May 21, 2013

Celebrating Young Authors!

This is the third year in a row I've had the GREAT pleasure of keynoting at the YOUNG AUTHOR CELEBRATION for students in 1st through 8th grades from St. Lucie County.

Here are some of the families streaming into the event as the doors open . . .

I love this event because the parents and grandparents are so proud of their children.  And they should be.  These students created beautiful, heartfelt/funny/scary books that were deemed tops at their schools.  It's an honor to be invited to this event.

Thanks to co-chairs, Erin Coppoletta and Lori Foley, for the hard work that goes into putting on such a terrific event for hundreds of attendees. 

Erin, me and Lori, before the event begins

And thanks to Debbie Remington for inviting me.

Debbie Remington and me, Young Author Celebration 2012

My favorite part, of course, was having a few moments with each of the students as they came up to have books signed, chat and have photos taken.  Some students asked me to sign THEIR winning books, which felt like such an honor. 

I was delighted to see Crystal and her parents at the event.  This is Crystal's third year in a row winning the honor of attending the Young Author's Celebration!

Here she is a few years ago, when she was my escort during a school visit . . .

Crystal, at Manatee Academy

She's grown much taller since then!

And a huge shout of THANKS to our youngest son, who helped me during the entire event.  He and I loved spending time with these sweet kids.  We celebrated when we were done by going out to lunch and this fancypants restaurant.

If there are any YOUNG AUTHORS reading this, please stop by this blog post to get resources for young writers, including places to send your work, excellent guidebooks, contests and more.


Unknown said...

Oh Donna it is always a pleasure to have you keynote our YA Celebration!
I was atthe FRA Leadership Summit in Orlando with our new Vice President Heather Bolitho and she wants you to come to her school, Oak Hammock for an author visit.
BTW Pal- Cracker Barrel fancy???I gotta get you out more!
Love, Debbie

Wild About Words said...

Hey, Debbie,

You were missed at the big celebration! But I'm sure the FRA Leadership Summit was wonderful.

I'd love to connect with Heather Bolitho about a school visit.

Yeah, I was being a wee bit sarcastic about the Cracker Barrel experience. But it was fun!

Take care,