In honor of March being National Reading Month, I thought I would share about the time I got to read my children’s book, the Christmas Color, to a few classes last December (a little late of a post, but it was a career highlight for me so I wanted to share anyway and National Reading Month seems perfect). It was a pleasure and honor to get to read my book to three classes at two different schools. Seeing the sweet faces of the children more than warmed my heart. One of the schools even had their students wear red in honor of the book – talk about making one feel welcome! After one of the readings, a little girl approached me as the group was thinning out and she almost seemed like she had a secret for me. She confided in me that she wanted to be a children’s book illustrator and author when she grows up, too! The expression in her voice melted me. My response was that she can be an author/illustrator of children’s books NOW. No need to wait! Later, my husband said that I should have given her my number. He’s right – I should have! It’s moments like these that I will cherish always. I’m so grateful for a community that embraces children as well as those who create books with children in mind.