September 10, 2013

How Addiction and Truancy Helped Me Get a Job


It's true. If I wasn't so hooked on books and if I hadn't let Noah skip school to attend a Nathan Hale author event at Politics and Prose, I would never have started up a conversation that eventually resulted in a dream job. Seriously, a dream job. 

I get paid to bring amazing children's authors into inner city DC schools AND each student gets an autographed copy of the book. It's the perfect melding of my social work background, my love of books, and my desire to see a world filled with kids and adults who love reading. And it is all made possible because of a fabulous children's literacy foundation known as An Open Book.

Our fall line up is an impressive list of favorites (Grace Lin, Matt Phelan, Linda Sue Park, Gene Yang, David Wiesner, Annie Barrows, Jonathan Stroud,Gennifer Choldenko) and some wonderful-new-to-me ones, too. This is our first full week of visits for this school year and it has me feeling both excited and a bit anxious to see it all come together, but mostly I just feel so darn lucky to be a part of this. 

8 comments:

Melissa Fox said...

WOW! Congrats. That is a dream job.

Emily M. said...

Big congratulations, Lucia. That sounds amazing.

Rebecca Alexis said...

ohhhhh lucky, lucky you! Congrats! that job sounds amazing! I am very jealous of your line up. All great authors! xxoo

joyce matula welch said...

That sounds so very cool! Congratulations :)

Martha said...

How absolutely wonderful. I am so happy for you.

Karla said...

Congratulations, Lucia. Sounds like a perfect fit for you.

Carrie McKown said...

Can't wait to hear all about your first few days. Congrats! They also got a dream employee.

Dawn Suzette said...

This is great Lucia!
Sounds like the perfect job for you and I love the story of how it all came together!
Congrats!