Several years ago, Kenny and I were “video hosts” for the International Reading Association Conference. It was amazing. We got the chance to meet incredible educators AND speak with some of our heroes in the kidlit world!
Including (drum roll please)….Author/Illustrator/Media Guru extraordinaire, Peter Reynolds!! He’s an amazing guy who is absolutely passionate about creativity, a topic that is near and dear to my heart. In fact, I was a little star struck and overwhelmed by the entire thing. You can tell because I forgot to actually talk into the mic for one of my questions (it’s not like I’ve been doing this for YEARS or anything). It doesn’t matter, because it’s what he says that’s amazing.
He’s all about kids creating their own stories. YES! YES! YES! Me too! Me too! Heck, that’s the reason we make the entire audience in our live theater shows the MAIN CHARACTER in the story. We want them to help create the story and be active participants, not passive observers.
He’s also a firm believer in modeling creativity (hmmm…sounds like an episode of Project Runway).
My favorite takeaway from the interview is (and I’m paraphrasing):
“Kids need to see adults being creative. Draw, write, paint, sing, make a movie, write a song. Show kids that making stuff is a wonderful thing!”
Peter, we couldn’t agree with you more!