It's not everyday that this school teacher from Iowa gets the opportunity to meet well known children's book authors. Lucky for me, once a year, my fifth grade students get to meet an author through a program in our school called Cedar Valley Youths Read. In years past, I've met the likes of Christopher Paul Curtis and Gennifer Choldenko. Will Hobbs and Cynthia DeFelice were authors I met but was not familiar with. Our students get to meet them in an hour long Q&A-type session and then the general public is invited back to a book signing and meet and greet. This past year, we had the pleasure of meeting and hosting Wendy Mass!
Wendy Mass wrote one of my favorite children's books ever, JEREMY FINK AND THE MEANING OF LIFE. Recently, she's written popular books like EVERY SOUL A STAR and 11 BIRTHDAYS. She was very down-to-earth and the kids loved her!
One whole week was a long time for the Jersey mom to be away from her twins, but our committee of teachers and librarians are so thankful for authors like her, who will devote their time to come meet our little readers.