We’ve been focusing on how our books are used in the classroom on I.N.K. this month, so I thought I’d pay tribute to some of the more memorable students I’ve met in my role as an author over the years. I’ve given them nicknames to ensure their anonymity, but I can picture each of them to this day. Remembering their innocence, their curiosity, their disarming comments keeps me humble and reminds me why I love writing for young audiences.
The Straight Shooter: When talking about Bull’s-Eye, my biography of Annie Oakley, to third graders at a suburban
The Doubter: During an author Q&A at a middle school in
The Dedicated Swimmers: As part of the events surrounding my presentations on women’s sports history at a private girls’ school in
The Intrepid Historian: Finally, there is the sixth grader from