#AuthorsLoveTeachers and School Librarians Giveaway, 2021
Teachers. How I have thought of you and prayed for you over the last year. 2020 has been a year of wondering and worrying. Yet, I have seen the hoops you have jumped through for your students this year. I offer this post with gratitude and deep respect.
AND speaking of gratitude and deep respect…I could NOT pull off a giveaway such as this without each and every author/illustrator here today. The authors and illustrators here answered with kindness and concern on your behalf. They welcomed the opportunity to celebrate you. Because you are cherished.
The last time I facilitated this Valentine’s giveaway, I was in Florida. That was the last trip that I made before everything got tipped upside down and buttoned up. By the time spring hit (which was four years ago, right?) most of you were teaching from home, trying to find a new normal. I would feel downright silly writing a post here on how hard it’s been for you; you know far better than I do. But there is one thing about your job that I do know…
Teachers, do you know when I most think of you? At the end of a full day of author Zooms. Because, you know what? I LOVE KIDS. I LOVE TEACHERS. I LOVE VISITING SCHOOLS. But I have found that in the “before times” I could spend seven hours in a building to present, visit classrooms, and lunch with kids. Then I’d sign a bunch of books. At the end of the day, I’d go out to my car and I was tired.
But not “Zoom tired”.
Right? You know what I mean? I really DO love to connect to kids via Zoom. There are some advantages to it, but mostly I just miss kids and teachers and the smell of schools. I marvel at how you have taught via a screen day after day. Month after month. Presently, many of you are teaching masked kids who are spread out across classrooms, but you make the best of it and stay positive for the kids. And I know that some of you have really gone above and beyond, dropping things off on porches and stoops, texting with kids, etc. That’s resilience and dedication and love all wound up together. Teaching is not just an honored profession. It is a calling.
It’s a very special heart and soul who hears that call and answers it; I figured that out by the fourth grade. And BELIEVE ME, your kids have figured that out, too. You don’t have to be perfect. Kids don’t care about that stuff. We adults do. Kids just want you to care. I was such a child. When you see and care for the child, the student works very hard for you.
I have done this giveaway for several years now and I was extra determined to get it posted this year. I reached out to dozens of my author friends and we have banded together to honor you.
To thank you. To wish you well. To remind you that you MATTER. Those kids behind those masks and screens need you. Sadly, for some of them you are the adult who sees them. Pays attention. That is life altering stuff. Trust me. I know this.
And with all of the obstacles and budget cuts. With having to buy your own supplies, track down kids who don’t follow through, praise those who do, contact parents who are not always cooperative, and stand on your head to engage kids via screens or through masks, you persevere.
In addition to curriculum you see the child before the student and assist kids with their heightened anxiety and depression, all the while worrying about their safety. Now, pile on your very real worries regarding your personal safety as well as the safety of your loved ones…with all of that to navigate…you remain stalwart for those kids.
That’s what makes you a hero.
SO…<DRUM ROLL>…HERE at he books for the #AuthorsLoveTeachers Giveaway. Directions on how to enter are at the BOTTOM. << ONE WINNER WILL win them ALL! >>
Rules: ***Giveaway ends on Saturday, February 20 at 11:59PM. Winner will be announced the following day.
ENTER by Retweeting with hashtag #AuthorsLoveTeachers. Also, please comment on this blog. We’d love to hear about your experiences through all of this. Your struggles and victories. (NO pressure to be long!) PLEASE INCLUDE your Twitter handle or e-mail so I can find you if you win!
1) This is to show our appreciation for teachers and librarians, specifically. Therefore, the winner MUST have a school mailing address and be presently employed at that school.
***2) We know that teachers do not always get the appreciation they deserve. (They deserve parades and serenades and major awards.) This giveaway is a reminder that WE appreciate you. Yes—we write the books, but YOU are in the trenches every day. YOU get the books into the hands of children. Together, we create life-long readers.
And for that…we are most grateful.