Earlier this week I had the opportunity to speak to Elizabeth Bowman’s children’s literature class at Santa Barbara City College in Santa Barbara, California. The students are current or pre-experience teachers at preschool and elementary grades. They were a lively and appreciative audience with lots of excellent questions. I talked about my books and life as an author and offered a variety of ways that books like mine can be used in the classroom both for reading and as jumping off places for related projects. At the end of my presentation the last question was: “As you have visited schools over the years, what is the most memorable question you have had from a student?” I will never forget the student who asked, “If you could be a dinosaur, what kind of dinosaur would you be?” My answer: a feathered dinosaur!
Thank you Elizabeth for inviting me to your class!