Anna Myers, one of Oklahoma's treasured children's authors, shared her wit, wisdom, and writing with over 700 of our sixth graders. She mesmerized us with her book talks on several of her nineteen children's novels.
"The character will be with you soon," she said. Then she turned her back, slipped into a simple shirt or shawl, and led us into the smoke of Tulsa Burning, the prisons of Time of the Witches, and backstage at Ford's theater in Assassin.
An extra special moment was when she gave writing tips to ten lucky students who entered a contest to spend "face-to-face" time with her. I said afterwards, "Who knows how those few moments of your time have changed the direction those young lives will go."
I am so thankful to call Anna a dear friend, but I'm even more thankful that she is able to share her life with students all over the country.
One sweet girl said it best when she shyly raised her hand during Anna's presentation and whispered, "I love your books."