2022 #AuthorsLoveTeachers Giveaway
Wow. It’s been a couple of bizarre years, hasn’t it?
For we authors and illustrators, everything came to a stop when Covid came on the scene. No more drives or flights. No more school visits. No more conferences. The whole thing halted. Like a big rambling truck running into thick, springtime mud. So, we pivoted and the author experience shifted out of necessity. We learned about some newfangled thing called Zoom. And became more adept at other digital platforms. We did our best to support teachers by providing content, but…
For teachers that truck didn’t hit springtime mud. That truck came upon a steep incline. With patchy ice. Things didn’t pivot; they tipped upside down and spun around. The truck needed to make a long, arduous trip with very little gas and a bad muffler.
You started your engines and strapped yourselves in. And you rose to the occasion. All the while, worrying about your own safety and the safety of your families. Some of you had children of your own learning online. Oh there was/is so much to navigate. I don’t think the saying, “Some day, we’ll all look back on this and laugh.” applies here.
A giveaway on Twitter, in the grand scheme things, is not a big deal; I realize it’s a small gesture. But the authors here answered my call with enthusiasm. “Of course I’d love to help celebrate teachers!” There’s a lot of love here. Respect and admiration. Good wishes and gratitude.
Those of you who “know my story” know that, as a kid, I had teachers who changed the course of my life. I write to you today because of those people. Education was not just a career to them; it was a calling.
I’ve thought those teachers heroic since I was a sixth grader. In September of that year, I thought I was nothing. I was told I wouldn’t amount to anything and I had begun to buy into it. I’d made all kinds of assumptions about myself and my future. Until my sixth grade teacher, Mr. Christy, took me under his wing and made a point to change my perceptions of who I was and what I could do.
And there were other times, too, when I could have fallen hard; but it was the hands of my teachers who caught me. A science teacher in middle school. Both an algebra teacher and an English teacher in high school. They helped me know what success felt like and made me want more of it. They helped me think long term and find direction. And I write to each of you today because of them.
Those teachers saved me. Never doubt that. The power of a teacher is grand. But the power of a beloved and respected teacher is extraordinary.
And I bet that you are extraordinary.
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****THANK YOU, FELLOW CREATIVES!**** There is NO WAY I could do this without the support, kindness, and generosity of the over a hundred authors and/or illustrators who have donated.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to EACH and EVERY ONE of you!!!
And NOW, without further adieu…Here are the BOOKS OF 2022!! (HA! That rhymes 🙂
Rules: ***Giveaway ends on Sunday, 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 planets named after them.) 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.