Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Explorers Meet Anna Kang and Christoper Weyant (via Skype that is!)

Back in October one of our kindergarten teachers asked for some books that talked about size since some of the children in her class were making comments to others about their height. Instantly, I  thought of You Are (Not) Small. After she read the book to her class, they had an amazing discussion and she shared with me what an impact the book had on her students. I immediately emailed Anna Kang and asked if she would be free to Skype with us about her book. She immediately said, "YES!" and said that her husband would love to meet the kids as well.
The Explorers were beyond thrilled to learn that they were going to meet with the author and illustrator of their favorite book. "I never met an author before!" one of the Explorers shouted after finding out the news.
They immediately began to come up with questions for Anna and Chris. "How do you come up with the ideas for your books?" "How old were you when you wrote your first book?" "What do you guys do when you finish writing a book?" (I wish I had gotten that answer on tape, it was great!)
Here is the answer to their question, "How long does it take to make the pictures?"
We also loved getting to meet their two daughters and having them be a part of our Skype session. When the Explorers found out that one of their daughters was in kindergarten just like they were, they invited her to join the class. They also loved it when their older daughter showed them the answer to the question, "Where are the hidden names in the books?"
Another question the children had was, "Can we get a sneak peek of your new book?" Anna quickly grabbed her advance copy of Can I Tell You a Secret?" and read the class the first few pages. We can't wait to see how it ends!
We ended our Skype session with Chris teaching us how to draw one of the characters from You Are (Not) Small and That's (Not) Mine. 
Thank you so much Anna, Chris, Lily and Kate for spending time with us. We had an absolute blast learning from you!

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