I spent yesterday morning at Barnes & Noble in West Dundee, talking to second-graders from Perry Elementary school. Perry has a lot of students from low-income families, so the store and school collaborate every year to raise money so the students can afford to buy a book. We had a lot of fun reading books, inventing pirates and talking about sharks and trains. Thanks to Suzanne Lattanzio at B&N for making it happen.

Kids are always surprised to learn that pirates wield a plunger more often than a sword, due to frequent problems on the poop deck.