When I do a book signing or other author event, I usually take some art supplies along to demonstrate book folding techniques. Children in particular are willing to try making a folded form and sometimes write or draw in their book as well. This gives the adults time to look at my books and hopefully buy one or take a brochure. I truly enjoy working with the children. They are so delighted to learn something new.
Last Saturday, one 10 year old girl spent a half of hour with me, folding her book, drawing and writing a story. She decided on a Halloween theme and called her book, “Candy Bat,” an appropriate title. She used my small, stuffed bat I had on display as a sample for her drawings. Whenever, she became stuck with her story, I helped her by asking questions like, “And then what happened?” or “Do you want to use dialogue?” I did sell a few books, but the best time I had was teaching book folding to young children.