different voices that were used. Then I asked questions. The right answer won a Kazmir amulet; three were given out to each class.
I left behind a DVD case for each student that had a note to the parent. The note explained how to download their own free copy of the audiobook to keep for their own.
It was a great experience for me and a whole lot of fun. Kamzir and I made some new friends. Let us know if you'd like us to come to your school.