Allowing for Questions

I had the privilege of giving a short talk before my book signing at the Barnes and Noble in Redlands, California this past Sunday. There was a nice group of about 30 children and parents who listened attentively as I talked a bit about early American history and about my book, The Declaration of Independence from A to Z.

Afterward, one young girl asked me a question no one had ever asked me before, “What was your favorite letter in the book?” I had to think about this a moment. I finally decided on “M is for Majority” because it corresponded with Layne Johnson’s wonderful rendition of John Trumbull’s famous picture of the Declaration of Independence.

It’s important to let kids ask questions. Their interpretations are a bit different from ours, and it helps me understand my audience a lot better.

I’ll be speaking to a group of Kindergarten to Second grade students next month for Career Awareness Week. I can’t wait for all the questions they’ll ask about being a writer. Who knows? Maybe I’ll learn something new about myself by the unique things they’ll ask.

Book signing at the Barnes & Noble in Redlands on May 2, 2010

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One Response

  1. Catherine, so glad the book signing was a success. I see lots of questions in your future since you’ll be so busy doing school visits and book signing!!!

    Gloria

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