Spiral Notebook
Kids Illustrate Love of Rhinos and Bats
by Mary Kay Carson
October 23, 2012
 
Kids Illustrate Love of Rhinos and Bats

Visiting schools and talking about my books with students is always a treat. There’s nothing like hearing the “aawwws” of a gymnasium full of kids when they see the photo of baby Andalas after I’ve read the scene of his birth from Emi and the Rhino Scientist! Or answering the dozens of questions about bats asked by students watching video from Bracken Bat Cave, one of the places we visited for The Bat Scientists.

But there is something extra special about student artwork. The posters and drawings that kids make after reading the books really hit me in the heart. Its shows the world exactly what about that particular book meant to an individual person. A student read it, looked at the photos, thought about what it meant and how it made him or her feel, and then created something artistic to express himself or herself. Pure magic!

Last Friday I had the honor of spending the day with the students, teachers, principal, and terrific librarian at Pattison Elementary in Milford, Ohio. The glass walls of the library were covered in amazing drawings based on a number of my books that kids had read. I just had to share some of them.

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