The dozen or so kids seated on the floor in front of the author learned that even if buffaloes can't quite manage scissors and can be messy finger painters, there's a place for everyone in school.
Vernick, who lives in Ocean Township, also read Teach Your Buffalo to Play Drums that was published in June and helped the kids make masks to channel their inner buffaloes. The author spent time pointing out the sillier illustrations and marveling at the children’s artistic efforts in coloring their masks.
“Reading to children of this age gives me a chance to connect with the people I wrote the book for,” said Vernick as the children worked on their craft. “I am normally dealing with the gatekeepers; the parents, teachers and librarians. These afternoons give me the chance to spend time with the kids and color with them.”
Vernick spends time visiting schools and libraries to share her love of writing. “One of my favorite parts of being a writer is sharing my books and stories with readers and aspiring writers of all ages. I enjoy visiting schools and shining a light on the dark mysteries of writing and publishing.” Interested libraries can contact Audrey through her Web site.
Next week at the Eatontown Library: back by popular demand, Miss Jeanne will present an exhilarating, easy to follow, Latin-inspired dance/exercise fusion in “Moving to Zumba!” 4 p.m., on Sept. 28.