When our family pulled into the Digital Domain Stadium in Port St. Lucie, we knew the FAMILY READING FESTIVAL was going to be a big deal. The parking lot was jammed with cars.
When Debbie Remington, President of the St. Lucie County Reading Council and Media Specialist at Manatee Academy, contacted me about speaking at a baseball stadium to promote reading, I thought it sounded intriguing.
What I couldn't have imagined was how many teachers, media specialists, parents and students would embrace the idea.
There was so much going on at once -- a used book exchange, authors talks, raffles, children performing reader's theater and much more. Such a festive environment!
Participants wore name tags sporting their favorite character's names, authors or books.
I had the great pleasure of meeting "Stephen King." She was delightful. I also met Nancy Drew, Hermione and well, The Bible!
It was a fun event centered around the love of READING!
Now, I look forward to meeting bazillions of sixth graders in Vero this Wednesday. I'll be sharing my talk, "6-1/2 Ways to Survive Middle School" with them. There will be a guest appearance by Hammy the Hamster.
Vero Beach Book Center will host me in their teen loft from 5:30 to 7 p.m. this Wednesday, April 28th. I'll talk, sign and generally cause a ruckus!
It's good to know people still get excited about BOOKS and the people who write them, like my, um, new friend, "Stephen King."