Saturday, November 19, 2011

November Theme: Thankfulness (by Lisa Graff)

This month's theme at Smack Dab is thankfulness, and I've just returned from three days of school visits in Highland Park, Illinois, so I am thankful for a lot of things.

reading to a group of attentive 3rd graders at Braeside Elementary

I tend to think best in lists (and who doesn't love a good bullet point??), so what better way to enumerate the things for which I am thankful? Here then, in no particular order, the things for which, upon my return from school-visiting, I am thankful:

  • awesome librarians who take the time in their insanely busy schedules to organize school visits: coordinating with school faculty, booking hotel rooms for visiting authors, ordering tons of books, and all the rest.
  • awesome teachers who find ways to get their students excited about books and reading.
  • awesome kids who ask awesome, thoughtful questions (my favorite of the week: "What did you intend your readers to get from your books, and do you think you succeeded?").
  • PowerPoint presentations that actually work, and tech guys who can fix them when they don't.
  • marathons of The Next Iron Chef on the hotel TV to keep me company while I autograph one bajillion postcards to hand out to students during the week.
  • diet coke.
  • Twix bars.
  • good conversations about good books.
  • and planes that arrive ten minutes early.

I had a wonderful time last week, and am hoping the rest of my visits this school year go half as well. A big shout-out and thank you to all my new friends in Highland Park!



4 comments:

  1. Love this, Lisa! And here's to another semester of successful, fun, stimulating school events!

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  2. Three cheers for librarians, teachers, students, and, of course, Twix!

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  3. Ditto and double ditto for Twix and triple ditto for Diet Coke! I'm not the only one :)

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