Two schools and a ball park

I visited two schools this week, but kicked off the week by again reading at the Reading Tree at Midway Park before a Saints game. The action now takes place out around second base, and the turnout was great. Since the kids at these events are a little young for Mudville, I read another homage to the great Casey at the Bat, Casey Back at Back by Dan Gutman. It was a big hit! (Pun intended, of course.) I was joined by Saints player Tony Mansalino, who’s also written a kids baseball book. It was a perfect night for baseball, and the Saints won, largely due to the efforts of Mr. Mansalino who got three hits, one of them a triple!

Reading at a Saints Game

(Photo by Paul Robertson; check out his photos; you won’t regret it.)

Later in the week I went to South View Middle School in Edina, a suburb just south of Minneapolis. I spoke to two sixth grade classes. The kids asked great questions and gave me a lot of good info about middle school life in 2009, including their opinions of whether or not books ought to have monsters (25 for, 20 against). I read a bit from Mudville and talked about that, but when I mentioned the next book, Mamba Point, the questions really started flying. I was impressed how much they already knew about Liberia and about black mambas. I may have been in sixth grade almost thirty years ago, but snakes never go out of style.


(Photos by Cathy Nelson at South View.)

That was the first in a double header for me; I then went to visit some fourth graders at Marcy Open in Minneapolis, which is a block from the apartment building where I lived for several years. The fourth grader who invited me is the son of some old friends, and I told the class I knew Amos as a baby but didn’t have any pictures (I’m sure he was hugely disappointed). Several of them had read the book, so we had a lively discussion.

That sums up a fun week. My next authorly appearance is at Brookdale Library in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, at 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 18. One of the librarians there, Dillon, is planning a fun-filled night with a baseball theme for the entire family. Put it on your calendar!

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