A few Saturdays ago Mrs. Karle and I, along with my two oldest children got the opportunity of being able to attend a “Young Author’s Conference.” The school my children attend helps to sponsor a conference in which a children’s author comes to talk to interested students about his/her books. This year the author who came to speak was Jim Aylesworth. Mr. Aylesworth is a retired first grade teach who also has written 34 children’s books. He was a fantastic speaker and entertainer for both children and adults. You could really tell he was a great teacher by his ability to keep the children’s attention! Mr. Aylesworth had a lot in common with Mrs. Karle too! Aside from both being retired first grade teachers, Mr. Aylesworth learned the importance of using a pointer in helping keep his students attention and helping the students learn. He told stories of how reading to his students each day helped him teach his students. He also talked about how his students convinced him to become an author. His students would also help him come up with ideas for his books!
After hearing Mr. Aylesworth speak, we were able to get a few of his books signed…and take a picture with him. It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning. If you have the opportunity to attend a “Young Authors Conference”, or, to meet or see Jim Aylesworth, I highly recommend it! Later in the week I will introduce you to some of our favorite Jim Aylesworth books.
Grandma (Mrs. Karle) helping her granddaughter understand where to go during the Young Author’s Conference.
Everyone is all smiles before the conference begins!
After the conference, Grandma and her granddaughters get their Jim Aylesworth books signed!
What a great way to spend a Saturday! We learned how a children’s author got his start, and learned about some great books as well!