Yesterday Stitchy and I had the chance to hear some of the greatest children’s authors and cartoonists speak and help our fellow Oklahomans at the same time!  Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, organized a great group of gentlemen to speak at two different events at which proceeds were given to the school libraries affected by the May 2013 tornadoes.

Drawn Together Benefit for Moore School Libraries

I’ll be honest, this was a “Stitchy thing.”  He loves the books!  These authors’ works were the only reason he read at all last year.  I definitely owe ’em one.  Anyway, despite my thoughts going in, I was as enthralled and entertained as the kids were.  The guys were all great speakers and very engaging.  If I’d known, I’d have taped the entire presentation to save for Stitchy.

First on stage was Dav Pilkey, and his presentation started with a look back at his grade school years.  He totally could’ve been describing Stitchy, 100%.  Definitely hit home.

Dav Pilkey Dav Pilkey

Next was author and illustrator of Big Nate, Lincoln Peirce.  Stitchy was captivated as he discussed how Big Nate evolved.

Stitchy at Drawn Together Lincoln Peirce Big Nate

Jeff Kinney was up next, and he was definitely a fan favorite!  Stitchy is the proud owner of all of the Wimpy Kid books, and he’s anxiously awaiting the next installment.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney

Rounding out the group was Pearls Before Swine creator, Stephan Pastis.  We weren’t very familiar with his work, but, man, this guy is charismatic (and, not gonna lie, he’s definitely a bit of eye candy for the moms).  He’s a great speaker and had Stitchy ready to buy his newest venture, Timmy Failure. Unfortunately, by the time we made it to the book window, they were out.  It’s on our list!!

Stephan Pastis Timmy Failure

To end this fun afternoon, all four authors took the stage for a brief Q and A.  The questions were pre-chosen, and that was a little lame (I love a good ad-lib!), but I loved the final question: What is your advice for young authors and artists?  Hear the answers in our little highlights video below!

Drawn Together Benefit for Moore School Libraries Drawn Together Benefit for Moore School Libraries

Three of the four speakers offered a little sneak peek at their newest works by doing short readings.  First is Dav Pilkey (reading with voices!!), then Jeff Kinney showing a few Wimpy Kid teasers and finally Stephan Pastis introducing us to Timmy Failure.  Enjoy!

After the presentations, a meet and greet was available for those who wanted to stay.  Of course, we did!  Stitchy got a poster signed for his room, and I got one for my classroom.  They’ll definitely serve as a reminder of this fantastic event!!

Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney

Shake hands with one of his favorite authors. Check!

Stephan Pastis

See? Eye candy.

Dav Pilkey and Lincoln Peirce

Dav Pilkey and Lincoln Peirce

Such a cool day! Meeting the creator of Captain Underpants! The creator of Big Nate in orange also has bands on his wrist 24/7. Stitchy thought that was pretty awesome!!

I love that Stitchy could be any of these guys one day!  He loves making comics and drawing and writing stories, and as a couple of them looked back at their childhoods, I see a lot of Stitchy in their descriptions.  He had a great time, and he was really inspired to keep writing his current story.  So, keep an eye out, world!!!

Drawn Together Benefit for Moore School Libraries

This right here makes my heart so happy!! Reading was such a struggle for us the last couple years. We owe a big thanks to great writers!

Want to contribute to the libraries?  The yellow tee Stitchy is sporting was for sale at the event and can also be purchased online here!!