The few times I have reached out to authors that I like I have been surprised at how accommodating and communicative they are! Not that I have reason to think that wouldn’t be the case. I just wouldn’t think that responding on Twitter or via email to little ol’ me would on their radar… let alone a priority.
My daughter used to love the Nancy Tafuri books Have You Seen My Duckling? and Goodnight, My Duckling. We were curious about some of the animals included in some of the illustrations and reached out to her. She responded via email and gave us a list of the animals (with their scientific names!!) on each page.
Thank you so much for getting in touch with me about Have You Seen My Duckling?I am so happy your ‘Little One’ is enjoying my duck books!I’m including a list of all the creatures from both books for your reference just in case anotherquestion may arise…the crested bird is a Great Crested Grebe ~ (with artists liberty!)Happy reading and enjoy your summer!All my best,Nancy
Fluted Swallowtail, (Papilio) – (through out)Mallard with ducklings, (Anas platyrhynchos) – (through out)Green Heron, – (Butorides virescens)Beaver, – (Castor fiber)UNDER WATER SCENEPainted Turtle,– (chrysemys picta) (through out)Black Bullhead Catfish, – (Ameiurus melas)Large Mouth Bass, – (Micropterus salmoides)Spotted Salamander, – (Ambystoma maculatum)Crayfish, – (Procambarus clarkii)Green Frog, – (Rana clamitans)Stagnant Pond Snail, – (Lymnaea stagnalis)(Beetle) Backswimmers, – (Notonectidae)BY THE DOCKGreat Crested Grebe with chicks, – (Podiceps cristatus)
Imagine pulling those out of your pocket every time you were checking out materials from the library!
They do what they do because they want people to love stories, words, pictures, and reading. I know I wouldn’t get the same response from every single author. But I have only contacted the ones that make a particular impression on me, leave me wanting more, or questioning. Perhaps it is this quality that reaches out to me from their work that makes me feel compelled to to make it a two way street… to thank them for sharing their talents with the world.
These experiences will definitely make me encourage the youth patrons I come into contact with to reach out to the authors that mean something to them. If I feel the magic of these moments, imagine what a must happen to a budding, young impressionistic mind when they are touched in this way. I will always do whatever I can to encourage that love.