Wow, the first weeks back to school have been full of fun, and a little chaos mixed in with some stress. I hurt my back, probably doing something I shouldn't be doing, and haven't been on the computer much this past week. I have managed to get all my illustrations complete for my third book except for the cover! I'm thrilled! I do however have it sketched out, just need to get it drawn on the computer. Hoping to get it done very soon.
So this week, I was excited when a fourth grade classroom I work in asked me to bring in one of my books to read to them. Today I went in and read Imagination Destination. I got to talk to them about the scenes in the book and how I came up with the idea for it, who my characters were based on, all the research I do, the ways I create my illustrations and how all of that turns into a book. They were so enthusiastic and drawn into the story, curious and hopefully inspired to create their own story. I was thrilled when I got to one scene where I give clues to who the mystery creature is and they were picking up on them and getting excited for the reveal. It was so cool! I created the book the way I did hoping it would pull them into it, get them wanting to go out and use their own imaginations to create some fun. I accomplished that very goal today with that class. I am so proud :)
Haven't read the book yet? Here's the link: http://tinyurl.com/ljvpjsr