Last week, Katie Woo author Fran Manushkin shared a heart-warming letter that was sent to her from a mother of a young reader. It served as a wonderful reminder that our books make a real difference to the children who read them, and it has inspired us as we plan for more Katie adventures. Here is what this thoughtful mother had to say:
I am sending you a heart-felt thank you for helping my soon to be first grade daughter find her love of reading and books again. She had a horrific kindergarten experience and she lost that enthusiasm she has always had for school. It was painful for me to watch as her mother and a Middle School Language Arts teacher. I happened to be at the IRA annual conference in the spring where you signed a copy of Katie Woo and the Class Pet. I brought her home the signed copy and it was truly amazing to watch her excitement and level of confidence grow instantly. She gained back her confidence to read on her own and found that she can find success in reading at this early age, she just needs to believe in herself. The story lines in your Katie Woo series directly relate to her own life and she anxiously anticipates Katie’s next adventure. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for providing this experience for her at a time we needed it the most. She is now devouring all the books in the series and I often find her with covers over her head and a flashlight reading a Katie Woo book. She carries them with her everywhere we go and frequently re-reads each book.