The second grade students at my school were required to do a book report on any fiction book of their choice. I was elated to hear that several of them decided to read my book, The Smith Family Secret!
Their teacher told me that she would let me see their reports when they were finished. I was expecting neat five paragraph essays. You can imagine my surprise when she brought down five different versions of the main character, Cardiff Smith.
Each Cardiff opened up to reveal the book report itself.
All of them were unique in their own ways. I was especially impressed by their diversity,
by the adjectives they used to describe the main character,
and by their musings on what they would do if they ever met him.
I wish book reports were this much fun when I was a kid!
Reading a book report like this, from children who have enjoyed the story that fell out of my head one day while I should have been lesson planning, is a reminder why I started writing in the first place. Certainly the best kind of fan mail.
What was the best kind of fan mail you’ve ever received? Feel free to share!