"Postcards are an inexpensive way to get an immediate message to customers. When they arrive in the mail, there's the message -- no envelope to open! First-Class Mail postcards are a great value, too." (end quote from USPS.com)...(begin possible quote from author/illustrator Jarrett Krosockza) "And postcards can be a great way to find a publisher!" Krosoczka, author and illustrator of nine picture books and the graphic novel series, Lunch Lady, sent out stacks of 50 postcards that featured his artwork to publishing houses only to be rejected over and over! However, eventually after 2 years of being ignored he received an email from someone at RandomHouse that jump-started his career.
I just loved the "postcard" story that Jarrett Krosoczka has told on his visits to schools. (Click here to hear him tell the story). I was inspired and also intrigued by his choice of a postcard as means of communication. Postcards can be a very cool way to correspond. My kids have received quite a few postcards from their grandparents as they do lots of traveling. However, they had never mailed a postcard themselves -- until today!
I made a template (click here to download) that falls within United States Post Office postcard dimensions. I printed the page on heavy paper and cut along the dotted lines. I asked my two children and nephew to think of who they would like to send a postcard to and then to draw a picture for them on the front. We then addressed the postcard on the lines provided. They chose to send their postcards to friends from school. They noted that they miss them already and it is only the second day of Winter Break! After addressing and drawing, we wrote a short message. I encouraged them to ask questions to their friends so they would have something to talk about if they choose to respond.
Jarrett Krosoczka developed his skills at the Rhode Island School of Design and published his first picture book, Good Night, Monkey Boy shortly after graduation. However, this all may have not been possible without his grandparents. They were responsible for raising him and noticed his "passion for art". Therefore, when his public school eliminated art classes they recognized the importance of enrolling him at the Worchester Art Museum. The classes at the museum provided a solid foundation for his art talent development. Krosoczka has set up a scholarship fund in memory of his grandparents, Joel and Shirley, to help provide funding for more children to attend art classes at the museum. Unfortunately, I missed this year's fundraiser which was held on Cyber Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday which allowed you to bid on lots of cool stuff! (I did become a follower of Jarrett on Twitter so I don't miss it next year!) - Click Here to Read More -