I had a great Read Across America Day a the Western Connecticut Academy of International Studies. I gave five presentations, one to each grade level, with grades one and two getting the same presentation, and grades three through four getting another. We did questions and answers. We did brainstorming.
I got some particularly thought provoking questions this time around. I spoke with the first grade about how authors "experiment" with different drafts, and one boy asked me, essentially, "How do you know when you're done?"
Yes, how indeed. Excellent question.
It was the first time in quite a while that I'd done a day of author talks. Now I'm quite pumped up to do it again.