Oh, did I mention I read two of my own manuscript too?
Yes! I read some of my own work as well. And students made comments like “I really liked that!” and “I hope you get published”, not to mention “You’re gonna be famous!”
My heart is full.
I finally stepped out of my comfort zone. I guess I was a little intimidated by the idea of sharing my work with children, before it was published, because it kind of felt like sharing an unfinished project. But instead of thinking of it that way, I have decided to use it as a learning experience for myself and the children I read to.
I started off by asking the students if they liked writing. Many of them would raise their hands and say that they did. I told them that I did too when I was their age, and now that I am older, I still do—so much so that I want to write children’s books, and am in the process of doing so. Then, I told them that it’s important to listen to their teachers when it comes to editing papers, because that’s a skill they will use their whole lives, especially if they want to write books one day. Next, I showed them what a manuscript looks like, and I held it up next to a published book and ask them to compare (what is different between a manuscript and a published book, besides the obvious that one is published and one isn’t). After that, I told them that since my manuscript didn’t have any pictures yet, that they get to close their eyes and make their own pictures in their minds.
And guess what...they sat and listened contently to the whole story—and really seemed to enjoy it! Man did that feel like a success!
I also told them that as long as they work hard on their education, they could be anything they want to be, even an author! Last, I showed them a Highlights for Kids Magazine and told them how one day my poems would be in the magazine since I had sold two poems to Highlights.