A writer inspired by nature and human nature


Dear Mrs. Glynn & Fourth Grade Students,

How exciting it was to check my mailbox last week and find all of your wonderful Thank You Letters. They really made my day. Your notes and illustrations are fantastic. There is nothing that makes an author happier than hearing from her fans. I’m so glad that you enjoyed AMAZING MATILDA. I definitely enjoyed meeting all of you, reading my book and having a book talk. You had so many great questions to ask me about writing and you offered excellent insights into the book’s messages.

I took a picture of your letters and thought you’d like to see it. So, here it is!

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Letters from fourth grade fans in Hartland, Maine. ~ Photo by Bette A. Stevens, Maine author/illustrator

I keep a file called MY SMILE FILE and all of your amazing letters waiting for me there. That way, on gloomy days when I need a smile, I can read your letters and think of ALL OF YOU—Mrs. Gynn and her amazing fourth grade students!

I included both of my children’s books in the photo. You’ll find copies in your school library. Yes, I will be back to read to you again. My favorite genre is historical fiction. Nature and human nature (people) are the things that inspire me to write my books. I’ll be posting this letter on my web/blog http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Happy reading, writing and all of those other amazing things that you all do,

Bette A. Stevens, MAINE AUTHOR ILLUSTRATOR

Inspired by nature BAS Dec 2015

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Comments on: "A Letter to Fourth Grade Fans" (15)

  1. Must be a wonderful feeling…..

    • Yes, Barbara. It’s amazing! As a retired teacher, I love getting back into the classroom and sharing my books and writing journey with young readers and writers.

  2. How very lovely 🙂

  3. How wonderful to be appreciated- you and your work. Blessings!

  4. Thanks for the comments, all. Teachers and students everywhere are always excited to have a visitor/volunteer come in to read a story and talk about it with them. Reading with kids is always a win-win time!

  5. Hearing from one’s readers is the ultimate high for an author – especially if they like your work!

    • It sure is, Joe. Next Saturday, I’ll be reading my children’s books at the FREE FAMILY READING CARNIVAL put on my our local Lions Club. It’s always great to get to connect in a personal way with young readers and writers–and next week I’ll get to meet their families too. Online or in person, it’s always a treat to get to know our readers! Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  6. Oh, that is so cute and wonderful, Bette. Those children will remember that visit and your letter for years to come. 🙂

  7. Hello Sweet Lady!

    Thought I better get over here and see what is new and going on here on your amazing blog! What an awesome thing the kids did by sending a letter! You are so *Loved* by many, and I am SO happy we are friends. You do some much for the school kids with your wonderful children’s books and teaching them. XOXO…

    I wasn’t sure if you knew about my new Author News & Events page, so here is the link https://anauthorandwriterinprogress.wordpress.com/lyon-book-promotions-presents-author-events-promos-news-and-more/ and I will add your promo to it closer to the time.

    Happy Caturday! LOL.

    *Catherine Lyon* 🙂

  8. Shared your Events Page on Twitter. Thanks for your thoughtful comments. You Rock! ❤

  9. I’m smiling reading this, Bette. What a treasure – your name for the file is just perfect. 😀

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