Blogger: Rachel Kent
Yesterday, my daughter had an author come to her school to give a presentation. Envelopes were sent home before the event so parents could buy an autographed book in advance (nice for the author!). I am not sure what the author spoke about, but I’m sure he had to tailor his talk to interest the kindergartners through 6th graders. He writes picture books, so it is good that he was speaking at an elementary school.
I remember a couple author talks from when I was in elementary school. One of the presentations was too old for the young audience. I was in 3rd grade and it was an author who wrote for pre-teen girls about puberty. I’m sure the younger grades and the boys were all a little uncomfortable with that one. The awkwardness made an impact on me, for sure. This author should have been speaking to middle grade audiences. Or the school should have made sure that only the 5th and 6th graders were present for her talk–and maybe only 5th and 6th grade girls.
The other author I remember was very nice. She didn’t talk much, but did read us her story.
If you were going to talk about your book at a school, which school would be the best fit for you? Is your book a better fit for a high-school audience or maybe college students? Or could you entertain elementary school children?
How might you change your talk to work for the audience you are presenting to?
Have you ever spoken at a school? How did that experience differ from other speaking you have done?
Do you remember authors speaking at any of your schools? How did they do?