WOO HOO! It's been two years in the making, but the time is finally here! Newbery author Cynthia Lord is coming to visit the students and teachers of Bailey, March 12 & 13! I can't wait!
It all started two years ago with a Grand Discussion of her wonderful novel, Touch Blue. My friend and fabulous PTO author visit chair, Amy Proctor read the book and was so moved by it and the way it impacted her family that our discussions began about inviting Cynthia to our school. At the time we were in the midst of planning an visit from Kirby Larson, but it's never too early to start planning the next visit! Since the discussion was in November, we sort of tabled the thought, but, as my good friend Joyce says, both of us were percolating on the idea.
In February 2011, Kirby Larson, one of the nicest people I've met, came for a memorable visit. During our two days together we discussed many things, Newbery winners, great kids' books, the life and times of an author, and what plans she had for Hattie in the just begun sequel. (Side note: I have it on reserve at the library, can't wait) The topic of Touch Blue came up and Amy shared why it had been such an important book for her family, so relevant at the time for them. When Kirby heard this, her immediate response was, "You must let Cynthia know how it touched you!"
That night, Amy emailed Cynthia and a conversation began. The two of them traded emails and Amy asked if she could invite her. Of course I said yes and the rest is author visit history. Cynthia Lord is coming on March 12 & 13 and I can't wait!