This Wednesday, September 23rd I had the good fortune to be invited to share my new book, The Not Perfect Hat Club, with the 600+ students at Pine Valley Elementary School in Wilmington, NC plus an additional 15 classes from five countries around the world.
I read, fielded questions, signed books and had held some Not Perfect Hat Club drawing and discussion sessions with 2nd. 3rd and 4th. graders. The kids knocked my socks off with their honesty, insights and creativity, proving yet again that given the chance they’ll shine.
But the most wonderful moment of all occurred almost 24 hours after my visit. It arrived via Twitter and was posted by the grandmother of the little boy in the picture above. “Mason fell asleep last night with his treasured signed book!” said Amy Riggs. The book he is holding close to his heart is the The Not Perfect Hat Club.
There’s no greater compliment for a writer than the love of a child, and in this case it was doubly sweet because I had met and chatted with Mason during my visit to Pine Valley. It was also a reminder that the message I am sharing in The Not Perfect Hat Club is one that children respond to and need to hear.
I hope you will all read The Not Perfect Hat Club and share its message with your family and friends. Let’s help raise a generation of kids who understand that there is no such thing as perfect, but each and every one of us has something special to share with the world.
By pure happenstance I came across a conversation on Twitter about The Not Perfect Hat Club and sat mesmerized, reading the tweets. But, being me, I quickly joined in with questions and comments. I loved the idea of silly hats and posted pictures of me and my get-ups.
Then I read blog posts from the #NOTPERFECTHATCLUB that @JenaiaMorane and @martysnowpaw founders of @CrittenKin . Adults shared heartfelt stories about feelings of being bullied, rejected, misunderstood and looking for perfection. My heart went out to them and to the stories that were shared about their students. Unfortunately, this was all too familiar to me from my own personal childhood stories, as a well as those of a parent and teacher. I was so excited to hear that a book was in the offing addressing these concerns, not for adults per se, but written for children! A book that children could identify with, in the characters of dogs and children facing their struggles. Then I felt I had to do more than just tweet and post pictures. I decided to support Jena and Marty in any way I could. I dedicated one of my Posts to them and joined their “club.”
I was so honored when Jena asked that I preview her book and I did:
Here is my review and her delightful graphic
I write this post to share with all of you a book that be a wonderful addition in every school and classroom library. Hope you get a chance to read it and explore it with your students.
Yikes! It’s National Coloring Book Day and we almost missed it. The mutts would never forgive us if we didn’t give the kids in the Not Perfect Hat Club a page from their coloring book to color. It’s just the first in a series that will be made available to all the kids who sign up for the Not Perfect Hat Club global blogging event. To learn more about the event (fun stuff) visit www.nphcblogit.com and sign up.
But in the meantime, just right click and save the image to your computer, print and color. It’s that simple. We’d love to see the results of course. Please post to social media and send us the link. Better yet, Tweet it out to our wonderful PLN on Twitter: @jenaiamorane, @BevLadd and @martysnowpaw