What an exhilarating exchange! Today I gave an Author Talk to approximately 150 4th - 6th graders at a public elementary school in the Bay Area. I explained the process my co-author and I went through in creating WiKIDLY Awesome Travels - Paris and WiKIDLY Awesome Travels - London and talked about being a writer. The kids had intriguing questions in general and specifically about the guards at Buckingham Palace; how long are their work shifts, do they carry a sword, can they smile while on the job? There were more questions than we had time for in the allotted hour. More than 1/2 of the kids said they have been out of the U.S. They applauded when I told them of our recent Family Choice Award and asked that I come back to discuss our next book.
I was there to encourage the kids but in fact they validated my choice to write the books with my co-author and to continue the travel series. I was asked to autograph some books and one student came up to me after school and said, "Really awesome talk!". That was another stamp of approval!