Reading in the Park
Contributed by Kathy and Karen Sills
Kathy and Karen Sills became part of the Reading in the Park project this summer. They scheduled a book reading at the Crystal Springs Park. This was a great way to spread the word about their book while having fun. They had sent out flyers to every one they knew, plus they used word of mouth. On the day of their big event they arrived at the park and there was a huge family reunion going on, it was also looking like rain. They were afraid that nobody was going to show up. Around 4:00 they really got worried and headed to the family reunion and began to invite the children over for their book reading. To Kathy and Karen that was the best part, watching their little faces light up.
Author Kathy began to read, then some more children showed up. They had fun listening to the children interact with the book. After reading the book, Wiggle Worm’s Shape Adventure, they had a drawing for two free books. That really put a smile on the kid’s faces.
While Kathy was reading a car pulled up. Author Karen knew who it was as soon as the people started to get out. It was TC and Nessa McKinney. Kathy saw them too, and she got tongue tied for a minute. Meeting the people that helped them get to where they are at today was a blast!
One of the advantages of marketing children’s books is coming up with craft ideas that engage young minds. One craft idea is to make a worm puppet, which was fun, because the children loved to pretend to make the worm talk. Another craft project that works well with the book is to make a shape book, which Author Kathy plans to do with her class of three-year olds at work.