Spring school visits / by abby hanlon

 At Trevor Day School in Manhattan 

 At Trevor Day School in Manhattan 

With librarian Adam Marcus and parent Robin Rosenthal at PS 32 in Brooklyn 

With librarian Adam Marcus and parent Robin Rosenthal at PS 32 in Brooklyn 

It was a busy spring finishing up Dory 3, and getting out to schools to share my work with kids.  My favorite question came from a first grader at Trevor Day School: "When is Mary's birthday?" a little girl raised her hand to ask me with great seriousness.  This sparked rapid plans for Mary's birthday party from other kids...and then comes Mrs. Gobble Gracker, the ultimate party wrecker. This is exactly how the Dory books start -- from kids' ideas -- always better than mine. 

Thank you to the wonderful librarians and parents for all extra time it takes to plan these visits.   

With first graders at PS 39 in Brooklyn 

With first graders at PS 39 in Brooklyn 

Signing books at PS 39

Signing books at PS 39

One first grade class came to the library with their own handmade imaginary friend. This is "Gary" Mary's boyfriend. 

One first grade class came to the library with their own handmade imaginary friend. This is "Gary" Mary's boyfriend. 

With James Byrne, librarian at Fort Lee Elementary in New Jersey 

With James Byrne, librarian at Fort Lee Elementary in New Jersey