ASK FOR QUESTIONS IN ADVANCE OF YOUR VISIT
I love questions at events. I really do. BUT, it can be very difficult to pick a questioner ("how about the boy in the blue shirt there? no, I meant that blue shirt...") out of a sea of children popping up and down like the Frogger game at a carnival, hands waiving, hollering, "me, me, me!" -- you get the picture. To conquer this issue, ask the person in charge of your visit to solicit questions in advance and have them ready for you. This exercise can become part of the extended learning preparation for your visit. It is also a great way to give the media specialist, custodian, or school secretary some limelight. Before your presentation, ask if they would mind coming on stage to read questions for you. Children love to see adults around them under a new (spot) light.
Carrie Pearson is a children's book author and creator-cheerleader.