Capitol Elementary

Sunday, May 15, 2011 / Bloggified by Jake Bell /

The school year is wrapping up and I've been lucky enough to visit a few schools this year, and most recently I got to hang out with third, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders at Capitol Elementary in Phoenix. My favorite part of my school visits is the question and answer period after I talk--though it's also probably the least valuable part from an educational standpoint. It's hard to justify missing out on time you could be learning about the Cuban Missile Crisis to hear some two-bit author tell you his favorite color and what kinds of books he likes to read.*

Anyway, unlike other schools I've visited, I got to go around to the individual classrooms at Capitol and do nothing but Q&A. All filler, no killer! Um... or something like that.

I had a great time. It's always nice to get away from the keyboard for a while and talk to kids who've actually read your books and care even the slightest little bit who you are (as opposed to everyone else in the world who ask questions like "How much did you have to pay to get your book made?").* I really need to come up with a better answer for "What kinds of books do you like to read?" and "Who is your favorite author?" For the former, I tend to go with "Ummmm... well, I like to read comic books..." and for the latter I say, "You mean authors you guys have heard of or my actual favorite authors? Because your parents probably don't want you to read Hunter S. Thompson until you're in high school."

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