The Magic in Author Visits

Written by MagicBeans and Dr. Dawn Menge

Do you remember when you were a kid and had a special event at your school? How exciting that day was? Especially if it was an author visiting with goodies, books, coloring pages or special bookmarks. You felt special! You got to be part of that experience and it was definitely something you remembered. That is why MagicBeans believes that author visits are so important when it comes to showing children the importance of literacy and reading and especially so in low income area schools. One of our amazing authors Dr. Dawn Menge was kind enough to attend a school literacy night with last minute notice because she knows the kind of difference these visits make to a child and the smile on their faces says it all. (This visit was Pre-Covid 19 and we are praying we will get to a point again where our children can experience these amazing visits in their schools again) Read her experience below:

"Attending author events can be an exhausting experience when added onto a full-time job and our other responsibilities we have in our lives. MagicBeans Bookstore was asking for authors to attend a Literacy night at an Elementary school. I volunteered to attend the event not realizing where the event was. I worked all day in the high desert of Southern California, drove to downtown LA, attended the event and then drove to Phoenix, Arizona for another author event. When I arrived at the Elementary school we were greeted with enthusiasm and whisked to the auditorium for the Literacy night introductions.

My mother who was a Kindergarten teacher for over twenty years accompanies me on many of my events. She is the person who created The Queen Vernita crowns in the backseat of a car on our way to an event over ten years ago. She is my navigator on our travels to promote The Queen’s adventures that are written about her mother who was my grandmother Vernita a world traveler.