I was surprised by a bunch of first graders at an author visit last week with Mrs. Attard's class at Kohl Elementary in Broomfield, CO. After reading my new picture book (Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop!) with them, I found out that each of these six and seven year olds wanted to be a ninja (or in several instances, ninja princesses). That didn't surprise me. What did surprise me was how sophisticated these kids were with the writing process.
I began quizzing the class about what makes a good story and what their first step should be. I expected them to say to shout out a number of possible responses. My plan was to introduce the holy trinity of writing: character, plot and setting.
But I didn't expect what I got.