I’m not too proud to pull out all of the stops to inspire kids to read. That includes wearing a head full of snakes—rubber snakes, that is!
As the author of 3 books on Greek gods – Hades, Hephaestus, Hermes, I’ve decided to create one of the creepiest characters in Greek mythology to tell kids about them—Medusa!
Her story of having a passel of snakes instead of hair always made me cringe. That’s just the reaction I’m hoping for from kids because I know they’re listening and they love creepy things!
It took 2 hours to sew 12 or so rubber snakes to a black skull cap but worth every minute as I talked with fourth graders last week at Ossian Elementary School for Young Author Day. Wearing a peach-colored flowing gown my beloved mother-in-law wore at our wedding, I talked in a what-else-but-creepy voice to the classes of Emilie Meyer and Beth Mallery.
Their kids were attentive and interested and it was a joy to speak to them.
I felt right at home with my snake hair as the teachers had also dressed up as book characters. Ms. Meyer was Pinkalicious which also looked pretty.
I’m available to introduce my 11 books to students at schools, libraries, groups, even Skype visits would work!
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What are you doing to inspire your child/student to read? Nothing is more important to their success in life than the ability to read!
What a clever idea! Way to go.