Some days ago I had the chance of reading Santiago’s story to 3 and 4 year old children in First Prep Day School. It was a delightful experience, especially because my daughter attended that preschool. It was really nice to see the teachers and to visit the building once more.
However, I must confess that at the beginning I wasn’t so sure on how to approach this presentation, since it was going to be my first time with this cute audience. Thankfully everything went well and it was a wonderful experience for me and the kids.
First, I told them a little bit about me. I also mentioned my own daughter once was a student of their teacher, Ms. Colleen, and they loved that. Then, I shared a bit about what writers and illustrators do and we jumped into the book.
In this case, I read from the book and I didn’t use slides, that was not needed since they are used to being read this way and they just looked at the pictures since they can’t read. You can take a look at a short video posted on my Facebook page here.
As I got ready for my presentation, some fellow writers gave me the following advice which I want to share with you in case you’ll have your own session soon:
I hope you find these suggestions useful. They were really valuable for me and worked like a charm. I’ve found that each school I’ve visited turns out to be a very different experience. The age of the kids definitely has a lot to do with it from the topics discussed, to the duration of the session and the reactions you get from the children.
I’ve been so lucky to have such wonderful audiences. I’m very grateful for this amazing journey I’ve had. 🦕
Thanks for reading!
Cover photo by Ksenia Chernaya.