One of My Favorite Things to Do

I read three of my children’s picture books to a class of Kindergarteners today and loved every minute of it. Their reactions to the stories and their questions after each were delightful. When I’d read all three I asked which was their favorite. Here was the vote count from the class of fifteen:

6 MZ’s Magical Day (My newest in hand.)

5 Wilbur the Duck Who Flew Upside Down  (My top-selling book to date.)

4 Clyde and I  (My first book.)

I’m encouraged that my newest stories are getting higher vote counts. I like to think I’m improving as a writer. I also like that all three stories were favorites to at least 20% of the youngsters.

I look forward to being invited to read for other classes of K-3rd Graders.

With Love,



About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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9 Responses to One of My Favorite Things to Do

  1. ksbeth says:

    that is the best litmus test of all and you passed with flying colors!

  2. JanBeek says:

    What great fun! I can’t think of a scenario I’d appreciate more than writing children’s books that kids really like – and having invitations to go and read my books to them. You are blessed indeed!

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  3. utesmile says:

    That is great. Reading to children is most precious and so satisfying. They let you know what they like without judgement. You are getting better all the time, and I dare say more confident as a writer, still I love all your books from the very beginning. I knew, know you have it in you! 🙂

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Ute. You have been an encouraging supporter since the beginning and were the first reader of my books in the UK. You’ve played a big part in helping to make my adventure as an author ad publisher a delightful, fulfilling, and rewarding experience. THANK YOU!

  4. Being with readers who appreciate your work, and readers being with someone who creates wonderful stories for them….seems a bit like peanut butter and jelly. 🙂

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