July 17, 2017

School and Library Visits Feed My Creative Soul, Cont.

In previous posts, I've shared how much I enjoy school and library visits, and how I particularly enjoy getting cards and letters from the students I meet at these visits. The image to the right is a sampling of the artwork that arrived in my mailbox soon after my author visits to Raleigh Park Elementary School in May, 2017. I love them, don't you?

As I've mentioned before, whenever students write to me after an author visit, I do my best to write back. In my last post, I shared the letter I wrote to Ms. Baumgartner's class. Here, I share my letter to Ms. Robert's class:


Dear Ms. Roberts’ Class, 

Thank you for taking the time to write and for letting me know what you learned when I visited your school.  Pickle and I have read and re-read each of your thank you letters, and we have greatly enjoyed your artwork. I especially liked how many of you included pictures or mention of my chicken hat, my reading trophy, and Pickle the Cat in your letters. Pickle is sitting right by me as I write to you today. 

I’m delighted that so many of you are excited about writing and sharing your own stories, and I’m happy that you enjoyed learning some sign language.  I hope you continue to read, write, and sign regularly and with enthusiasm!   

Many of you had additional comments and questions.  My responses are below:

Mahmoud: I’m glad you liked my suggestion to write at least one idea in your idea book every day. I hope you do that all summer long! 

Tate, Sam, and Geovanny: I’m happy you liked my trophy. I think it’s pretty cool, too. 

Perrin: Pickle liked hearing that you enjoyed seeing pictures of her. She is sitting on my desk right now peeking over my shoulder to see what I am writing to your class. 

Bella: I’m glad you liked my chicken hat. It’s fun to wear.  

Melaniee: I think it’s great that you want to be an author when you grow up. Keep reading, reading, reading and writing, writing, writing!

Miguel: You suggested that I should write a sports book. I think YOU should write a sports book!  

Avery: I’m glad you enjoyed when I visited your classroom. I also enjoyed when I visited your classroom. 

Ben: I liked hearing about your cat, Leila, and your English Bulldog, Anei Beussel. I hope you will write a story about them some day! 

Claire:  You asked me to tell you my favorite book that I’ve written. The story I wrote for Oregon Reads Aloud (called First Day Jitters) is the story I’m most excited about right now because I’m so happy to be part of the team of authors and illustrators that have contributed to this book and helped the organization SMART (Start Making a Reader Today). 

Lucy: You asked why I decided to write about sign language. When my daughter (who recently graduated from high school) was born, I taught her how to use sign language before she could talk. Eventually, I started teaching classes that incorporated sign language, and when I couldn’t personally meet with all of the people I wanted to help learn sign language I started writing books that incorporated sign language. All 17 of the books that I have published incorporate sign language.

Mason, Charlotte, and Angelica: You asked if you might have a chance to meet Pickle. Unfortunately, I can’t bring Pickle to school with me, but you can see a picture of Pickle at this link: http://www.dawnprochovnic.com/2012/04/why-do-i-like-to-write.html

Hendy and Elan: I’m so glad you enjoyed learning some sign language. I hope you will keep practicing the signs that you learned.  

Kartikeya: It sounds like you are really interested in learning more sign language. If you’re interested in doing some sign language activities, you can find some ideas here: http://www.dawnprochovnic.com/2016/04/ideas-for-incorporating-alphabet-signs.html 

Aiden: You asked if my reading trophy was gold or silver or bronze. I think it is gold plastic. You can see a picture of it at this link if you’d like to check for yourself: http://www.dawnprochovnic.com/2012/06/read-and-read-and-read-some-more.html

Emily: It sounds like you missed out on seeing my reading trophy and my chicken hat. See my note to Aiden if you’d like to see a picture of my trophy. You can see a picture of my chicken hat at this link: http://www.smalltalklearning.com/dawnprochovnic/books/Past_Events.html#25

Antonia: You asked me to tell you some more about where I get my ideas. You can read more about this topic at this blog post: http://www.dawnprochovnic.com/2013/04/gotcha-how-to-find-and-capture-great.html

Thank you again for all of your letters and pictures, and thank you to Ms. Roberts for inviting me to visit.  I hope I get to visit your school again in the future.


Dawn Babb Prochovnic (and Pickle) 


I'd love to visit your school. If you'd like more information about author visits, click here, or send me a message using the contact form to the left. 

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