A Fun Adventure

I love doing author readings to youngsters in schools, libraries, and elsewhere. They’re fun and I’m delighted to experience the reactions of the children and adults to my creations. Such adventures often yield surprises. I had two amazing surprises the same day this week when reading to two classes of children at an elementary school.

The first was when a teacher told me of an incident when she read my early chapter book Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon to her class of preschoolers. With the relatively short attention spans of youngsters of that age she’d planned to read a single short chapter to them each day, but when she’d finished the first chapter her students begged her to read another. After the second, she told them it was snack time. They begged her to read a third chapter instead. Forgoing snack time? REALLY? I took their requests as one of the greatest compliments I’ve ever received for my books.

Earlier that same visit, one of the parents said that when the teacher read one of my books, part-way through the story she told her class it was time for recess. They asked if they could stay in so she could finish reading my book to them! Children skipping recess to have one of my books read to them?!?! WOW! I love those kids!

With love,

Russ

 

 

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About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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12 Responses to A Fun Adventure

  1. Mrs. P says:

    Wow…so cool!!!

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Mrs. P. i struggled to find a way to tell readers what happened without it sounding like bragging, but gave up and instead went with the wisdom the old saying that goes something along the lines of, “Sometimes you’ve got to blow your own horn or else someone will use it as a spittoon.

      • Mrs. P says:

        You deserve the toot!

        By the way, I listened to your podcast interview…great interview. I thought you might enjoy a little misunderstanding I had when I listened. I thought Dr. Bunny said you sold was million copies and I was floored…and impressed. But I re-listened and she was referring to the number of book you’ve written and was joking when she said it. One day, I hope you will be able to say…two million books sold. 😀 😀

        • russtowne says:

          Thank you, Mrs. P. I’d love to reach millions of children with my books. I believe the stories can make a positive difference in their lives as the children make a positive difference in the world.

  2. ksbeth says:

    the best reviews ever!

  3. utesmile says:

    Fantastic, your books are soooo good, and those reactions are better than written reviews!

  4. What incredible and high compliments Russ!!!

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