Jackson’s letter is why authors and illustrators should not only create books, but visit with readers.
“Dear Mark Wayne Adams,
Thank you for coming to Julington Creek Elementary School, I am glad that I got to sit next to you while the 5th Graders were performing their story. I was wearing a blue Under Armor long sleeve shirt with a white stripe going down the shirt. My friend, a girl with a long sleeve pink shirt and you signed her notebook and drew a picture in it.
I love your books, especially “Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous!” I would like to order the “Best Sketchbook.” But I would not like to order “Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous!” because we read it at the assembly.
In the notebook (on the first page) I would like you to draw a baseball player because I am a baseball player. And if you could please give me an autograph.
P.S. You are a really nice and funny man. I loved your “stories” that you told us at the assembly. LOVE YOUR BOOKS! Write back if you get the chance. You are my favorite author now!”
February 18, 2015
Jackson, thank you for being a fan. You’re an inspiring friend! —Mark Wayne Adams