May 23, 2011

Celebrating Young Authors

My last event of the school year was speaking at a wonderful luncheon at Manatee Academy to celebrate young authors from schools in St. Lucie County, FL.

The amazing Debbie Remington, Media Specialist at Manatee Academy and president of the St. Lucie County Reading Council, invited me to speak at this special event.

These award-winning young authors didn't write a poem or a story. They created BOOKS with chapters and artwork and dazzling covers.

About 200 people attended the event.

Attendees were treated to lunch, a book fair and a short talk by someone who once sat where those young authors sat (hint: me). Then winners were presented with certificates, free books and prizes.

It was inspiring to see adults celebrating these young authors. But my favorite part occurred before hubby and I even walked in. As we headed to the event, a young author and her mother walked behind us. We overheard the mother say, "I love you and I'm so proud of you."

That is what the event was all about. Hubby and I left with a warm feeling. It was great meeting these young authors and celebrating their hard work. Kudos to Debbie Remington, the St. Lucie County Reading Council and all the dedicated people who created such a special event to celebrate these remarkable young authors!


Jan Markley said...

What a great idea!

Wild About Words said...

Thanks, Jan! I wish more places did events like this.