Tuesday, May 13, 2014

4 Kids | Attention All Authors

And yes, I'm talking to you! Let me explain.

Last night we hosted an Author Symposium at the Cesar Chavez Central Library. Six local authors shared their books, writing experiences, and signed books for the audience members. It was so awesome! And by the way, thanks so much to those wonderful authors: Paula Treick DeBoard, Mary Jo Gohlke, Britt Nunes, Danny Thomas Ruiz Dunne, and Alice Van Ommeren!! And I must also thank my BFF for sticking around to help clean up after all was said and done.

So of course that got me thinking. Why can't anyone with a story be an author? We've all got stories to tell. It's just a matter of sitting down and getting creative.

If you've got a story to tell (hip hip hooray, I say) and are looking for a little inspiration, check out Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills. You'll find this great book in the picture book section, but it's also very informative!  

Here are a couple of my favorite lines from this book:

"Rocket even liked the way books smelled. When he opened a new book, it smelled like a place he'd never been to, like a friend he'd never met."

When Rocket suffers a little writer's block, a little yellow bird shares some sage advice: "Stories need good characters. Or what about something that happened to you? Or something you really enjoy?" Gentle readers, take note: there are some great writing tips in those lines there. 

Rocket also enjoys collecting new words. He would write them down and hang them on his word tree. (Psst: another great writing tip!)

I know that you are all busy with the school year winding down. But when you have a few free moments to let your imagination run wild, think about what YOUR story might be. And start writing!

And don't forget! The Summer Reading Club starts June 1 and all libraries are hosting some super spectacular programs this year. Check out the calendar of events. Join us as we celebrate books and reading in the Fizz! Boom! Read! Summer Reading Club!

Happy reading...and writing!

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