On Sunday, October 18th, I spoke on a "Writing for Children" panel, an event sponsored by Cotati's Sitting Room library.
The event began with a lovely tea party under the redwoods. Each table was set with lovely china tea cups, cloth napkins, tablecloths, and miniature pumpkins. There was hot tea for all to enjoy, along with homemade bread, homemade cookies, homemade sandwiches, and local melon. Guests brought their favorite childhood book, which served as a nice conversation starter.
[caption id="attachment_103" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Three types of finger sandwiches were available: cucumber, chicken salad, and egg salad"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_104" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="One of the many lovely tea pots at the event"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_109" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Homemade cookies - yum!"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_110" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Guests enjoying tea and snacks under the redwoods"][/caption]
After the tea party, we all moved inside. A small podium and microphone were set up. Each of the authors spoke on several topics: favorite childhood book, what inspires stories, etc. I had an opportunity to talk about my childhood love of speculative fiction, and how I seek to promote speculative fiction in the classroom with free Raggedy Chan curricula.
[caption id="attachment_113" align="aligncenter" width="219" caption="Camille Picott, author of Raggedy Chan, discussing the importance of speculative fiction in learning environments"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_115" align="aligncenter" width="224" caption="Lisa Shulman, author of The Moon Might be Milk, offers classes on 'writing for children' at the Sitting Room"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_118" align="aligncenter" width="234" caption="Tina Stolberg, author of Little Shrew Caboose, discusses her favorite childhood book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with the audience"][/caption]
After the presentation from the authors, we had a special treat: Lynette Hunter, performing solo as Laura Ingalls Wilder. Completely in character and costume, Lynette gave us an insight into the life and stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
[caption id="attachment_119" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Lynette Hunter in character as Laura Ingalls Wilder"][/caption]
And finally, this wonderful event was all made possible by the wonderful J.J. Wilson, one of the founders of the Sitting Room.
[caption id="attachment_120" align="aligncenter" width="245" caption="The amazing J.J. Wilson, host of the event and one of the fouders of the Sitting Room library"][/caption]
For those of you not familiar with the Sitting Room, it's a privately funded non-profit library located in Cotati, California. It has a collection of over 7,000 books. The Sitting Room also hosts writing workshops, book groups, and other events related with literature and writing.