This was my first World Read Aloud Day as an author.
My sessions took about twenty minutes from start to finish. I tell the kids about my origin story and read them the free form verses that I made up that became Sumo Joe. I show them the picture book dummy that I made myself with the second version of my book. I walk them through the editorial process from illustration sketches to the folded and gathered (F&G) version. Finally, I read them Sumo Joe and they raise their hands if they notice words that were in previous versions of the book.
Q and A come next. If there is time permitting, I did a quick book talk of five diversity picture books.
Thank you to the teachers who sent me photos! Thank you to Kate Messner for organizing the free Skype authors list.
It was the best day ever!
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BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 is a book that I created to highlight books written by authors who share the same marginalized identity as the characters in their books.