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Path to Publication: Minefield or Mentored

No matter where you are on the path to publication, you probably have questions - but getting honest answers is a challenge. I'll share strategies that worked for me, tips and techniques from my picture book writing toolbox, and a boatload of encouragement and inspiration.

Vivian Kirkfield

45 Minute Program

WORDPLAY PLAYGROUND! -- Writing Fun!

Melissa Stoller will read the picture book, READY, SET, GORILLA! and discuss using wordplay and puns in writing. Children will leave with several of their own word play words ready for use in their stories.

Melissa Stoller

45 Minute Program

MEET THE AUTHOR - story time and question/answer session

In this "Meet the Author" program, Melissa Stoller will discuss her long and winding writing journey, read one book, and encourage children to work hard and follow their passions.

Melissa Stoller

45 Minute Program

How Does an Idea Become a Book?

How do you make the cover? How did you get the pictures? How many revisions did you have to do? Young readers always have so many questions about the book publishing process. I'll give a quick overview with lots of time for participants to ask their own questions.

Mary Boone

30 Minute Program

Draw a truck and give it some personality!

I'll teach you how to draw a vehicle of your choice: a truck perhaps? How about a car, an airplane or a space ship? Then we'll give it some emotion, personality and expression!

David Gordon

45 Minute Program

Banned Book Club Meeting

The co-author of the acclaimed graphic novel Banned Book Club will take you on a journey to celebrate the relentless rebellion of reading!

Ryan Estrada

45 Minute Program

Drawing party!

Let's draw! Award winning author and Illustrator Ryan Estrada has drawn Garfield, Popeye, Star Trek, Flash Gordon, and now he's going to draw with you! Grab some paper and pens! We'll play some illustration games and have a lot of fun!

Ryan Estrada

30 Minute Program

Learn to read and write Korean in 45 minutes!

Can you write your name in Korean? Hangul may look hard, but it's actually easier than the ABCs! With just a few minutes and fun games, I can help you master it! Perfect for K-Pop fans, kid codebreakers, world travelers, or just anyone who wants to learn a neat new skill that will impress people for the rest of your life!

Ryan Estrada

45 Minute Program

Cure your stage fright in 45 minutes!

Do you ever wish you were better at talking in front of people? Whether you're about to give a speech in front of a big audience, read a book in front of a class, introduce yourself in a job interview, or just say hello to some new friends, stage fright can make life much harder! Luckily, I have the cure!

Ryan Estrada

45 Minute Program

LEARNING KINDNESS AND INCLUSION THROUGH PICTURE BOOKS

Ellen will use A FLOOD OF KINDNESS as well as other books as a jumping-off point for activities, discussion, and a bit of writing on inclusion, kindness, and understanding. All programs are designed for specific grade levels.

Ellen Leventhal

45 Minute Program

Don't Just Read Aloud--Trigger Your Child's Critical Thinking

Parents, learn how to enhance your child's critical thinking through their favorite picture books and related hands-on activities.

Susan Robinson

45 Minute Program

5-Minute Poems

Can young children write poetry? Of course! Your child will learn how to write a poem in 5 minutes!

Susan Robinson

30 Minute Program

Teaching empathy and ethics with storytelling

How do you write a book series for young children to encourage their ethical thinking and empathy?

Penny Harris

45 Minute Program

Don't Just Read Aloud--Trigger Your Child's Creative Thinking

Parents, learn how to expand your child's creative thinking through their favorite picture books and related hands-on activities.

Susan Robinson

45 Minute Program

The Story Glove

Learn about story elements by crafting your own story glove!

Susan Robinson

45 Minute Program

Storytime with Poke the Hedgehog!

Storytime with the author, followed by discussion, song, dance, and a hands-on activity.

Susan Robinson

45 Minute Program

8 Tips for a Riveting Read-aloud

Parents, do your read-alouds keep your children on the edge of their seats? Or do you put them to sleep, even when it's not bedtime? Learn my secret techniques for making read-aloud so dynamic your kids will beg for book after book!

Susan Robinson

45 Minute Program

Cliff the Failed Troll: From Brainstorm to Bookstore

How does a troll goal become a story? From first draft to finished product, I’ll give you all the goods on the making of a picture book. Program includes plenty of writing tips for young (and not-so-young) creators.

Barbara Davis-Pyles

45 Minute Program

Blending Fact & Fiction: A Writing Workshop

Learn how to blend fact and fiction with a dose of humor with best-selling picture book author Stef Wade. Just as in her books A PLACE FOR PLUTO and THE VERY LAST LEAF, you will learn how to write a fiction book with non-fiction elements through a variety of brainstorming and writing exercises.

Stef Wade

45 Minute Program

THE VERY LAST LEAF: Leaves, Trees & Facing Your Fears

In this unbe-LEAF-able presentation by Author Stef Wade, you will learn about the life cycle of a leaf, enjoy a read aloud of THE VERY LAST LEAF, and learn how to face your fears, just like Lance Cottonwood. This is a great visit for the autumn season, for graduation time, or for any child who struggles with facing the unknown.

Stef Wade

30 Minute Program

A PLACE FOR PLUTO: Finding Your Place in the Universe

Calling all space fans! Join Author Stef Wade for an out-of-this-world exploration of space and everyone's favorite dwarf planet, Pluto! You will enjoy a reading of Stef's award-winning A PLACE FOR PLUTO, as well as discover more about planets, the solar system, and following your dreams!

Stef Wade

30 Minute Program

Do You Have Big Feelings?

Mister Rogers knew how important it was for children learn about feelings. In this program, Laura will share excerpts from her book FRED'S BIG FEELINGS: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF MISTER ROGERS and engage participants in a interactive discussion about feelings, big and small.

Laura Renauld

30 Minute Program

SCHOOL PRESENTATION: A WRITER'S JOURNEY

When you go on a roadtrip, you need to be prepared: map your route, research your destination, pack your suitcase…. A writer’s journey is very similar. From ideas and story maps to drafts and revision, let’s take a trip!

Laura Renauld

45 Minute Program

Meet the Woodland Friends!

Laura will introduce her Woodland Friends: Porcupine, Bear, and Squirrel. This preschool storytime includes a read aloud and simple craft.

Laura Renauld

30 Minute Program

Ideas are Everywhere: Creating a Writer's Notebook

Have you ever wondered where an author gets their ideas from? In this program, I'll let you in on a little secret... Ideas are everywhere! Bring a blank notebook and we will create a Writer's Notebook to capture them in.

Laura Renauld

30 Minute Program

Meet Carol L. Paur

Can't meet me in person? Join me as I read from Isasnora Snores, talk about my writing, and answer your questions.

Carol Paur

30 Minute Program

Missing the Five Senses

The Five Senses help us write, but what if we're missing them? Learn about writers with disabilities that impair one or more of their five senses and see how they overcame these obstacles.

Carol Paur

30 Minute Program

Isasnora Snores Slumber Party!

Join me as we plan an Isasnora Snores themed slumber party you can enjoy by yourself or with others.

Carol Paur

30 Minute Program

Questions

"What if you could talk to plants, and they told you a secret?" Taking reality and adding a twist. A discussion of reality-based fantasy.

Mike Anderson

45 Minute Program

Spread Kindness with KINDNESS IS A KITE STRING

Michelle Schaub shares how small acts of kindness can make a huge difference with her picture book KINDNESS IS A KITE STRING.

Michelle Schaub

30 Minute Program

We all have a story!

Micki Bare pulls from her journey as a writer to engage students in finding and expressing their own stories.

Micki Bare

45 Minute Program

The Number Pi, Revolution, and the Power of Math to Change the World

Learn some of the mathematics behind the fascinating number pi (the key to unlocking the secrets of the circle and for that matter many far-flung secrets of the universe). And explore, too, some of the history of this elusive number, which will take you into the life of Archimedes and also, centuries later, the life of his spiritual brother, Jurij…

Amy Alznauer

30 Minute Program

Flying Paintings, Chinese History + Brush Painting and Calligraphy

Flying Paintings tells the story of two Chinese brothers who grew up during the Cultural Revolution in China. Through this program we will look inside the book, learn about Chinese history, and practice Chinese brush painting - all through engaging, multimedia presentations.

Amy Alznauer

45 Minute Program

The Strange Birds of Flannery O'Connor Author Visit + Mini-Book Making

The Strange Birds of Flannery O'Connor tells the story of the odd, bird-loving author from Georgia. In this program, I will take you inside the book and inside the O'Connor archives, so you will get a rare glimpse at Flannery's childhood work. And finally, I will demonstrate several methods for making little books yourself, just as she did, and…

Amy Alznauer

45 Minute Program

The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity Author Visit + Inspiring Math Activities for All Ages

Hear the author's story behind The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity (which involves a little girl, an adventure, and the discovery of a lost notebook!). Look inside the book. And explore some inspiring math activities (for all ages) rooted in traditional geometry and games of India.

Amy Alznauer

45 Minute Program

Meet the Author of the Little Witches Series

Ask all of your questions about Lila and her magical friends, what it's like to draw pictures for a book, or what my favorite color is? Any questions you have, I'll answer. We can even color while we talk too!

Emmie B.

30 Minute Program

Eco Avengers

With simple actions, we all can make a difference for our planet.

Dawn Wynne

45 Minute Program

Author Talk

Interview award-winning author Dawn Wynne.

Dawn Wynne

30 Minute Program

Writing with the Senses

Discover how the use of words brings stories to life.

Dawn Wynne

30 Minute Program

Boo! Scary, Spooky Stories & Spine-Tingling Tales

A hair-raising half hour for readers who love spooky stories and other frights, from the silly to the spine-tingling to the hide-under-the-covers scary...

Anica Rissi

30 Minute Program

Grades 1-3: Create Your Own Book!

Have you ever wanted to produce your own book? You can! This program is especially for first- through third-graders who dream of becoming authors and illustrators--and holding their own books in their hands.

Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh

45 Minute Program

Hey, What's the Idea?! (How to Get Writing Ideas from Your Own Life)

Lee has talked with thousands and thousands of children and young adults over the course of her 35+ year career. The #1 question she's been asked thousands and thousands of times is: "Where do you get your ideas?" In this program, Lee will discuss how to get great ideas from one's own life (even if you think your life is BOR-ring!) and how to turn…

Lee Wardlaw

45 Minute Program

101 Ways to Bug an Author...with Questions! (Extended Program)

Have you ever wondered what an author's daily routine looks like? How they come up with the names and personalities of their characters? What they do when they get rejection letters or Writer's Block? Maybe you’re curious about their writing process...which of their books is their favorite (or least favorite!) - - and WHY - - or perhaps you're…

Lee Wardlaw

45 Minute Program

School Visit: ROBOTS & DRONES!

This fun STEM/STEAM presentation begins with an overview of modern robots and helpful drones and the books Shanda was inspired to make because of them! She’ll read aloud one of her books, Doll-E 1.0 or T-Bone the Drone (depending on the grade level) and then demonstrate how to draw (step-by-step) one of the robotic characters. Lastly, she’ll answer…

Shanda McCloskey

45 Minute Program

Meet the Author, Hear the Story, Draw the BUNNY!

Meet author-illustrator, Shanda McCloskey! First, she'll read Doll-E 1.0, then teach you (step-by-step) how to draw the BUNNY (and a ROSE) from the story! Shanda also loves conversation and questions.

Shanda McCloskey

30 Minute Program

HEAR THE WIND BLOW: LEARNING TO RECOGNIZE THE VISIBLE SIGNS OF AIR IN MOTION!

Let’s find out how to watch the wind and predict an oncoming storm! Join author Doe Boyle for a poetic exploration of the ways that visible physical signs can help us "see" the wind--the invisible force of air on the move! This workshop introduces wind science and the Beaufort Wind Force Scale of wind velocity to up to 10 attendees.

Doe Boyle

45 Minute Program

Spiders Spiders Spiders!

I will read my newest book "River of Light" and then we will talk about all the cool facts about spiders and WHY we need to be Spider Protectors!

Lisa Gammon Olson

45 Minute Program

101 Ways to Bug an Author...with Questions!

Have you ever wondered what authors do in their spare time? How they create the names and personalities of their characters? What they do when they get rejection letters or Writer's Block? Maybe you’re curious about their writing process...which of their books is their favorite (or least favorite!)...or perhaps you're simply dying to know the…

Lee Wardlaw

30 Minute Program

101 Ways to Bug Your Characters – Creatively!

The hardest part about writing is thinking of something to write, right? Wrong! You might brainstorm batches of ideas, only to get stuck in the miserable middles – or even on that dreaded first line. So how do authors do it? How do they turn great ideas into great stories? By ‘bugging’ their characters, of course! Join Lee for a fun and funny…

Lee Wardlaw

45 Minute Program

8 Things I Learned from My Cats about Writing Haiku – A Writing Workshop

Haiku is not just the world’s shortest poetry...or a unique part of Japanese culture...or even a school lesson about syllables. Haiku is also cat-like (compact, elegant, speaking volumes in a few choice ‘meows’)...and learning to write it will help you spy, pounce, and capture the ordinary moments of your day and turn them into something…

Lee Wardlaw

45 Minute Program

Don't Be Shy, Bushbaby

Has anyone ever told you that you're shy? The animals think that Bushbaby is shy too, but only wise Owl knows the truth! Discover what Owl knows about Bushbaby in their story safari adventure, and learn how to say "hello" in Zulu!

Avril van der Merwe

30 Minute Program

I Don't Want To Be a Hyena

Hyena believes that none of the animals like her. She thinks that if she changes her identity she will be accepted and liked, but nothing seems to work. Join Hyena on her story safari adventure as she discovers how to be the best hyena she can be, and learn an action rhyme to go with the story.

Avril van der Merwe

30 Minute Program

Once Upon a Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros has a most beautiful horn, and Hippopotamus is so jealous! Join Rhino and Hippo on their story safari adventure, and find out what happens when Hippo tries to steal Rhino's horn!

Avril van der Merwe

30 Minute Program

How Cheetah Got His Tears

Did you know that a cheetah has tears running down each side of his face? How did Cheetah get his tears? Join Cheetah and his friends on a story safari adventure, and find out!

Avril van der Merwe

30 Minute Program

Fabricate a Fractured Fairytale!

Creating a fractured fairy tale is some of the MOST fun a writer can have. Join April Jones Prince, author of Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates, to learn tips and tricks for creating your very own fairy tale adventure. Jump on board, my hearties!

April Prince

45 Minute Program

Behind the Scenes with Biographies!

Do you love the popular ‘Who Was…?’ series? Are you curious how they, and other biographies and books, come to be? Author April Jones Prince shares secrets of the writing and bookmaking processes, with plenty of up-close visuals. You’ll never look at book quite the same way again—and you just might be inspired to write your own!

April Prince

45 Minute Program

Details Add Sizzle and Spice!

How do writers make their stories sing? With details, of course! Author April Jones Prince shares five fun strategies to help you add sizzle and spice to your writing. Find your favorite pen or pencil and let's jump into the writing playground!

April Prince

45 Minute Program

Lions, Tigers, and Bears...oh my!!!

Have you ever been to a circus? Have you ever seen a clown or dressed up as one? Well, clowns are pretty special. Did you know that clowns go to school, too? Don't forget to bring your crayons or markers, and some blank drawing paper...

Alva Sachs

45 Minute Program

Are YOU Ready For Kindergarten?

Julie is turning "5" and ready for kindergarten. She is so excited about starting school, but school is not ready for her!

Alva Sachs

45 Minute Program

Celebrating The Festival of Lights

Hanukkah is a celebration by Jewish people around the world. There are many interesting facts about Hanukkah that go back thousands of years. Dancing Dreidels is a fun story about four dreidels who are best friends. What's a dreidel, you ask? Well, I am sure that Neil Nun, Gail Gimmel, Harry Hey, and Sheila Shin can tell you all about it. Get ready…

Alva Sachs

45 Minute Program

Opinion Writing: Keeping it short and simple

The art of Opinion Writing - keeping it short and simple

Sandhya Acharya

30 Minute Program

Author Visit: Holi Special a a Festival of Colors from India

Glimpse into Holi - The Festival of Colors from India/ Holi themed songs for festival vocabulary/ Interactive, fun-filled book reading of 10 Gulab Jamuns/ Q&A

Sandhya Acharya

45 Minute Program

Author Visit: Diwali Special - a Festival of Lights from India

A glimpse into Diwali - The Festival of Lights from India/ Diwali themed songs introducing new festival vocabulary Interactive fun-filled read-aloud of 10 Gulab Jamuns/ Q&A/

Sandhya Acharya

45 Minute Program

THE BEDTIME KNIGHT Pajama Story Time

Dress in your cutest pajamas for a story time with award-winning author Katie L. Carroll. Relaxing stretches get all the wiggles out before an interactive reading of the picture book THE BEDTIME KNIGHT, followed by a guided mediation for young readers to explore their imaginations.

Katie Carroll

30 Minute Program

Seasons of the Character

**COMING SOON** What is a Character Arc? Why do we need one? J A Browne leads you through her flagship workshop where you'll learn how to plot, in detail, the "seasons" of the character. Each "season" is a phase of the character's journey. You'll learn how to handle minor characters, how your villain (antagonist) impacts the story and how the…

Jane Browne

45 Minute Program

Character Smash

Want to create your own unique character? J A Browne teaches you how to pinch parts from all types of real, mythical and fantastical creatures, smash them all together and create something original - your very own story character to go on an adventure with! Smashing! But don't take my word for it... “Loved the idea of merging two creatures into…

Jane Browne

45 Minute Program

Namaste, Great Gray

Great Gray and his friends are at it again, bringing hope and healing to their small Indian village. This, the third and final addition to the Great Gray book series has our pachyderm and his friends on the road again. In our first visits with Great Gray, we watched this little Indian elephant grow from a baby elephant born just a…

Bev Davis

45 Minute Program

Great Gray Meets New Friends

In this heartwarming sequel to the original Great Gray tale (a book about exceeding "NO expectations"), village heroes Great Gray and his keeper Santosh come together again to help others in need. After returning to the village of Anupur, the Maharajah congratulated Great Gray and Santosh for their great achievement in saving many lives. The…

Bev Davis

45 Minute Program

DOG TALES READ ALOUD

Crusoe The Canine Castaway is a dog tale for kids 4-8, inspired by a true-life adventure of an Australian Cattle dog , with a nod to Robinson Crusoe. Together we will have a laugh, a fright or two and see how bravery surfaces when least expected.

Marion Margolis

30 Minute Program

Draw with Me!

Spend time drawing with a professional illustrator! Get tips and tricks on drawing animals, people or whatever you like. Grab your favorite art supplies and let's have fun creating together.

Stephanie Roth Sisson

45 Minute Program

"Baby Loves" Storytime with Ruth Spiro!

Soar, sing and flap your wings - It's storytime and STEM fun for the littlest listeners! Ruth will read from a variety of her beloved board books, mixed with songs, rhymes and simple games.

Ruth Spiro

30 Minute Program

Maker Challenge with "Made by Maxine"

Author Ruth Spiro reads her STEM-themed picture book "Made by Maxine," then leads a creative Maker Challenge using items you already have on-hand.

Ruth Spiro

45 Minute Program

Author "Office Hours!"

Grab a cup of coffee and bring your list of questions! Ruth will share her best advice to help you move forward, no matter where you are in your writing career.

Ruth Spiro

45 Minute Program

Take a Run with THE PUMPKIN RUNNER

Marsha’s Smithsonian Notable book THE PUMPKIN RUNNER is still “running” strong after 22 years in print. Come explore how ultra-marathoner Cliff Young inspired a nation with his good heart, sharing spirit, and perseverance. We'll also explore writing fiction stories inspired by real people, places, and events.

Marsha Diane Arnold

45 Minute Program

You’re a Story Magician!

Each of you have stories to tell or write or draw, so let’s get started! Through word games from Marsha’s popular “Funshops” we will get warmed up. Then Marsha will read one of her stories, provide story prompts for a magical story of your own, and share her much-loved Storymagician Chant.

Marsha Diane Arnold

45 Minute Program

Be a Story Detective!

Story Detectives look at life and find stories. Writers ages 8-14 are invited to join award-winning author, Alice B. McGinty for this fun, interactive program to find out how they can be story detectives too.

Alice McGinty

45 Minute Program

Walk Through My Stories about Patience, Community, and Inclusion

Celebrate a birthday or any special day with Marsha, Hedgehog, Badger, Bear, Raccoon, and more! Come meet an assortment of woodland creatures and learn about patience, community, and inclusion through their stories.

Marsha Diane Arnold

30 Minute Program

Storytime and Drawing Demo!

You can choose one of my books to read, and then I’ll draw the character of your choice. A laughing truck perhaps? A smelly sock? A lost mitten? An Extremely Cute Animal operating some heavy machinery? Anything you want!

David Gordon

45 Minute Program

Picturing God: Hear, See, Imagine

Listen to the quiet poetry of Ruth Goring's Picturing God, and talk with the author-illustrator about these rich biblical metaphors that help us know God better.

Ruth Goring

30 Minute Program

Refugees and the New Lives They Build

What does it mean to be a refugee? Where do most refugees come from, and where do they go? Ruth Goring will introduce her story Adriana's Angels as a springboard for learning about--and welcoming--refugees and asylum seekers.

Ruth Goring

30 Minute Program

Picturing the Wind

Wind is invisible--but can you make it blow across the page so that other people see and feel it? Let's make some collage art together and I'll show you how!

Ruth Goring

45 Minute Program

Pancakes to Parathas: Breakfast Around the World

Author Alice B. McGinty will take you around the world with her award-winning book, Pancakes to Parathas: Breakfast Around the World! Travelers from Pre-K through grade 2, get on board!

Alice McGinty

30 Minute Program

Journey to POLAR BEAR ISLAND!

Author Lindsay Bonilla takes young readers on a visit to POLAR BEAR ISLAND through an interactive reading. Afterward, Lindsay will answer questions about her book and her life as an author.

Lindsay Bonilla

30 Minute Program

What's So Funny?!

Writers ages 8-12, it's time to BREAK THE RULES! From outrageous characters and silly situations to pure nonsense, join award-winning author Alice B. McGinty to explore humor in writing and learn how to make your writing funny.

Alice McGinty

45 Minute Program

Learning through Nature - Swimming with Penguins, Searching for Night

Does your child or classroom love wildlife, especially unique wildlife? Come on an adventure to the Galápagos Islands, where we'll discuss the amazing animals that live there, as well as explore the life of biologist Valentina Cruz, who was born and raised on one of the remote islands. We'll touch on the challenges facing the Galápagos animals,…

Marsha Diane Arnold

45 Minute Program

Cooking a Book: An Author Visit

Join me in this author visit as I cook up some fun for your class or homeschooling group. I'll put on my chef costume and grab my stew pot to explain the book-making process from author's idea to bookstore shelf.

Amy Sklansky

45 Minute Program

The Bible! Welcome to TheBibleDare.org!

Why Read the Bible? I Dare You! Learn more about the best-selling book of all time, the writing and creation of The Bible Dare app and project, including why I started reading and continue to study the Bible, reasons for reading the Bible, with opportunities to ask questions about the Bible.

Kim Childress

45 Minute Program

Plot Twists and Setting up a Good Ending

Writing an ending that is "surprising yet inevitable" is difficult, but possible. There are ways to craft shocking but useful plot twists and bring stories to powerful ends. Learn about them in this program.

Allison Hymas

45 Minute Program

Codes and Ciphers

Learn the history and uses for various codes and ciphers. I'll also discuss how codes can be used in fiction.

Allison Hymas

45 Minute Program

Author Visit with Allison K. Hymas

Meet with middle grade author Allison K. Hymas. Learn about where my books came from, and ask me questions about anything you'd like to know!

Allison Hymas

30 Minute Program

Susanna's Midnight Ride: Historical Research Is Fun!

I have a highly interactive approach and would love to tailor my talk to your child's specific interests. My goal is to bring history to life and install an interest in history that will last throughout your child's life.

Libby McNamee

45 Minute Program

Meet the Illustrator

Virtually meet the illustrator of Georgia ABC's: A Finding Milo Book, written by Chris Jespersen and illustrated by Josie Toney. Georgia ABC's is the first in a series of alphabet books featuring the state's plants, animals, cities and landmarks. Readers can have fun finding Milo, the curious and sometimes hiding dog.

Josie Toney

30 Minute Program

Death Eaters, the world's animal clean-up crew.

Death eaters--the scavengers of the world that feed on bodies life has left behind--have a bad reputation. But they are the world's recycling champions. Learn the truth about the clean-up crew.

Kelly Milner

30 Minute Program

In Search of Sasquatch

What is Sasquatch? Thousands of people believe in it. Hundreds say they have seen it. But the mystery of Sasquatch has not been solved . . . yet.

Kelly Milner

45 Minute Program

Young Heroes of World War II

Kids are impacted by war along with their families. And sometimes, kids find heroic ways to help good prevail.

Kelly Milner

30 Minute Program

Cryptid Crazy

For the past 15 years, Kelly Milner Halls has been researching cryptozoology, the study of mysterious animal sightings that may or may not be real. This lively presentation will explore the wonders of cryptozoology and the importance of critical thinking when evaluating cryptid evidence.

Kelly Milner

45 Minute Program

A Story for Small Bear

No dilly! No dally! Calling all readers Pre-K to K to join award-winning author Alice B. McGinty and Small Bear puppet for reading, music, and fun!

Alice McGinty

30 Minute Program

Dig Deep Explorers

We invite all explorers from Pre-K - Grade 2 to dive in with us! No supplies needed -- just bring your curiosity!

Alice McGinty

30 Minute Program

All Things Horror: Let's talk reading and writing horror!

Love horror books and all things scary stories? Sharing books new and old, discussing techniques used in the horror genre, while sharing the creation of Where the Briars Sleep, by Emma Beaven.

Kim Childress

45 Minute Program

Stop that Dinosaur!

Stop That Dinosaur! In this 30-minute session, Alex will read her picture book, STOP THAT DINOSAUR, a rhyming tale of naughty dinosaurs and stolen grannies. She will then help your child make up their own naughty dinosaur story and answer any questions they have.

Alex English

30 Minute Program

Dance the FREEDOM dance and learn about the cultural traditions of a Passover Seder

Kids will learn about the cultural traditions of Passover as Mr. Snoozle gets invited to his first Seder. Kids will move and dance to the Let My People Go song ,

Susan Chodakiewitz

45 Minute Program

A sensory exploration into the magical world of tea.

Explore the smells, sounds, colors and textures of the magical tea forest in the story Master Davey and the Magic Tea House.

Susan Chodakiewitz

30 Minute Program

Learn the Friendship Dance and GET MOVING!

Meet author Susan Chodakiewitz and Learn The Friendship Dance from the Picture Book Wobegon and Mildred. Kids will learn about the process of writing a picture book, discuss the important social emotional lessons from the book and learn the dance steps to the My Best Friend Dance, from the musical version of the book Wobegon and Mildred.

Susan Chodakiewitz

45 Minute Program

WORDS can dance!

Kids will Dance and Move to the different words featured as characters in the Alphabet Thief. Author Susan Chodakiewitz will read the story and discuss each word and what makes its special. What do the words inspire in us? Each child will create their own choreography for a word while learning their meaning.

Susan Chodakiewitz

30 Minute Program

Finding Your Writing Skills with Fan-Fiction

Fan-fiction is an easy way for the budding writer to begin his or her writing career. The author will show how she did it!

Susan Kite

30 Minute Program

Ever dreamed of finding a pony?

The birthday pony is a dream come true for the girl but her dream shatters when he is taken from her. Making the best of his new life the pony never stops hoping to find his little girl. And she never stops looking for him. Read-Aloud with the author/illustrator and lesson on drawing your own dream pony.

Tracy Dockray

30 Minute Program

THE DOLLMAKER OF KRAKÓW and Historical Fantasy

R.M. Romero will share an excerpt from her historical fantasy, THE DOLLMAKER OF KRAKÓW, and talk about real history that inspired her to write her novel about friendship, war and hope during World War II.

Rachael Romero

45 Minute Program

STEM Pioneer Shows Us The Light!

Tesla was a dreamy kid when he had his first big idea and when he moved to America, his dreams and his new engineering ideas sailed with him. Tesla's bright ideas about electricity still bring light to our homes at night. Learn about Tesla and the battles he had to fight to do just that and watch how electricity is created right in front of you.

Tracy Dockray

45 Minute Program

RAMONA THE PEST and all the rest!

Beverly Cleary’s Ramona The Pest and Ralph the Mouse are favorites in children’s literature. Illustrator Tracy Dockray talks about working with the popular author, discusses Cleary’s childhood, and what led Cleary to write her popular series. Tracy lets listeners on to story secrets that she learned along the way.

Tracy Dockray

45 Minute Program

Been bullied or felt left out? You're not alone.

Some bunny is feeling super sad. “My Bunny Diary” is a picture book that shows that being bullied, or losing a friend, feels like it’ll last forever - but new friends always come. And often old ones often return. Author/ Illustrator reads and talks pal problems.

Tracy Dockray

30 Minute Program

Booty bouncing TUSHY BOOK!

Tracy Dockray, illustrator of Fran Manushkin’s hilarious “Tushy Book, will read, draw and guarantee young listeners a rhyming, dancing, drawing good time.

Tracy Dockray

30 Minute Program

Our Constitution Rocks!

The Constitution! Why it matters, what they were thinking, what it's done for you lately, examining the document that leads our nation, written by then 14-year-old Juliette Turner, Youth Advocate for Constituting America, edited with a prologue by Kim Childress (me :).

Kim Childress

45 Minute Program

Finding Your Future in Technology, based on the Find Your Future in STEAM series

"How technology is changing industries," or "Can you believe this is someone's job?" Careers in STEAM, based on the Find Your Future in STEAM series

Kim Childress

45 Minute Program

Write YOUR Own Story!

Did you ever think of writing a story? I bet you have lots of ideas, right? But how do you start?

Alva Sachs

45 Minute Program

Pirate Fun!

Ready for a REAL pirate adventure story? The Pirate Princess will take you on a journey to search for buried treasure. Madison, and her friends, Jonah, Sophia, Jackson, and Hannah make up the pirate crew! Ready, Matey? Get your shovel ready, join the pirate crew, surprises await YOU!

Alva Sachs

45 Minute Program

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Look North Testing

45 Minute Program

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Look North Testing

30 Minute Program

English History- The Interesting Bits

Would you like to find out more about some of the most important events in English history? Ian wrote a popular children's non-fiction book on English history, so he's just the person to help. This session is a relaxed talk about key English eras. Find out the amazing, mysterious or downright gross aspects of history.

Ian C Douglas

45 Minute Program

Aliens Among Us

Do you believe aliens exist somewhere in outer space? Would you like to run a short fun story about aliens? Author Ian C Douglas makes up aliens for his books: Martians, cosmic monsters, strange robots. Join Ian and talk about what aliens might be like. Write a short story about aliens.

Ian C Douglas

45 Minute Program

Fantasy Lands and Far-off Worlds

From Narnia to Middle Earth, from Tattooine to Gallifrey, we love stories with imaginary lands. If you want to write fantasy and sci-fi and would like some guidance, this session may be for you.

Ian C Douglas

45 Minute Program

Fantasy Creatures and How to Make Them

Magical creatures, mythical beasts, and monsters. We love them! But what should you consider when inventing them for your stories? And why? Ian talks you through some of the key ideas and at the end you can draw your creature!

Ian C Douglas

45 Minute Program

Meet the Author

Ian C Douglas came to writing after ten years in education. He has an MA in Creative Writing (Distinction) and runs creative writing workshops for both adults and children. He mentors emerging writers one-to-one. This session is a relaxed Q&A when Ian will talk about his writing practice and take questions.

Ian C Douglas

45 Minute Program

How do ILLUSTRATIONS Match the Story? - A CONVERSATION

Discover how the smallest details can dramatically effect the feel of a story, and the decisions that go into matching illustrations with story text!

Kevin Fleming

30 Minute Program

Ask the Author & Storytime - A CONVERSATION

Kevin answers questions you have about writing, publishing, and bringing books to life!

Kevin Fleming

30 Minute Program

Write a RHYMING STORY together!

Write a story together on a topic of your choice!

Kevin Fleming

45 Minute Program

Write a SONG Together!

Compose a song together on a topic of your choice!

Kevin Fleming

45 Minute Program

Storybuilding

Kathy MacMillan shows how to focus on the specifics you need at each stage of the writing process to build your characters’ world without ever losing sight of the story at its heart.

Kathy MacMillan

45 Minute Program

Come Sign with Me

Hands up! Learn basic American Sign Language with author and nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter Kathy MacMillan in an interactive session.

Kathy MacMillan

45 Minute Program

Raise Your Voice: Stories of Inspiring Women

Kathy MacMillan, co-author of She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, highlights inspirational women who spoke up for change.

Kathy MacMillan

30 Minute Program

The Runaway Story

The author of The Runaway Shirt reveals how a favorite family game inspired the story, and helps you create a personalized storytime for your family.

Kathy MacMillan

30 Minute Program

Turtle in the Fast Lane: Meet Author Kathy MacMillan

Author Kathy MacMillan shares the story of her "overnight success" that took more than 20 years, and answers your questions about writing and publishing.

Kathy MacMillan

30 Minute Program

Little Hands Signing

Learn basic American Sign Language vocabulary through interactive age-appropriate stories, songs, and activities with Kathy MacMillan, nationally certified ASL interpreter and author of the Little Hands Signing series.

Kathy MacMillan

30 Minute Program

Your Voice Matters! - An Interactive Read Aloud

In this interactive read aloud author Britta Stromeyer Esmail will read her award winning picture book Raina’s (Un) Happy Birthday. Through Raina’s story, kids will act out, jot and draw as they explore themes around friendship, strong feelings, and standing up for themselves while showing love and kindness towards others.

Britta Stromeyer Esmail

45 Minute Program

Chapter Reading with K.J. Kruk

✨One boy. One moon. One million surprises!✨ Read-along with multi-award-winning author and illustrator K.J. Kruk as she delights readers young and old with her best-selling middle-grade adventure, Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse!

K.J. Kruk

45 Minute Program

Hugo Kringle's Coming to Town

Hugo Kringle, Santa Claus's younger brother, is a great holiday program. Unlike his famous brother who typically talks to one kid at a time, Hugo sings secular holiday songs and tells stories of growing up with the boy who will become Santa Claus. This program works best for the 8 and under crowd.

Mike Anderson

30 Minute Program

The Civil War Soldiers Musical Instruments

The Times of Abraham Lincoln is a 45- 60 minute, interactive celebration in music and story of the Civil War and the Commander-In-Chief of the North: Abraham Lincoln. Folk Singer, Storyteller, Musician and Music Historian, Mike Anderson brings the music of the American Civil War to life using Civil War era instruments of the men who fought the…

Mike Anderson

45 Minute Program

Inspiration to Book: Building Story with the Writing Process

Students will see the process of creating a book from the spark of inspiration to the final bound pages. They'll learn how author's purpose and point of view, characterization, setting, conflict, story arc, and more play out, as well as prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing.

Beth Anderson

45 Minute Program

Reader's Choice

Let's talk—reading, writing, story, whatever you're interested in! Choose one of my books you'd like to know more about and let your curiosity be our guide.

Beth Anderson

30 Minute Program

Write your own book!

Want to write your own picture book? Learn how to pick a subject that can go the distance and then, how to take your subject on a journey that will satisfy the reader.

Nancy Churnin

45 Minute Program

Write your own book!

Want to write your own picture book? Learn how to pick a subject that can go the distance and then, how to take your subject on a journey that will satisfy the reader.

Nancy Churnin

45 Minute Program

SAVE THE PLANET

The average person in the United States makes 1,642 pounds of garbage each year! But, did you know that much of that trash doesn't need to end up in the landfill? There are many things we can use again. Or we can use less. Or we can recycle... Let's talk about what we can all do to help our planet.

Mary Boone

30 Minute Program

Your Body, Sick and Well: How Do You Know?

Your Body, Sick and Well: How Do You Know?!? In this program, which has been a favorite in school and library settings, we will read a few fun, rhyming poems about the body - its parts (anatomy), what goes wrong with them (pathology), and how we doctors figure all that out, and then talk about those topics, and answer questions.

Steven Cunningham

30 Minute Program

WHAT DO YOU WONDER?

What do clouds feel like? How fast does the world's fastest train go? Wonder has always driven my book ideas and writing and it's help me develop a love of research. During this program, I'll talk with participants about the types of research I do and how they could be doing the same sort of investigating.

Mary Boone

30 Minute Program

Storytime

Pick any one of Nancy's 10 books about true-life heroes for a high energy, interactive storytelling. Nancy will read the book, share the story behind the story and help your kids brainstorm how they, too can be heroes.

Nancy Churnin

30 Minute Program

INSPIRED BY NATURE

Where do inventors get some of their best ideas? They look outside. From kingfishers to trains and orcas to submarines, many inventions come from studying nature. It's a process called biomimicry.

Mary Boone

30 Minute Program

BUGS FOR BREAKFAST

More than 2 billion people around the world eat insects on a regular basis. It's a practice called entomophagy. This program may not completely remove the yuck-factor from the notion of eating bugs, but it will open young readers’ minds to what is happening in the world around them and how eating insects could help save the planet.

Mary Boone

45 Minute Program

What Should I Read Next?

As a former school librarian, Abby knows and loves books! Come hear about what she's been reading lately, then get personalized book recommendations for your age/interests.

Abby Cooper

30 Minute Program

Publishing Q&A

If you'd like to learn more about Abby's journey to publication and/or have questions about your own path to publication, this is the program for you!

Abby Cooper

30 Minute Program

Books & Writing Q&A

If you have burning questions about STICKS & STONES, BUBBLES, and/or FRIEND OR FICTION and/or would like to understand more about the writing and/or revision process for any/all of my novels, this program is for you!

Abby Cooper

30 Minute Program

Sing, Dance and Move to the Musical Picture Book Too Many Visitors for One Little House

Too Many Visitors for One Little House picture book explores the importance of feeling through Songs, Dance and Theater. In this presentation kids will read the story together, understand the themes of the power of inclusion and learn a song from the Picture Book Musical, Too Many Visitors for One Little House

Susan Chodakiewitz

30 Minute Program

The Path to Publishing a Children's Book

Are you an aspiring Author or Illustrator of children's books? Maryann Cocca-Leffler has published over 60 books in her 35 year career as a self-agented Author/Illustrator. She will share what it takes to break into the competitive world of publishing.

Maryann Cocca-Leffler

45 Minute Program

Be The Best YOU!

Please bring a blank piece of paper, crayons, or markers, oh, and your imagination too!

Alva Sachs

45 Minute Program

Farmers' Market Fun: Poetry Style!

Let's go to the farmers' market! Explore the wonders of the market through reading and writing poetry with award-winning author Michelle Schaub.

Michelle Schaub

45 Minute Program

Revision: It's more than correcting spelling errors!

Learn what revision really means, from beginning to end. Sandra will read the original version of THE GIANT HUG that was sent to a publisher, and share the editorial letter and follow students through revisions to the final book.

Sandra Horning

45 Minute Program

My Top 10 Writing Quirks

A peek into the real me and all my weird writing quirks.

Patricia Newman

45 Minute Program

LIFE CYCLE OF A PICTURE BOOK - K-2 School Visit

This entertaining and educational school visit presentation for grades K–2 reinforces early literacy skills, touches on nonfiction and fiction writing, and inspires students’ imaginations. “Life Cycle of a Picture Book” shares the author’s writing process, childhood, and steps a story takes from idea to publication.

Janet Lawler

45 Minute Program

The Inside Story!

Learn the story behind the story! Did Sandra Horning grow that pumpkin, and did she really dedicate one of her books to a chicken? Sandra will share the inside story behind her books, from inspiration to publication!

Sandra Horning

45 Minute Program

Extraordinary Birds!

Did you know that some birds swim and dive instead of fly or that tailorbirds sew their nests together using spider webs? Enjoy some fowl fun as Sandra Horning reads and discusses her early readers BIZARRE BIRDS and CHICKS! Craft activity included.

Sandra Horning

30 Minute Program

Join me for a reading of Ponder!

Join me for a reading of Ponder!

Brenda Baker

30 Minute Program

The Giant Hug Storytime

Send a giant hug to a child in your life whether they live near or far! Sandra will read her award-winning picture book, THE GIANT HUG, and share the inside scoop about this fun, heartwarming, and educational story. Virtual hugs included!

Sandra Horning

30 Minute Program

Meet the Author!

Meet the author of middle grade novels: Sing Something True, Julia's Kitchen, and Jemma Hartman Camper Extraordinaire. Learn the real life stories that inspired these books and find out how Brenda went from a wannabe writer to an award-winning published author. Here's a secret: You can do it, too!

Brenda Ferber

45 Minute Program

Where Do Stories Come From

This is an interactive program where children learn that Real Life + Imagination = Story.

Brenda Ferber

30 Minute Program

Happy Valentine's Day!

Want to make your Valentine's Day celebration extra special? Brenda Ferber will read aloud her hilarious picture book, The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever. Then she'll share the real life incident that inspired the story and show the kids how to make their own Valentine Man.

Brenda Ferber

30 Minute Program

Oddly Colorful

Join me for a reading of Oddly Colorful!

Brenda Baker

30 Minute Program

Mindfulness for Kids with Lauren Grabois Fischer and The Be Books

As a mom and elementary educator, I have always prioritized nurturing the "whole child." I did not learn what mindfulness was until I became an adult. It is now my goal to help my own children and all children learn how to speak kindly to themselves and to others. It is my hope that through my book series, The Be Books, children will be able to…

Lauren Grabois Fischer

30 Minute Program

Tendra the turkey

Join me for a reading of Tendra the turkey!

Brenda Baker

45 Minute Program

A Crooked Path

Have you been told writing is a terrible career choice? I waited years before deciding to take it seriously. We'll discuss different paths you can take to become a writer as well exploring other authors and ways to keep you motivated.

Carol Paur

30 Minute Program

How to keep germs away!

In this online class for ages 5-8, we will be learning all about how to keep germs away! This is a live, small group online class - available on any device, and anywhere like the comfort of home! 🏡 Contact for details, to ask questions and book. The menu includes an online introduction to two of Life's Little Bug characters, Flu Bug and Tummy Bug …

Tina Stubbs

45 Minute Program

OCEAN AND RAIN FOREST ANIMALS -Nat'l Geographic concept books

Janet will share her Nat’l. Geographic books, OCEAN COUNTING (National Science Teachers Association Outstanding Trade Science Book) and RAIN FOREST COLORS in an entertaining session that provides an introduction to nonfiction to young audiences.

Janet Lawler

30 Minute Program

WE ARE ALL AUTHORS! Janet Lawler’s Journey—and Yours!

Janet Lawler was a kid once, just like you! Many seeds of her career as an author were planted in her childhood. She will share details that foster a love of reading and writing and help kids realize that they already have stories of their own to tell.

Janet Lawler

30 Minute Program

SNOWZILLA and WINTER CATS –Seasonal fun & Wee Life Lessons

Janet will share her silly and heartwarming winter picture books, SNOWZILLA and WINTER CATS. Amid all the seasonal fun, these stories give kids important lessons about community, conflict resolution, inclusiveness, diversity, and friendship. Includes true story-behind-the-story. Coloring/craft activity follows reading.

Janet Lawler

30 Minute Program

THE PREHISTORIC GAMES – for Sports and Dinosaur Lovers!

In this 30-minute session, Janet will share the “story-behind-the-story” of THE PREHISTORIC GAMES, a rollicking, rhyming picture book about dinosaurs competing tooth and claw for medals in Olympic-like events. She will read the book and chat with kids about their favorite sports and dinosaurs.

Janet Lawler

30 Minute Program

LOVE AND SNUGGLES! Bedtime Stories for Kids (and tired parents!)

In this 30-minute session, Janet will share favorite stuffed animals and wants to meet those of her little guests! She will then read 3 of her bedtime and “love poem” books, sharing tidbits about the development and writing of each story.

Janet Lawler

30 Minute Program

The Hero's Journey (for ages 10 and up)

Through storytelling, and readings from Andrea’s books, including her multi-award-winning young adult illustrated novel, The Great & the Small, students will learn to unlock the power of their own potential.

Andrea Torrey Balsara

45 Minute Program

O Happy Days!

In this presentation Andrea wears her illustrator hat and demonstrates illustration and cartooning methods. Perfect for budding cartoonists & illustrators!

Andrea Torrey Balsara

45 Minute Program

UNITY ROCKS! Getting Excited About Diversity!

Through drama, storytelling, and music, young people will discover the power of “Unity in Diversity.” Using the award-winning book, The Nightingale's Song, as a springboard, participants from ages 1-100 will see themselves and their neighbours as precious, just the way they are.

Andrea Torrey Balsara

30 Minute Program

Q&A With The Author

It's 30 minutes of "Ask the Author Anything!" Have kids bring questions, and we'll have a blast talking about all sorts of things, from where I get ideas to what I do when I'm not writing!

P. J. (Tricia) Hoover

30 Minute Program

How To Make Your Own Book!

Learn how a story becomes a book and create your own. Attendees should have paper, pen, and colored pencils.

Tina Shepardson

45 Minute Program

What Kind of Leader Are You?

Exploring the differences between being an advocate and an activist. We'll discuss what social injustices are and where they occur. Attendees will need paper and a pen or pencil.

Tina Shepardson

45 Minute Program

Being an Author-Illustrator-Maker

What's it like to be an Author AND Illustrator? How long does it take to make a book? Where do ideas come from? If you've ever wanted a peek INSIDE the head of a Creator, here's your chance!

Brian Yanish

30 Minute Program

STEAM BUILDING: Using Recycled Materials to Design and Invent

Can we use the junk we see everyday to create amazing things? Using STEAM thinking, engineering, and problem solving we'll create an interactive hands-on Arts project together made entirely from recycled materials you already have around your home. Learn to be a maker! Reference Book: Junk Re-Thunk

Brian Yanish

45 Minute Program

Dynamic Characters for Comics

Learn to create dynamic characters for comics! What makes a character stand out? We'll explore the details that bring a character to life, talk through different techniques we can use in comics and visual storytelling and try our hand at creating a mini comic using our invented character.

Brian Yanish

45 Minute Program

The Idea Generator

Where do we get ideas from? And how do we generate new ideas? In this workshop I'll walk kids through their interests and pasts and mine their memories for crafting amazing stories that are uniquely them. Workshop exercises include (as time permits) idea and character brainstorming for stories that kid will be clamoring to write. Please plan on…

P. J. (Tricia) Hoover

45 Minute Program

Living The Hero's Journey

Structured around mythology and The Hero's Journey, I talk about the importance of goal setting (and sticking to those goals!), facing fears, and getting back up after failure to try again and again until success is achieved. I also discuss the writing process, from ideas to revisions, from rejections to publication. For kids who are interested in…

P. J. (Tricia) Hoover

45 Minute Program

All About the Writing Process

If you're really trying to motivate your kids to write (and enjoy doing it), then this presentation can help! Combined with a healthy dose of humor, I'll work through the actual process of how to write (and publish) a book, touching on all the various aspects, from how we generate ideas, the joy of writing, the importance of revision, and the…

P. J. (Tricia) Hoover

45 Minute Program

What's the BIG IDEA? An Entrepreneurship Workshop for Kids

What's the BIG IDEA? is a workshop for kids thinking up their next big business idea or invention! Lowey helps you dream like an entrepreneur, think like an MBA, and pitch like you're on Shark Tank. Best for individuals or small groups.

Lowey Sichol

45 Minute Program

School Visit: Great Ideas, Brave Entrepreneurs, & their Companies!

Great Ideas, Brave Entrepreneurs, & their Companies! supports curriculums in STEM, Invention, Economics, Career Day, & Entrepreneurship. Educators have called Lowey’s author visits “inspiring,” “incredible,” and “the best author visit we’ve ever had.”

Lowey Sichol

45 Minute Program

Look Around You - Your Five Senses and Writing

Learn how to use the five senses in your writing to bring it alive. Go from "telling" to "showing." Note: Students will need a glass of something to drink – touch the glass; see the glass; taste the beverage; hear the sound it makes when you’re drinking or setting it down; smell the beverage

Carol Paur

30 Minute Program

You're the boss! Invent Your Own State + Make a Map

What if you could invent your very own state? Would you have sunny skies or pristine snow? And what about food? Could you grow apples that taste like...donuts? Your curious kid and I will enjoy a lively conversation about what makes a good community and create a map to go with it.

Gabrielle Balkan

45 Minute Program

Where in the World? Making Magic with Maps

How many goats live in Texas? Where does Mothman have a home? Your curious kid and I will enjoy a lively conversation about the good, bad, and ugly of maps. Will we make our own map? You bet!

Gabrielle Balkan

30 Minute Program

Peter Pattern Teaches Children to Recognize and Mimic Pattern

Peter Pattern takes children on a pattern seeking adventure finding threads that repeat in fabrics, notes that repeat in music, petals that repeat on flowers and numbers that ascend or descend in regular integrals: See that set of numbers shrinking in a way that gets you thinking—could there be a rule behind it? Is it there and can you find…

M. W. Penn

45 Minute Program

Get to Know Your Earthworm!

Bring an earthworm to your visit and learn all about your new friend! Together, we'll do some simple (and worm-safe) science experiments that will let us "dig in" to the science of earthworms. After the program, you can keep your worm overnight or return it to nature.

Jodi Wheeler-Toppen

45 Minute Program

True or False: Animal Fact Fun-xplosion!

Q) True or False: The world's fastest flyer is NOT the peregrine falcon. A) Your animal-lovers will tell you once they sort of the clues to find out the answer to this...while connecting animal anatomy to their own. Extra fun in this an expanded 45-minute visit.

Gabrielle Balkan

45 Minute Program

What about a Wing? Invent The Fastest Animal

What happens if you put hawk wings on a cheetah? Your animal-lover will discover what types of wings lead to certain types of flight, what types of bones go with what types of behavior and use all this knowledge to invent their very own animal. A super silly time.

Gabrielle Balkan

45 Minute Program

Whose Bones are These? An Animal Guessing + Drawing Game

Who has wrinkly skin, stands while they sleep, and has the heaviest bone in the world? Animals lovers ages 4-8 will learn how much bones can tell you about an animal while showing off their guessing and drawing skills.

Gabrielle Balkan

30 Minute Program

True or False: Animal Fact Fun-xplosion!

Q: True or False: The world's largest animal could fit three motorcycles on its jaw. A: Your animal lover will tell you the answer once they participate in our highly engaging, super silly, and very factual 30-minute visit.

Gabrielle Balkan

30 Minute Program

Spooky Storytime with Mother Ghost

A spooky story time just for your child! Author Rachel Kolar will read her book, MOTHER GHOST: NURSERY RHYMES FOR LITTLE MONSTERS, complete with props and puppets. Afterwards, your child will have the chance to ask questions about the book and to write their own Halloween rhyme.

Rachel Kolar

30 Minute Program

Silly Storytimes!

Let’s dress up, read a story, and be silly together! Shall we be pirates? Shall we be Santa or his elves? Or shall we be really hungry people with big appetites? You choose! Tell me what to wear and I'll bring the story.

Rebecca Colby

30 Minute Program

Mish Mash Fairy Tales

Join me, your Fairy Godmother, as we discuss our favorite fairy tales before mixing them up—on purpose! We’ll choose characters from giants, to big bad wolves, to dwarves, to witches, to boys and girls and everything in between. We’ll also choose the magic! Let’s go on a journey into a fantasy world as we wave our wands and sprinkle some fairy dust…

Rebecca Colby

30 Minute Program

Making Magic!

Do you believe in magic? As an author, I believe my life is all about making magic! When we meet, let’s dress up as witches and wizards. Then I’ll show you my magic hat and magic notebook that helped me write the book IT’S RAINING BATS & FROGS. After, I’ll read the book to you. Perhaps we can even make some magic together…

Rebecca Colby

30 Minute Program

CALLING ALL NATURALISTS! WRITING ON THE PROWL AND ON PAPER

Let's get outside--and let's bring the outdoors indoors! In this program with author Doe Boyle, we’ll focus on natural science by applying focused attention to natural objects in our personal collections. We'll record our observations and share our discoveries in this group workshop for up to 10 attendees.

Doe Boyle

45 Minute Program

BLINK! ANIMAL POETRY FOR VISIONARIES

Let’s find out how animals see! Join author Doe Boyle for a poetic exploration of the remarkable ways that animal eyes help each species focus on what they need to ensure their survival. This workshop introduces elements of vision and eye structure to up to 10 attendees.

Doe Boyle

45 Minute Program

HEARTBEAT: ANIMAL POETRY FOR HUMAN LUB-DUBBERS

Let's find out how animals tick! Join author Doe Boyle for a poetic exploration of the rhythms of the heart—and the rhythms of lyrical language. This workshop introduces elements of the circulatory system to up to 10 attendees.

Doe Boyle

45 Minute Program

Alive and Alert: Record Your Life in a Save-the-Day Writing Journal!

Let’s focus on you!!! Aiming to write a memoir? You are the star! In this writing workshop, author Doe Boyle offers a fresh and fun super-hero approach to first-person narrative. We'll save the day together in this group workshop for up to 10 attendees.

Doe Boyle

45 Minute Program

Author Visit from Award-Winning Author

The session will be an interactive author visit by Lori Orlinsky with a storytime and discussion throughout. The themes in her lesson-based books include bullying prevention and honesty. If this is a school visit, order forms will be sent via email to be copied and sent home to students if this is a school visit. Coloring/activity sheets are also…

Lori Orlinsky

45 Minute Program

Author Talk, Great Gray, A Book about Exceeding "NO" Expectations

There was much excitement in the village of Anapur. Elephants, Saguna and Prabir were expecting a little one--a perfect elephant calf. But when the baby was born...he was a little less than perfect. Follow young Gray on his journey from "not quite right" to becoming Great Gray, a village hero.

Bev Davis

45 Minute Program

Author Talk Winging It!, A Monarch Love Story

A grandmother and granddaughter share a special bond as they watch a Monarch butterfly form and take flight. Truly a "Monarch love story, "this precious tale reminds us that we can each do our part in keeping the Monarch population alive and well.

Bev Davis

45 Minute Program

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…

M. W. Penn

45 Minute Program

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CHILDREN'S BOOK AUTHOR

WALK IN MY SHOES! Let's talk about what a normal day is like for me as a children's book author. Gather your questions, your comments, and your smile. Let's get ready to have fun.

Ellen Leventhal

30 Minute Program

Is There a Babirusa in your Bathtub?

Have your kids ever bathed with a babirusa, tangled with a tangalung or met a matamata? No? Then they’re going to love this program! Every year, scientists discover new animals and together, we’ll discover them too. We’ll learn about animals that most people have never ever heard of―animals that not only look really strange, but have really strange…

Maxine Schur

45 Minute Program

Tall Tales to Tickle Your Funny Bone

Gullible Gus is a book of fiction with no truth in it at all! A Junior Library Guild selection, it's the story of a gullible cowboy who believes every darn thing. The only way poor Gus can be cured of gullibility is to travel to Fibrock, a town full of liars and find the biggest liar of all to tell him some whoppers. If Gus can doubt even one of…

Maxine Schur

45 Minute Program

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…

Maxine Schur

45 Minute Program

Succeed With Your Children's Book Idea!

Creating a strong, believable character that readers care about is the number one determinant of a good story. As a former professional actress, writing instructor and author of award-winning juvenile novels, I’ll share simple acting techniques to create stronger nad more interesting and believable characters. These techniques will guide you in…

Maxine Schur

45 Minute Program

Q&A for aspiring authors and editors

Discuss writing, publishing, strategy, and craft with an industry insider

Anica Rissi

45 Minute Program

Story Time for Animal Lovers

Fun and funny animals take center stage in this interactive story time with the author!

Anica Rissi

30 Minute Program

YO, HO, HO, and a Visit from Greenbeard the Pirate Pig!

Young piggywinkles, ages 4-10, will enjoy a romp with Greenbeard, the guinea pig pirate! Andrea will read the story, GREENBEARD THE PIRATE PIG, ending with a rousing pirate shanty. Participants will learn how to do their very best, “AAaaarrrr,” and “AHOY!” and “AVAST!” and will learn how to sing like a pirate!

Andrea Torrey Balsara

30 Minute Program

SPACE ROCKS!!!

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,…

Ian Billings

30 Minute Program

SPLOSH!!!

Join British kid's author, poet and stand-up comic, IAN BILLINGS, in a sploshtastic visit of fun, frolics and aquatic rhymes! All aboard for a sea-going voyage as we navigate our passage through poems like "HMS Tremble", "Reggie the Dolphin" and the awesome "Moby Duck!"

Ian Billings

30 Minute Program

Recycling - Using the Bad to Create Great Writing

Do bad people or events ruin your day? Ruin your life? Join Carol L. Paur as she shows you how she takes bad experiences to create her stories. You’ll also brainstorm with Carol to learn how to recycle your own negative situations and turn them into great books, plays, or movies.

Carol Paur

30 Minute Program

WINTERFROST Book Talk

Have you ever finished a book and thought, "Oh, I'd love to meet the author and ask her __________?" This program is for individuals or families who have finished reading WINTERFROST, a magical, wintry tale rooted in Scandinavian lore. Meet Michelle Houts, hear about how Klakke and Gammel and the Pedersen family came to be, and -- most importantly…

Michelle Houts

30 Minute Program

BOOOO!!!

Join British kid's author, poet and stand-up comic, IAN BILLINGS, in a spooktacular visit of fun, frolics and lots of ghoulish rhymes. Dare you join Ian as he reads some chilling, but chucklesome, frightening, but frolicsome, hair-raising but hilarious poems from his new book "Boooo!!!" ??

Ian Billings

30 Minute Program

YOU ARE AN AUTHOR!

We all have stories to tell. Children are authors too, and this program will give them the confidence to share their ideas and stories and to BELIEVE that their ideas count!

Ellen Leventhal

30 Minute Program

Let's talk about sea creatures and how we can protect them! Storytelling and Conservation Workshop

While forms are precise in a geometry book, In Nature, we must take a second good look. So step outside and open your eyes - The shapes you see could be quite a surprise. So let’s look together, just you and me. I wonder which shapes we’ll be able to see. Come on a magical journey and discover the shapes and creatures of the ocean in rhymes and…

Janina Rossiter

30 Minute Program

Arctic Polar Bear Bash!

Willow wants to introduce you to her Arctic friends! Hear her story and explore the Arctic. Makes a great birthday celebration -- includes one signed copy of JUST SO WILLOW and goody bags for up to 10 children.

Sara Shacter

30 Minute Program

You're An Author Too!

From giving a giraffe a back scratch to dancing in toilet paper to revising, students come to learn that their writing process isn't much different from mine. We're ALL authors! (This program is intended for school groups.)

Sara Shacter

45 Minute Program

Goodbye Reluctant Reader

In a lively presentation that delivers stories and facts, young readers discover reading leads to new adventure. Expect to meet the dragon in the sky, discover a volcano legend, and play a game of fact versus fiction.

Joan Marie Galat

30 Minute Program

WordPlay for Teens

If you like the idea of writing but are not quite sure where to start, this session is for you. Let me help you tap into the ideas lurking just outside your reach.

Joan Marie Galat

45 Minute Program

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…

M. W. Penn

45 Minute Program

Solve This!

Engineers are the champions of problem-solving. You can be a champion, too! Expect to tackle kid-friendly engineering challenges and find out what engineers and authors have in common. Bring a paper, pencil, and eraser to this STEM-friendly get-together.

Joan Marie Galat

30 Minute Program

From Writer to Author

If you want to be a writer, it doesn’t matter how old you are. What matters is how much you practice. Discover my journey from 12-year-old paid columnist to award-winning author. Ask me questions about how to achieve your writing goals.

Joan Marie Galat

30 Minute Program

How They Do It . . . The Secret Life of Authors

Authors of over 130 books, Dave and Neta Jackson have taught writing seminars to young people all over the United States as well as in China and Canada. This is your chance to get tips on how you might become an author, too.

Dave and Neta Jackson

30 Minute Program

AKK! IT'S A BLANK PAGE! WHAT DO I DO?

Staring at a blank page or not knowing how to revise the words you DO have can panic anyone. Yes, ANYONE! It's like staring into a dragon's mouth. But don't worry, we're going to have fun while we slay that dragon together.

Ellen Leventhal

45 Minute Program

Read a Story in Rhyme and Compare Numbers with Sidney the Silly Who Only Eats 6

Literature and number sense combine in this session, with children counting and comparing quantities as King Sidney will only eat groups of 6 and his chef, Brolly from Brixes, tires of making sixes. Children enjoy listening to a good story, entering an imaginary world created by great illustrations and hearing the pattern of a bouncing rhyme. But…

M. W. Penn

45 Minute Program

WRITE YOUR LIFE...AND A LITTLE EXTRA

Life can be stranger than fiction! Our lives are filled with ideas to get the creative juices flowing. Remember, elaborating isn't lying. IT'S FICTION! Paper, pencil, and a sense of excitement are the only requirements.

Ellen Leventhal

45 Minute Program

Build Your Dreams With 4 P's

We all have hopes and dreams and plans of what might be. How did the real-life characters in my books build their dreams into reality? Can you apply the same steps to make your dreams come true?

Vivian Kirkfield

45 Minute Program

Is There An Author In The House?

Building a story is like making a pizza - and we all have a story to tell. What ingredients will you add to your story? Let's have fun and write one together!

Vivian Kirkfield

45 Minute Program

Reading and Writing Riot

Giggle along with Ellen as we read a story together, play an interactive game, and have some fun creating your own story.

Ellen Leventhal

30 Minute Program

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Samantha Middleton

30 Minute Program

Meet The Author

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Brenda Baker

30 Minute Program

Everybody Loves Grace: Life Lessons From A Fluffy Dog Named Grace

Former CIA senior executive Katy McQuaid has long been a highly sought-after leadership consultant and renowned inspirational speaker. Now, she is bringing her insight and heart to a new project that is capturing the hearts and minds of parents, kids, and organizations all over the world: the “Everybody Loves Grace” illustrated book series. The…

Katy McQuaid

45 Minute Program

Dot to Dot in the Sky

Find out how to locate the North Star, spot constellations, and tell the difference between a star and planet. Discover the stories that connect us to the night sky, as we explore the wonders of the universe.

Joan Marie Galat

45 Minute Program

Dark Matters – Nature’s Reaction to Light Pollution

Discover the amazing night life of turtles, bats, birds, and other species. Learn how animals and their ecosystems are negatively impacted by light—much of which is so unnecessary.

Joan Marie Galat

30 Minute Program

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Gregory Maher

30 Minute Program

Solve Our Sleep From A to Zzzz (with Q & A)

Renowned Sleep Specialist, Dr. Whitney Roban, will use her award winning children's books to teach families about the importance of sleep.

Whitney Roban

45 Minute Program

Solve Our Sleep From A to Zzzz

Children and parents will learn about the importance of sleep.

Whitney Roban

30 Minute Program

MEET JACK GANTOS

LET'S TALK! I WRITE BOOKS FOR READERS OF ALL AGES. WE CAN DISCUSS WRITING ASPECTS OF MY WORK, OR YOU CAN BOUNCE YOUR IDEAS OFF OF ME FOR MY PROFESSIONAL ADVICE.

Jack Gantos

45 Minute Program

Dinosaurs!

DINOSAURS! Who doesn't love dinosaurs?!? In this fun session, which has been a favorite in schools and library settings, we will read a few rhyming poems about dinosaurs and talk about dinosaurs, how we learn about them, what's interesting about them, etc. Customizable. Available in English or Spanish.

Steven Cunningham

30 Minute Program

Meet the Author

Are you curious about what it's like to be a writer? Ask me anything. Where do I get my ideas? How do I find a publisher? Do I need to find my own illustrator? What do I earn from my books? Nothing is off-limits . . . well, maybe, "How old are you?" :-)

Claudia McAdam

30 Minute Program

DEEP DIVE INTO RESEARCH

Take a deep dive into research. Writing fiction and non-fiction stories involves researching - to add details to plot, characters, and setting. Learn helpful research techniques and know when it's time to stop researching and start writing!

Melissa Stoller

45 Minute Program

FINDING AND CAPTURING STORY IDEAS

Where do story ideas come from? How can you find ideas and capture them? Interactive games and writing prompts will spark writing ideas! Capture them all in an "Idea Journal" we will create together!

Melissa Stoller

30 Minute Program

THE WRITING PROCESS

Learn about the writing process - brainstorming ideas, researching, writing, revising, and publishing. Through an interactive presentation, I demystify the process and provide practical tips to assist students with their own writing projects.

Melissa Stoller

45 Minute Program

WE ARE ALL STORYTELLERS: WRITING FROM YOUR FAMILY CULTURE

We all have our own cultures and heritages - let's use our unique voices to tell our special stories. SADIE'S SHABBAT STORIES celebrates family history and the power of storytelling. Come with paper and pen to mine your family background and heirlooms in order to create your stories.

Melissa Stoller

45 Minute Program

How To Tell Your LIFE Story

No matter what your story is, it's worth telling! After twenty years of writing and recently partnering with her Rwandan coauthor, Rebeka Uwitzonze, to tell her inspiring story of travel from Rwanda, Africa to the US at age 9 for surgeries on her club feet, Meredith Davis is excited to help you tell your own LIFE story.

Meredith Davis

45 Minute Program

Strong Like a Butterfly

This program includes pictures and video of Rebeka's home and family in Rwanda and her time in America living in the Davis home while having treatments and surgeries to correct her club feet.

Meredith Davis

45 Minute Program

What can you learn from other religions?

Most world religions offer beautiful messages that help us become better people. By learning about them, you can celebrate colorful festivals with your neighbors and help bridge cultural differences.

Sucheta Rawal

30 Minute Program

Does your cat travel around the world?

Go behind the scenes of Beato Goes To - the adventures of a traveling cat. Meet the author and learn her secrets!

Sucheta Rawal

45 Minute Program

What Does It Take To Become a Travel Writer

Want to know how you can travel the world for a living? Meet someone who has a dream job and how you can get it too!

Sucheta Rawal

45 Minute Program

Earth Day Workshop

Celebrate the planet with Earth Day Carol!

Torran Anderson

45 Minute Program

How To Become a Food Writer

Are you passionate about food? If you like to eat different kinds of foods and aspire to be a professional food critic, this session is for you!

Sucheta Rawal

45 Minute Program

Climate Fiction (Cli-fi) Workshop

Create a story about the climate using interactive exercises

Torran Anderson

45 Minute Program

Telling Stories About Ourselves—Personal Statements

Personal statements are a key part of college admissions. Learn about putting a statement together using creative exercises.

Torran Anderson

45 Minute Program

What's it like in Brazil?

Do you love to travel? Hear firsthand stories of a travel writer and her experiences in Brazil, in this fun and inspiring session.

Sucheta Rawal

45 Minute Program

Telling Stories About COVID-19

Participants write and share about the challenges of COVID-19

Torran Anderson

45 Minute Program

Telling Stories About Loss

Learn what makes for a great beginning and explore loss in a safe environment.

Torran Anderson

45 Minute Program

Let's learn about Japan!

Curious to learn about Japanese culture? Discover traditions, customs, places, festivals and facts. In this session, you will hear firsthand accounts of the authors travel stories based in Japan.

Sucheta Rawal

45 Minute Program

Telling Stories About Our Background

Create a poem about your own family background! Participants learn an exercise that Torran used to create a group poem with Norwegian students called, “You Bring Out the Norwegian in Me.”

Torran Anderson

45 Minute Program

Writing and storyboarding for animation

Writing for animation has some similarities and some differences to writing for a book. I have experience in both and would love to take you through the steps to prepare you for developing an animated film.

Penny Harris

45 Minute Program

Poetry Games to Free Your Wild Mind: Fun Games to Develop Creativity and Voice

Make poetry fun and engaging with these quick "wild mind" writing games that will help you develop creativity, get new ideas, and surprise yourself with your writing. Through these games, we'll explore poetic skills like voice, imagery, descriptive language, rhythm, and rhyme. All you need are paper, pen/pencil, and a willingness to let your mind…

Todd Mitchell

45 Minute Program

Writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy: Pro tips for Creating New Worlds

Explore how to write amazing science fiction and fantasy stories! Bring paper and pen/pencil, and come prepared to write. By the end of the program, you'll have great story ideas, and techniques that you can apply to your writing for years to come.

Todd Mitchell

45 Minute Program

Creativity Coach: Take Your Writing to the Next Level

Have you ever wanted to talk with a professional writer about a story or a book idea that you're working on, and learn ways to take your writing to the next level? Todd Mitchell has helped hundreds of writers develop their stories and books, and get them published. You can talk with him to solve problems, learn about next steps to take, and get…

Todd Mitchell

45 Minute Program

Story Secrets: How Authors Write Books

Discover the three-step process that many professional authors use to write amazing stories! Bring paper and pen/pencil, and come ready to write. By the end of the program, you'll have developed character, setting, and plot ideas, along with starting your own incredible story.

Todd Mitchell

45 Minute Program

SPARK: A Passion for Animals

In the Spark A Passion for Animals presentation (Grades 5-12) students will learn how their passion for animals can lead to a successful career as well as help save lives along the way.

Lauren Theuerkauf

45 Minute Program

Wonderful Writers Workshop

In the Wonderful Writers Workshop (Grades 5-12) students will learn numerous brainstorming techniques, how to look for inspiration in the world around them, and how to craft a well-written story.

Lauren Theuerkauf

45 Minute Program

Beautiful Books: How a Children's Picture Book Is Made

In the Beautiful Books: How A Children's Picture Book is Made presentation (Grades K-8) students will get an in-depth look at how a children's book is made and see photos of the actual storyboards used in the making of Priceless Penny.

Lauren Theuerkauf

45 Minute Program

Delightfully Different

For pre-school and kindergarten students, I offer a presentation that shows Penny's unique differences as well as my own. The goal is to educate children on the importance of being true to oneself and that being different is beautiful. This presentation also includes an interactive game.

Lauren Theuerkauf

45 Minute Program

Coffee Chat: So You Want to Be a Writer

Fill your mug, literal and metaphorical, with creative fuel during this casual chat, geared for adults. If you're considering a career as a writer, there's a place for you at this table. Beth will share her journey to breaking into the industry and insight for those interested in learning more about publishing.

Beth Vrabel

30 Minute Program

You've got this!

Sometimes the scariest monster a young writer will face is a blank white page. Other times, it's just as intimidating to take on revisions. This is an opportunity to connect with Beth and tackle those tough moments together. She'll remind writers of the power in storytelling and give them the boost they need to take on all its thorniest steps.

Beth Vrabel

30 Minute Program

Get the Scoop!

Want the scoop? Beth will dish on what life is like as an author, including peeks at her writing space, writing and revision processes, and what she's working on now. This question and answer presentation will focus on readers’ publishing and writing questions and inspire them to tackle stories of their own.

Beth Vrabel

30 Minute Program

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…

Beth Vrabel

45 Minute Program

Writing with Grit

Beth will show how young writers can reimagine and relive their own experiences to write a story only they can share. Using clear steps, she'll showcase the steps to bring a story from concept to page. This presentation will inspire even reluctant young writers to harness their power to be the hero of their own stories.

Beth Vrabel

45 Minute Program

Once Upon a Time, YOU Wrote a BOOK!

Doing something BIG like writing a book can be daunting, but it’s totally doable when you break it up into fun little pieces. We’ll collect story elements and then talk about how to bring them all together to make a page-turning, shelf-worthy book!

Sarah Giles

45 Minute Program

Once Upon a Time, YOU Wrote a BOOK!

Doing something BIG like writing a book can be daunting, but it’s totally doable when you break it up into fun little pieces. We’ll collect story elements and then talk about how to bring them all together to make a page-turning, shelf-worthy book!

Sarah Giles

30 Minute Program

Best Book Club EVER! And YOU’LL be the host!

Book clubs are a GREAT way to connect and share a love of books with friends. Add a few special touches and your book club meeting becomes a party! I’ll throw your young reader and 4 friends a virtual book club party for {The Friendship Experiment}. Then I’ll show them how I put everything together so they can host book club parties of their own!

Sarah Giles

45 Minute Program

The Plot Thickens

Writing Awesome Stories – a workshop for budding young authors

Allison Paterson

45 Minute Program

It's Shearing Time!

Shearing Time Read-along and Join in the Puppet Fun

Allison Paterson

30 Minute Program

A Book in the Making

I am in the proces of writing and illustrating another book which I would like to share with you. Would you like to participate in the same process; to write and illustrate your story? Bring along an idea, some paper and whatever you want to use to draw with and we can work together to create your story.

Penny Harris

45 Minute Program

On A Mission

Join me for a discussion and writing exercises. Discover your creative potential and strengthen your creative purpose. Let's work together to find your voice so you can use it to make a difference!

Sarah Warren

45 Minute Program

Extraordinary You & Your One-of-a-Kind View

Warning: This workshop will contain discussion, exercises, and sharing. Be ready to write, read your work, and to receive standing ovations from the author.

Sarah Warren

30 Minute Program

The Most Important Thing About Poetry

...is not how to write it. What am I talking about? Although it's true one needs to understand grammar, spelling, meter, and all that other "poetry stuff" they teach you in school, the MOST important thing about writing poetry has nothing to do with the craft of writing it. (Or does it?)

Matt Forrest Esenwine

45 Minute Program

Adventure Calls!

Join me for a reading of A Spectacular Birdie, Q & A, an action-packed exploration of story circles, and a bookmaking project.

Sarah Warren

45 Minute Program

Everyday Heroes Series-Beyoncé!

Join me for a reading, Q & A, and an art project. Can you shine your light like Beyoncé? Let’s find out!

Sarah Warren

30 Minute Program

Everyday Heroes Series-Dolores Huerta!

Join me for a reading, Q & A, and puppet making project. Can you be an everyday hero? Let’s find out!

Sarah Warren

30 Minute Program

Don't Ask a Dinosaur - Ask Matt!

Dinosaurs might not be able to put a birthday party together - but they're still pretty awesome! Children will learn about the process of how "Don't Ask a Dinosaur" came together, cool facts about the dinosaurs included (and some that didn't make the cut!), and how a 7-year-old child "saved" the book before it went to press!

Matt Forrest Esenwine

45 Minute Program

The Birth of a Book

Think it's easy to create a picture book? Well, it's not - but it IS a lot of fun! Using my picture book "Flashlight Night" as a foundation, I will share how a manuscript is conceived, written, and revised; how an illustrator approaches the project; and the role editors play in pulling it all together!

Matt Forrest Esenwine

45 Minute Program

You have the power...The Power of Yet!

Ready...Set...YET! You may not be able to do it YET--but with patience and practice you will! Author Maryann Cocca-Leffler will read her new inspirational book, and share how this book and character were developed!

Maryann Cocca-Leffler

30 Minute Program

VALUE VISIT! Entire School Program: The Story Behind The Story

Bring Author-Illustrator Maryann Cocca-Leffler into your entire school or homeschooling group. She'll share her books and 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.

Maryann Cocca-Leffler

45 Minute Program

Israel Wildlife Adventure. Storytime and drawing workshop

Join an Israeli author/illustrator for story time: Lon-Lon’s Big Night about a desert fox cub, followed by nocturnal animal’s drawing lesson.

Miri Leshem-Pelly

45 Minute Program

Creative adventure with a plain piece of paper

We’ll get creative with papers: Crumple, fold, cut, tear, paint and glue. Our imagination will lead us on this fun journey all the way to a surprising artwork

Miri Leshem-Pelly

30 Minute Program

Story about a story

What happens when a story character walks out of the page? Let’s find out! An engaging discussion about imagination and reality, including creative writing and drawing activity.

Miri Leshem-Pelly

45 Minute Program

Aardvarks to Zucchini: The Question Quest

Explore and experience the amazing world of curiosity.

Robert Young

45 Minute Program

Ask the Author!

Want to know where authors get their ideas? How to get published? Best writing snacks? This is the program for you!

Sarah Darer Littman

30 Minute Program

Writing interesting villians

Conflict drives a story. The cat sat on the mat isn’t a story, but the dog sat on the cat’s mat…now we’re talking.

Sarah Darer Littman

45 Minute Program

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!

Rebecca Hirsch

45 Minute Program

I Rhyme All the Time! How to Write Great Rhyming Stories

If you love Mother Goose, pop song lyrics and rhythms that stick in your head, you could become a professional rhymer! Get ready to learn how the pros do it.

Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh

30 Minute Program

Stranger than fiction

Sarah draws inspiration for her novels from real life, contemporary issues, especially around how technology has changed the lives of young people for better - and worse. In this program, she encourages students to observe current events and technology and brainstorm what ifs - the building block of any story.

Sarah Darer Littman

45 Minute Program

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.

Maryann Cocca-Leffler

45 Minute Program

MEET JANINE ... and get inspired!

Maryann will read both Janine Books, which encourages readers to be their spectacular selves! The character, Janine, is based on Maryann's daughter's experiences as a child with disabilities.

Maryann Cocca-Leffler

30 Minute Program

Faith and Spies: Touching Hearts Through Storytelling

Let's discuss the art and responsibility of communicating faith messages through storytelling.

James Hannibal

45 Minute Program

From Inkling to Ink: Story Creation

Learn how to take an idea from inkling to story using the same tools I use to create my novels.

James Hannibal

45 Minute Program

What's in a story?

With the help of Champ the canine engineer, learn all about the three components of a story—beginning, middle, and end.

James Hannibal

45 Minute Program

Read and Talk with James

I'll read an excerpt from whichever of my books you choose and then answer questions about stories, becoming an author, or flying top secret aircraft.

James Hannibal

30 Minute Program

Virtual Author Visit

In your 30 minute session, I will read the book you have selected and have an interactive discussion after the story. If you select the full length memoir, I will read snippets followed by an interactive discussion. Three book selections to choose from: 1) Everything Is Going to Be All Right - A Book About Hurricane Harvey 2) Dolly Does Her…

Susan Langlois

30 Minute Program

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!

Penny Harris

45 Minute Program

Introduction to Poetic Forms

I will share examples of poetic forms and literary terms. There will be time for Q and A and sharing

Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan

45 Minute Program

What is a Sonnet? Shall We Write One Together?

We will read examples of sonnets- both traditional and humorous and will attempt to write the form in iambic pentameter.

Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan

45 Minute Program

Voice Over Basics

As a professional voice talent with a large portfolio of varied work under my belt and as an author of children's books I know the value of words to draw in readers and an audience. In this class I will share basic techniques of voice over and we will practice reading aloud with poems and tongue-twisters and more.

Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan

30 Minute Program

So You Want To Be a Poet?

I will use my latest book as a guide to introduce readers to poetic forms like sonnets, nonets and limericks, poetic stanzas of various lengths, and metered lines that demonstrate the beat and rhythm of rhymed and unrhymed poetry. We will then practice creating poems as well using word exercises.

Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan

45 Minute Program

Perform Your Poem!

Whether you already love writing and reciting poetry or just want to try it out, this workshop will make it easy and fun. We'll practice both composing and performing an evocative poem. Participants should have a notebook and writing utensil. Family members are welcome to participate together.

Joy Jones

45 Minute Program

Play Well, Write Well!

My book, JAYLA JUMPS IN, came as the result of me playing a childhood game! With PLAY WELL, we talk about the story behind some toys, sports and games. Bring paper and pen.

Joy Jones

45 Minute Program

Let’s Make a Book!

A workshop for creating a book of your own with Sarah Dillard for up to 8 attendees.

Sarah Dillard

45 Minute Program

The making of “I Wish it Would Snow!”

Sarah Dillard talks about the making of her picture book “I Wish it Would Snow!”, and it’s companion “I Don’t Like Rain!”, for up to 8 attendees.

Sarah Dillard

45 Minute Program

The Making of Mouse Scouts

A discussion with Sarah Dillard about the making of her popular chapter book series, Mouse Scouts for up to 8 attendees.

Sarah Dillard

45 Minute Program

The Making of Extraordinary Warren

A talk with Sarah Dillard about the making of her award winning early reader series “Extraordinary Warren”.

Sarah Dillard

45 Minute Program

CHARACTER CREATION FOR WRITING AND ACTING

Creating a character, either to perform on the stage or to have as the main focus of your story, is a challenging, as well as an exciting project. Join me to discuss some of the elements of making a character memorable and your story a page-turner.

Josephine Keenan

30 Minute Program

Find Your Magic: What Inspires Author Katie L. Carroll, Plus a Guided Writing Exercise

Award-winning author Katie L. Carroll shares how she found her magic in writing for teens and kids and the personal stories that inspired her books. This is followed by a guided writing exercise for budding writers to begin developing their own creative stories.

Katie Carroll

45 Minute Program

History and Legends of Captain Kidd, Plus Learn to Talk Like a Pirate

Ahoy mateys! Join award-winning author Katie L. Carroll on her pirate ship to discover the Captain Kidd legends and history that inspired the novel PIRATE ISLAND. Then get a lesson on how to talk like a real pirate. Pefect for pirates of all ages. Arrrr!

Katie Carroll

30 Minute Program

Author Visit with Aly and Alycat

This program includes "Alycat the mascot". For a visit with just Author Aly, please see options in My Programs.

Alysson Bourque

45 Minute Program

Author Visit from Award-winning Author of Alycat Series

This program does not include Alycat the Mascot. For Alycat to be present, please select "Author Visit with Aly and Alycat" in My Programs.

Alysson Bourque

45 Minute Program

Drawing on Imagination with the Author of THE BEDTIME KNIGHT

Award-winning author Katie L. Carroll performs a lively reading of the picture book THE BEDTIME KNIGHT, in which a young mouse and her father turn the scary shadows of the night into fun imaginings. Learn the inspiration behind the book. Then bring paper and writing tools to unlock the power of your own imagination in a guided drawing exercise.

Katie Carroll

30 Minute Program

DEAD END IN NORVELT & NORVELT TO NOWHERE

WRITING AND DISCUSSING THE NEWBERY AWARD WINNING NOVEL: "History, Mystery, and Humor--and Characters you'll never forget!"

Jack Gantos

45 Minute Program

What goes in to writing Historical Fiction?

Lisa will talk about what goes into writing believable Historical Fiction and give you tips on how to write your own stories.

Lisa Gammon Olson

45 Minute Program

Keepin’ it Real: Q & A

Have you ever felt like you had a question that went unanswered or a goal you didn’t achieve? I have but I learned to take advantage of opportunities when presented to me. Closed mouths do not get fed. So, before you miss out on answers and goals like I have, let’s talk authentically!

Clarence McFerren II

30 Minute Program

Let's Make Hubbleville Lemonade!

Learn how to make the deliciously tart lemonade that everyone in Hubbleville loves!

Micki Bare

30 Minute Program

Be Responsible: Motivation for All

Have you ever felt disorganized or that no one would help you obtain your goals? I have but I also learned that actions speak louder than words. Sometimes we cannot depend on others to guide us throughout life. So, before you’re disappointed like me, let’s talk about being responsible!

Clarence McFerren II

30 Minute Program

Be Resilient: Motivation for All

Have you ever felt like you wanted to quit or not complete a task when it became difficult? I have but I also learned that life goes on with or without you. Most humans do not want to be left behind or alone. So, before you regret your actions like me, let’s talk about being resilient!

Clarence McFerren II

30 Minute Program

Meet & Greet

Learn more about your favorite Hubbleville characters with author Micki Bare.

Micki Bare

30 Minute Program

Be Respectful: Motivation for All

Have you ever felt like you were disrespected or your work was discredited? I have but I also have been caught being disrespectful. You never know what someone has sacrificed to care for you or share with you. So, before you’re embarrassed like me, let’s talk about being respectful!

Clarence McFerren II

30 Minute Program

Creating Characters out of Real People, and Creating People with Real Character

How do you portray sons and daughters, parents and siblings, teachers, friends, and others you know… in a book? Is it easier or harder to include people you know? The answer might surprise you. Let’s talk about it – and maybe even write about it.

Naomi Milliner

45 Minute Program

"I'll Never Forget You As Long As I Live" characters

Reveal every side of your characters by showing not telling-the good, the bad and the very good. Bring a short list of your favorite book/movie/tv characters and why you like them as well as paper and a writing tool.

Mary Bleckwehl

30 Minute Program

Birth of a Book

Just how does a book come into the world? A visual tour of the making of a book from idea generation to the finished product. You'll learn about many different jobs/people it takes to make a great book!

Mary Bleckwehl

45 Minute Program

What's In Your Wallet? whoops! I mean-What's In Your Writing Toolbelt?

Ticking time bombs, laughing pillows and a magic wand are in my writing tool belt! Let's fill yours up so you'll never have to pull your hair out while writing. And we'll be writing so bring paper and writing tool.

Mary Bleckwehl

45 Minute Program

Junk Drawer Idea Hunt

Mary Bleckwehl will lead you to your junk drawer (come on-we know you have one!) and help you turn trinkets into a treasure trove of writing ideas!

Mary Bleckwehl

45 Minute Program

The Power of Words & Imagination

From Classroom Teacher to Author, & Illustrator, I come to embrace imagination through storytelling. * Power of Words = Descriptive, Action-packed * Puzzle = Writing is like putting a puzzle together….. * A workshop in story development * Write an outline of a story(s) and/or develop one story

Diann Floyd Boehm

30 Minute Program

Embracing Imagination with Rocks

From Classroom Teacher to Author, & Illustrator, I come to embrace imagination through storytelling. Embracing Imagination with Rocks * Diann shows her rocks painted to represent characters and places * Talks about each rock to stir the imagination * With the fun of talking about rocks the kids do not even realize they are learning about the…

Diann Floyd Boehm

30 Minute Program

My Day in Space or on the Moon!

From Classroom Teacher to Author, & Illustrator, I come to embrace imagination through storytelling. “Embracing imagination" is the name of the game for young writers. Diann shares an overview of the Moonlings in Tycho Town, characters and pets. Diann shows actual objects you might see while traveling to the moon.

Diann Floyd Boehm

30 Minute Program

My Day with a Camel

From Classroom Teacher to Author, & Illustrator, I come to embrace imagination through storytelling. Diann talks about “Embracing Imagination” and the process of how she comes up with her stories and ecourages the young writers to develop their own story in the process. An engaging conversation and questioning with the author and the young…

Diann Floyd Boehm

30 Minute Program

Pro tips for Drawing and/or writing

This one can be catered to the specific needs or wants of the audience - but, basically, Kevin will try to give more of a master class in how he writes and draws and what YOU can steal from him to make your own art better.

Kevin Sylvester

45 Minute Program

Mistakes and Success - plus some laughs and cartoons

Kevin shares stories from his middle grade books, including MINRs, the Neil Flambé Capers, The Hockey Super-Six and more. AND he shares some tips to help kids find their own style for drawing cartoons.

Kevin Sylvester

45 Minute Program

Laughs and surprises (and cartoons!) for little readers

Kevin reads two of his interactive pictures books - Gargantua Jr: Defender of Earth and Super-Duper Monster Viewer - then leads the kids in a simple cartooning 'class'.

Kevin Sylvester

30 Minute Program

Rockin' Read-alouds

An introduction to the author Mary Bleckwehl, her award-winning books, ideas, and a chance to listen and read along with her as she shares one of her stories. Includes an autographed book!

Mary Bleckwehl

30 Minute Program

Who am I?

I will read my 4th book in The American HerStory Series, "Remembering Green" and we will talk about our Indigenous People and the discrimination and hardships they've endured since "being discovered" by early European settlers.

Lisa Gammon Olson

45 Minute Program

When your life IS a Circus!

I will read the 2nd book in the American HerStory Series, "Sewing The Magic In" and we will talk about the history of the Early Ringling Brothers Circus.

Lisa Gammon Olson

45 Minute Program

Food for Thought

What we eat affects not only our bodies, but the whole world. "Diet for a Changing Climate: Food for Thought" explores how, by changing our diets, we can help our Earth. What's on the menu? How about a tasty weed, invasive species, or a well-prepared insect?

Christy Mihaly

30 Minute Program

Growing up during the Dust Bowl

I will read the first book in my American HerStory Series, Dust Flowers and we will deep dive into life during the dustbowl.

Lisa Gammon Olson

45 Minute Program

Hey, hey, HAY!

For kids who are fascinated by tractors, for future farmers, and for city kids who don't know where hay comes from -- this is for you! We'll start with a rollicking interactive read-aloud of "Hey, Hey, Hay! (A Tale of Bales and the Machines That Make Them") with time to talk about how we make hay.

Christy Mihaly

30 Minute Program

The REAL Magic of Trees

I will read my Award-Winning Picture book, "And The Trees Began To Move". And then I will tell you some fascinating facts about trees around the world and why we ALL need to be Tree Protectors.

Lisa Gammon Olson

45 Minute Program

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."

Christy Mihaly

30 Minute Program

Writing Poems

Are you curious about poems or do you know nothing about them? Whether you're intimidated or intrigued, I invite you to learn about some of the fun forms of poetry and try your hand at creating poems. It's easier than you think!

Christy Mihaly

30 Minute Program

Wild Card Q&A!

Ask Sofiya whatever burning questions you can come up with!

Sofiya Pasternack

30 Minute Program

The Complete Beginner's Guide to Magic

What's the most fun part of writing a fantasy book? Why, the magic, of course! Come learn about the different types of magic in your favorite fantasy stories, and all the things you need to think about when you're getting ready to make your own!

Sofiya Pasternack

45 Minute Program

How to Plot a Story (Without Totally Losing It!)

Do you want to write a story, but then you look at the GIGANTIC task of plotting out that whole thing, and you say, "Never mind!" Well, fear no more! Learn how plotting can be fun!

Sofiya Pasternack

45 Minute Program

Turning History Into Fantasy

Have you ever heard that there are two sides to every story? Well, that's not true. There are, in fact, THREE sides to every story! Learn about the three sides of history, and how to use this triangle of facts and fancy to write stellar historical fiction and fantasy!

Sofiya Pasternack

30 Minute Program

Find Your Voice!

For serious authors working on the intangible and sought-after voice! What is voice, and how do we develop one? (Hint: lots of practice!)

Sofiya Pasternack

45 Minute Program

All Writing Is Good Writing!

What ways can writing fiction help you with writing for school, for work, and beyond? Um IN EVERY WAY! Learn about how your brain can't tell the difference between dragons and dissertations!

Sofiya Pasternack

45 Minute Program

Hang Out with Patrice Karst- Bestselling Author of THE INVISIBLE STRING!

Bestselling Author of THE INVISIBLE STRING, Patrice Karst, Hangs Out with YOU!

Patrice Karst

30 Minute Program

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.

Naomi Milliner

45 Minute Program

How to Write a Novel in Verse: An Interactive Workshop for Teens

Participants are encouraged to bring work-in-progress, either poetry or prose. Though it isn't required. Limited: 8 writers. Adults welcome.

Sherry Shahan

45 Minute Program

Inspire Little Scientists to Dream Big

Cozy up with award-winning author and educator Michelle Schaub and explore different scientists and the tools they use with her bedtime STEM book, DREAM BIG LITTLE SCIENTIST.

Michelle Schaub

30 Minute Program

The Power of Words!

We’ll discuss my book about beating bullies with BIG words!

Adam Ford

45 Minute Program

Let's Make Stories So Much Neater! Write a Book in Rhyme and Meter!

A session about not just rhyming, but structuring the words so that they flow in rhythm!

Adam Ford

45 Minute Program

I Can’t Draw! Can You?

Let’s draw simple smiley-faces!

Adam Ford

45 Minute Program

Let’s Talk Snowboarding!

Adam wrote a kid’s book about snowboarding, but he teaches snowboarding as well!

Adam Ford

45 Minute Program

How Do I Learn?

A session on different abilities and preferences for learning.

Adam Ford

45 Minute Program

Finding the "Special" in Special Needs

The title character, SUPER JAKE, is loosely based on my youngest son who had special needs. Jake couldn't walk or talk, but he sure could smile! When you read - or hear - all about Jake and his big brothers, I guarantee you'll be smiling, too! Remember: you can't judge a book or a person by their cover.

Naomi Milliner

45 Minute Program

Author Presentation - Picture Books, Sheep Jokes, Sheep Math, Sheep Facts, and Sheep Crafts!

The program revolves around my bedtime counting picture book, TEN SHEEP TO SLEEP. We'll read the book, do math, answer riddles, learn how to write a picture book, and two activities (time permitting). The student(s) will require a pre-cut template, cotton, colors, glue, pencil, googly eyes (optional). Students will get an opportunity to feature…

Nidhi Kamra

30 Minute Program

HOW TO NOT EAT YOUR GRANDMA WHILE WRITING PICTURE BOOKS

Did you know a tongue twister is an alliteration? Can you blurt one out faster than me? I challenge you! In this class, you'll learn all the tools to write a fabulous, fun, fascinating picture book. We'll talk about structure, characters, dialogue, rhythm, punctuation, and of course, how to not eat your grandma! Psst! Students will get a free book…

Nidhi Kamra

45 Minute Program

Animals 'n' Action

A family sing, play, laugh, and dance-along adventure exploring books and songs about animals.

Valerie Smalkin

45 Minute Program

Springtime Dance - Books with Music!

An engaging musical introduction to Books with Music, ventriloquism, puppetry, and songwriting.

Valerie Smalkin

30 Minute Program

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Brianne Hostutler

30 Minute Program

You can create and design characters!

I’ll guide you step-by-step on how to draw and design your own characters. It’s easy and fun, everyone can succeed!

Miri Leshem-Pelly

45 Minute Program

The Jr. Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

This program is limited to 12 participants. Adults are welcome to sit in.

Sherry Shahan

45 Minute Program

Mustangs: Wild and Free

Wild horses still roam freely in some of the mountain and desert ranges of Wyoming. I'll share their stories with you. Together we'll write a mustang poem, and then you'll get to create your own leather bookmark or bracelet.

Cathy Ringler

45 Minute Program

Create Your Own Cryptid!

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! After, kids will create and draw…

Lija Fisher

45 Minute Program

Saddle Up!

If you love horses this session is for you! I'll share stories of real-life horse heroes, we'll work together on a horse themed writing activity, and at the end of our time together, you'll create your very own leather bookmark or bracelet.

Cathy Ringler

45 Minute Program

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!

Lija Fisher

30 Minute Program

YOUNG ADULT NOVEL/YOUNG ADULT MEMOIR

Young Adult Novels & Young Adult Memoirs: Read and Write Books That Define You. Smart, Honest, Engaging, and Brilliant.

Jack Gantos

45 Minute Program

UPPER ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE GRADE NOVELS

UPPER ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE GRADE NOVELS "JOEY PIGZA" SERIES /ADHD/A FUNNY, SMART, WINNER OF A KID!

Jack Gantos

45 Minute Program

True Life Adventures

Imagine yourself alone in the wilderness. How would you catch a fish without a line? Where would you sleep without a tent ? How would you stay warm at night?

Sherry Shahan

45 Minute Program

WRITING RADAR: CREATING THE WRITER'S JOURNAL

WRITING RADAR: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories by Jack Gantos "If you read good books, you can write great books!"

Jack Gantos

45 Minute Program

PICTURE BOOK WORKSHOP/ROTTEN RALPH

PICTURE BOOK WORKSHOP: Great Characters, smart story, well organized = Winning Picture Book! You Can Do This!

Jack Gantos

30 Minute Program

Is Happiness a Choice?

For anyone who loves Science Fiction and Dystopian themes! Can you control your own happiness? What would happen if someone else demanded it? This connects to my novel, Rising Up.

Tanya Ross

45 Minute Program

Share your Happy Today!

The author will read and engage with children for 30 minutes. The virtual/online session includes storytelling and interactive play. Each session includes a personalized autographed copy of book sent to customer within 30 days of reading. See preview: https://www.pbshawaii.org/sandy-cameli-get-caught-reading/

Sandy Cameli

30 Minute Program

Metamorphosis: From Caterpillar to Butterfly

The program is geared for Kindergarten through Grade 3. Limit: 12 younger children. A parent, teacher, or other adult must be present.

Sherry Shahan

30 Minute Program

Chat with the Author

Are you or someone you love or work with a current or former foster kid? Or have you read The Quiet You Carry or Quiet No More and would like to talk with the author? Individuals or groups can book a talk with me to chat about writing, foster care, beating the odds against me to live my dreams, or anything else that you have in mind!

Nikki Barthelmess

45 Minute Program

Writing To Cope: How a Former Foster Kid Found Healing and You Can Too

Most of us know that writing can be cathartic. As a former foster kid, I had a lot of emotions I didn’t know how to deal with or process. I want to share some tools that can help you or someone you love use writing to help process difficult feelings.

Nikki Barthelmess

45 Minute Program

Loving vs. Virginia: Can you love who you want? Marry who you want? Can there be a "bad law?"

Loving vs. Virginia is the name of the U.S. Supreme Court case which ruled in favor of interracial marriage in 1967--not so long ago. Mildred Jeter, a black woman, married Richard Loving, a white man, in Virginia in 1958, were arrested, jailed, released and banished from Virginia, until their case went to court. Is this fair?

Patricia Hruby Powell

45 Minute Program

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.

Patricia Hruby Powell

45 Minute Program