Today, I’ll be introducing my kids adventure novel The Zoo of Impossible Animals to the third graders of Alta Murrieta School. This marks my first day of the new school year for teaching. Of course, I’ll be having the kids do some Shakespeare as well.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to teach three rounds (6 hours!) of “How to Become a Shakespearean Actor in 90 Minutes” for Mrs. Dana Conrad’s theater class at Shivela Middle School in Murrieta. I know it shouldn’t, but it still surprises me that 11 and 12 year olds can be such confident, intuitive, and overall excellent actors. A few of them were able to memorize and perform 60- to 75-word Shakespearean monologues with less than ten minutes of preparation. Well done, Dana. Your kids love the theater, which I’m sure is partly your doing.
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been chosen as one of the featured presenters at the Authors Festival, an annual event sponsored by the Friends of the Children’s Library in Huntington Beach, CA. I was selected to speak on The Zoo of Impossible Animals (and maybe some Shakespeare!) for about 250 students at Saints Simon and Jude School on January 31. Thank you to Gail Page, the event chair, for all your help.
And just a reminder: The Zoo of Impossible Animals would make an IDEAL Christmas present for the children in your life. If you order today, there is still time to get a copy for the holiday!