It’s fall: time for writers of children’s books to crisscross the states. We speak in gyms and cafeterias and sometimes in gorgeous auditoriums. Always, my notebook is tucked in a pocket or in my purse.
I tell the kids that as hard as they’re watching me, I’m watching them. That’s certainly true. I never leave a school, a library, a bookstore, without some shiny little nugget to fit into one of my books.
Right now, those books are about the Zigzag Afternoon Center. When I first began, I never realized what a bonus it would be to include every grade level from kindergarten through sixth. But this is an opportunity to include stories from the whole school population!
And I’m listening; I’m really listening to what all the kids have to say.
A kindergarten kid: “You have to watch out for me. Sometimes I get silly.” (I’ll remember that one.)
A second grader: “Look at my hair wrap.” She picks up a strand of hair wrapped in sparkles, begins to rotate her head, the hair goes round and round. (Believe that Destiny Washington will do that in the next book.)
A fifth grader: “Want to hear my problems? I belong in a book.” (Don’t worry, I’ve got you.)
I’m writing as fast as I can. The first two Zigzag books came out a month ago. The next one in April. I keep writing. I’d love to hear teacher stories. Do you have any for me?
Any reaction to Zigzag? I’d love to hear it.