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My first presentation!

Many thanks to the wonderful teachers and students at New Windsor Middle School for welcoming me to their classroom yesterday! I did three presentations and I have to confess I was BEYOND nervous at first! But the kids were great and–praise the Lord–the Power Point file my youngest son helped me create worked. (Thanks also to Pam and Rick!!!)

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This is me showing the class a picture book dummy I made in 1999 on my long road to publication. I was sure to explain that while my story was a dummy–that’s not why it’s called that. 😉

(Notice the light bulb over my head?)

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Me reading from BEAUTY SHOP FOR RENT. The coolest part of the day? A bunch of kids after my second presentation wanted autographs. I felt like a star!

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What my house looked like all Sunday and Monday while putting the presentation together!

Lessons learned?

1. Just because you’re given a time limit DOES NOT mean you need to talk a thousand miles an hour!
2. Have pictures of your work area/desk in your Power Point presentation. Kids love seeing where you write.
3. Talk about books you loved when you were a kid. A bonus? Bring the books in if you still have them.
3. DO NOT drink a 32 ounce soda before your last presentation. I mean, honestly. What was I thinking?

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