- First, Barbara does an excellent job of reading aloud.
- Second, there is nothing like hearing the author read aloud his/her own work. Just think about it. The author's craft comes alive!
- Third, what a great way to entice the potential reader to run out an buy a copy of the book as soon as it becomes available.
Yesterday, I received the second gift from Barbara O'Connor. The mail person delivered the July 2010 issue of Language Arts (a professional journal of the National Council of Teachers of English). The theme of this issue is "Inquiries and Insights" and inside is an article titled, Keeping It Real: How Realistic Does Realistic Fiction for Children Need to Be? by Barbara O'Connor. Yep! How fantastic is that??!
"How real is too real" is question that comes up in my children's literature courses all of the time. Barbara elaborates on her writing process and gives examples from her books on how she makes these decisions. What it comes down to is authenticity. This article will be required reading for my students next semester!
Thank you Barbara for these two gifts!