Monday, December 27, 2010

Virtual Author Visits

I want to give a shout out to Library Media Specialist Sara Chauncey and author Mona Kerby, founders of Skype an Author Network.  This is a terrific place for schools to connect with children's book authors who enjoy doing virtual visits via Skype. Thanks to my page with Skype an Author, I've had many fun visits with classrooms across the U.S. without having to leave home!  My latest visit, just before Christmas, was with a super second grade class in Wyckoff, N. J. They had great questions to ask and were very attentive. I could see them as well as they could see me, and I got a "mini-tour" of their classroom at the end of our visit. Afterward, teacher Daria Crater sent the email below:

I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for that wonderful Skype session.  It was all the talk at lunch for the kids.  They really enjoyed speaking with you and listening to what you had to say.  We are in the process of writing you thank you letters, so please be on the lookout for them later next week.  I received the labels today for the books
[I sent autographed labels to children who had bought copies of my books] and can't wait to give them out this afternoon.  Thank you again and hopefully we can schedule this event again next year.  Have a happy holiday and joyous New Year!

Though I enjoy doing "regular" school visits too, virtual visits are a great option for both schools and authors when a face-to-face visit isn't possible.  Skype visits are easy to set up, affordable, and a perfect choice for single classrooms or book groups. Try it, you'll like it!

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