My apologies to everyone for the late publishing of this blog article. It got stuck in draft mode until I just rescued it.
The 33rd Annual Miami Book Fair was so much fun! I was very honored to share a booth, and the day, in Writer’s Row with Barbara Biggart, Florida KidCare Outreach Specialist of the Parent Academy of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. They are such a great organization, who help families connect better. The Parent Academy is a free, year-round, parent engagement initiative of Miami-Dade County Public Schools that helps parents become full partners in their children’s education.
The Parent Academy provides educational excellence for children by informing parents of the importance of their roles, unites families and schools, and gives parents a fuller sense of their rights, responsibilities, and educational opportunities available. There are free workshops and classes available monthly throughout Miami-Dade County for both parents and children. Check out their web site at: http://theparentacademy.dadeschools.net/
A Day for All Children
And speaking of children, we greeted a torrid of school children. In particular, the students from Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School. We asked the kids one question: If you wrote a book what would it be about? That got their creative juices flowing. They wrote their idea on a sticky note, and took it with them as an affirmation to stick on a mirror in their bedroom, or wherever they would see it the most. We hope that after seeing it every day, someday they will actually write the story.
It was interesting to see what they came up with. For example, one girl wrote that she would name her story, “The Lady with the Horse’s Head”. She described a kid’s mystery to me about a woman who would lure unsuspecting people into an alley, turn into a monster with a horses’ head, and kill them. Allllllllrighty then…It gave me Goosebumps, and I write kids mystery books for a living.
Something for Everyone
It was interesting to see how many talented authors displayed their wares at the various booths set up in Writer’s Row. One in particular was a Maryam Ashraf who wrote her first book at 13 years old! Wow! It is called, Broken. I also met Julie Brumlik who makes pop-up greeting cards that are also handmade paper sculptures. Wayyyy cool! You can visit her website at http://opencardnow.com/
I met Emma Picard who was an International Traveler. She and her family had journeyed all the way to Miami from Quebec, Canada! They were very excited to visit the Miami Book Fair. They said they didn’t look forward to going back to the ice and snow. Brrrr…Well, they sure made my day! And Emma was able to make the trip back to Canada with my book, The Mystery of the Square Well, tucked safely in her arms.
On Sunday, I worked in a booth with the South Florida Writer’s Association. What a great group! I encourage anyone interested in writing books, or just interested in thinking about writing one to look them up. You need not be a resident of Miami, or even live in Florida to join. Check out their website at: http://www.southfloridawritersassn.org/. A special thanks to Don Daniels who helped display all of our books.
You are awesome!
I met a very nice police officer of the Miami-Dade Police Department who was so busy making sure everyone at the Miami Book Fair
—– Never fear, I signed a book for her.
Thank you for keeping us safe so the rest of us could enjoy the book fair!
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