Earlier this month, I had the great pleasure to present to a group of brilliant kids during the Halifax Education Association's Read Across America event.
We kicked things off with a reading of Dr. Suess' If I Ran the Circus. It's a real tongue twister that proves Dr. Seuss hated parents and enjoyed making them look foolish. Of course, I fully embrace that idea, and have no problem stumbling through a silly text in front of a large crowd.
After the reading, we created drawings together. The kids shouted out animals and professions. I then combined the two together into a character. Here, I'm drawing a very meta lion-tamer lion. We also created a surfing bird, wolf teacher, and bunny knight fighting a dragon.
I love playing this game with kids. It's a chance to really get them involved in the presentation. Plus, they think it's hilarious to watch me as I struggle to jam together whatever two disparate things they've thrown at me.
I really felt the pressure when helping pick door prize winners. As you can see, it really stressed me out.
This was my second year participating in HEA's Read Across America event, and it's always a blast. I'd like to thank Kimberly Tuck and the hardworking group of employees and volunteers that put together a seamless day of presentations. Without them, there wouldn't be a chance for me to hang out with so many creative and hilarious kids. They make the entire thing happen.
Thanks, too, to Duane McCargo Photography for allowing me to share their images.