Back to School

Yesterday, we had a special treat, which was being invited to give two assemblies at Chestertown’s own Henry Highland Garnett Elementary School.

What you might not know is that Garnett is the alma mater of one Robbi Kato Behr.

We had come to talk about being a writer and illustrator, to read a few of our Bobbledy titles, and to answer questions from the curious young K-5ers in attendance.

The ceilings were lower than Robbi remembered.

And the lockers were smaller.

But one thing hadn’t changed a bit.

It was true then and it’s true now. Fourth graders don’t monkey around.

We got set up in the gym, where a huge screen was waiting for us. As were a line of colorful plastic cones meant to keep the enthusiastic hordes from rushing the stage.

Eventually the kids started to file in. We started with the 3rd-5th graders.

We showed some photos of our barn, talked a bit about process, and read a few books.

The kids listened attentively as we read The Imaginary Dragon (http://bobbledyshop NULL.com/products/the-imaginary-dragon)and dived right in when we asked them to help us pronounce all the long words that litter Archipelago (http://bobbledyshop NULL.com/products/archipelago).

Eventually, the big kids filed out and the K-2nd graders filed in. They were equally polite though a little less adept at asking questions. We did get quite a few observations, however. I think they found a hero in Bobby of Bobby and the Robots (http://bobbledyshop NULL.com/products/bobby-and-the-robots), he who refuses to get out of bed in the morning.

After the second assembly, Robbi was mobbed. Who knew that hugging an illustrator was such a popular pastime? Other than I, of course.

It was my first time inside Garnett, and I was really impressed. The place was full of warmth and energy, the teachers were so welcoming, and the kids couldn’t have been more respectful and engaged. I’m excited to think of Alden starting first grade there next fall.

It was a great way to spend Halloween morning.

Head on over to the Bobbledy blog to see how we passed the evening (http://www NULL.bobbledybooks NULL.com/happy-halloween-2013/). Spoiler alert: Kato dressed up as a jet plane.