Sunday, June 10, 2012

Karen Pokras Toz on School Visits + Nate Rocks the World

On Writing: Why I Love School Visits

I’ve always loved kids, which is a good thing since I’m a children’s book author and I have three kids of my own. But, I never realized how much I love visiting with kids at schools until recently.

What started out as what I thought would turn into a promotional tool to sell more books in my Nate Rocks series, actually turned into heart-warming and eye opening experiences.

Over the past several months I have met with different groups of children in kindergarten through 4th grade. I know how difficult it can be for me to keep the attention of my own children, and so to be honest; I was not sure what to expect. Boy was I pleasantly surprised!

Not only were the children interested in hearing what I had to say, they were interested in learning about all aspects of writing and publishing. They had so many well thought out questions and suggestions. At one point, I almost hired one of them to be my publicist!

After we finished our Q&A, it was time to get creative. Let me tell you - these kids impressed me so! In several sessions, the children drew their own adventures and told stories, just as Nate Rocks does. The imaginations of these children were incredible. They even gave me some great ideas for future Nate Rocks adventures. In other sessions, we did story building and problem solving. Again, I was so impressed by these children. All of them!

Never stop encouraging your children to be creative – the smiles and glimmers in these children’s eyes as they made up their own drawings and stories were priceless!

To get a glimpse of some of the kids and their artwork, please visit my website: http://www.karentoz.com/meet-the-kids

Get your kids excited about reading! Award-winning children’s author is excited to announce the release the second book in the Nate Rocks series: Nate Rocks the Boat .

ABOUT KAREN POKRAS TOZ

Karen Pokras Toz is a writer, wife, and mom. Karen grew up in Orange, Connecticut and currently lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. In June 2011, Karen published her first middle grade children’s novel for 7-12 year olds called Nate Rocks the World , followed in 2012 by the second book in the Nate Rocks series, Nate Rocks the Boat. Karen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).

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