Thursday, June 16, 2011
After a warm introduction by Clara Kaplan and Marcy Schickler, Treasurer of the Westchester Reading Council, I discussed my road to becoming a published children's book author and how important it is to teach our children about the Underground Railroad. Tying bullying into the theme. Bullying you may say? Consider this, the owners of slaves beat them into submission to suit their needs. Isn't the school bully on some level cruel like a slave owner? Seeking out an individual to tease and taunt and sometimes hit to make themselves feel superior? It's essential to instill in our children appreciation and tolerance of others and that it will not be tolerated on any level to be mean to others.
I also shared with the members that a teacher's guide covering Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science and Art activities is in the development stages at no additional cost to someone that purchases The Golden Pathway; and I would email or snail mail a copy to those that are interested. Every member in attendance expressed great interest in the teacher's guide and they all signed my guest book so that I can do so when available.
The Westchester Reading Council members are a delightful and welcoming group and the ease of conversation continued to flow with a Q&A session and then an open discussion on keeping our children interested in reading from the onset. Ideas and tips were exchanged. The hour prior to dinner flew and I completely forgot about showing The Golden Pathway book trailer and was elated to handout FREE cd's of the book trailer at the end of the evening.
To cap off the enveing, several teachers expressed interest in scheduling school visits for next fall and for Black History Month next February. Interest was piqued and the purchasing of books in hard cover, soft cover, and e-Book format flew off the tables. Yippee!
A heartfelt thank you to Marcy Schickler for arranging such a special evening!
Wishing you all a safe and happy summer!
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.