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2010 October 26
by prgiff

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.

2 Responses leave one →
  1. Patti permalink
    October 30, 2010

    Hi Mimi!
    I liked those comments that those kids gave you. You should definitely use them in a book. You could also ask Jilli for any other comments. I bet that you could use the “back in control center” in something. Love you!

  2. Liz permalink
    November 20, 2010

    I just met you at the ARA conference in Little Rock. You signed your new book for me. I told you I bought the ZigZag books for Perry. I love what I’ve read so far. I’ll let you know what Perry thinks.

    Thank you for believing in “my” kids,

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