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Time to get creative! Storytime with drawing workshop
Storytime: Penny and the Plain Piece of Paper followed by easy step-by-step drawing lesson and presentation about the book’s creative process. Bring some papers and colors and join the fun!
Going from Idea to Published Book
Ever think about writing a book? Do you have any idea what the process is in going from an idea in your head to holding a finished book in your hands? This educational and entertaining visit with a much-published author gives kids (and adults) an inside look at the world of writing and publishing.
Extra! Extra! Make Your Own Newspaper Club!
Welcome to The Newspaper Club, cub reporters! As Nellie says, “What could more exciting than kicking off a brand new newspaper—one that we could create entirely on our own?” The goal of most newspapers is to report the news and not be the news, but when it comes to a family or class newspaper, you and the other members are primary sources. This…
Square Bear and his Friends Teach Us All about Polygons
Polygon. Sounds difficult. But it’s just one of those befuddling terms mathematicians use to mystify a simple concept. In the fairytale Square Bear the Polygon Princess is constructed of polygons. So are the handsome Triangle Prince and his faithful steed, Rectangle Horse. Square Bear is made of very special polygons. In this session, we read a…
History Kids Care About
How do you go to the bathroom in a suit of armor? Were there dogs on the Mayflower? What's a fast-acting poison that can't be traced? What insect has caused the most misery in human history? When was underwear invented? A lively, interactive discussion about the history that kids really want to know about.
Meet the Creator
Join British kid's author, poet and stand-up comic, IAN BILLINGS, on an intergalactic voyage full of fun, frolics and out-of-this-world poetry. Let's countdown to blast off and see what extraterrestrial poems we encounter on the way. It could be "The Tale of the Sad Black Hole" or "Light Sabre's Last Swish" or "Behold the Mighty Quongo" or many,…
Cryptozoology for Kids!
Is your child interested in the search for legendary animals that might be real like Bigfoot and The Loch Ness Monster? Join Lija Fisher, children's book author and Bigfoot Conference speaker, as she shares tidbits about these mysterious creatures and how some animals of myth and legend have already been found!
Nature & Animals
Serengeti Safari: lions and giraffe and hippos, oh my!
Grab your binoculars. We’re going on a safari, all from the comfort of your couch!
Nature Explorers: Nature Journaling Workshop
Participants should bring paper, a writing implement, and an interesting find from their own nature explorations. Get to know nature while building curiosity, awe and wonder. You'll discover a whole new way of experiencing the natural world!
The First Amendment: What Does It Mean?
Kids of all ages tell one another "I can say that -- it's a free country!" But what makes a country free? How does freedom of speech really work? Join me (a former lawyer) for a kid-friendly discussion of the First Amendment, using my book, "Free for You and Me: What Our First Amendment Means."
People & Places
Struttin' With Some Barbecue: Make a rhythmic poem with the author
With the author, students will write a poem using a familiar rhythmic poem as a model. We'll explore rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, repetition, and more; after hearing a brief lively reading of an early jazz poem. The students will go away with a fun assignment to listen to their favorite music, absorb the rhythm, and write along those lines.
Picture Books, Pre-K & Early Readers
From an idea to a story. I can help you make this happen.
From the germ of an idea to writing a meaningful story. I would like to help you develop your idea into the story you want to tell. Bring your idea/s, some paper, pencils or ipad and we will work together to make a great story!
Science & Technology
That’s not a Beagle, a Silly Study of Attributes
The story of a neighborly extraterrestrial visitor in a search of a little boy’s lost beagle leads us to study attributes and grouping into sets. Because attributes are the characteristics that define everything, as the helpful alien learns what attributes make a beagle a beagle, children also learn to describe what a beagle is, what it is not, and…
The Water Cycle and Never Giving Up
What do the water cycle and persistence have in common? Find out in this interactive program which includes a read aloud of THE RAINDROP WHO COULDN'T FALL, fun facts about the water cycle, and a discussion about persistence and how to ask for help when we need it.
Self & Relationships
The Write Stuff: Discovering the Hero in SUPER JAKE... and in You
Everybody loves heroes, and we need them now more than ever. Luckily, there are plenty of heroes in SUPER JAKE & THE KING OF CHAOS - if you know how to find them. And after we talk about what makes a hero, you might even find one in your own mirror.
Skills, Hobbies & Interests
World & Culture
Let's Have Fun in Paris!
Marielle is a mouse with moxie! She may be small but her ideas are big. Marielle is a fashion designer in Paris and when she is given a commission to create nine fancy dresses, she travels around the city for inspiration. But later, when, a big wind scatters her unique creations, Marielle must overcome her fear of heights to fly high above Paris on…
Writing & Illustrating
Writing: What’s Your Story? The Route to writing “Personal Narrative”
Maryann will share her book based on her own childhood experiences. She’ll encourage young writers and storytellers to find their own stories.
School Visit Program: The Story Behind The Story
Bring Author-Illustrator Maryann Cocca-Leffler into your classroom or homeschooling group. She'll share her process of writing and illustrating a book, from idea, to sketches to finished art, while encouraging students to write and illustrate their own stories.