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Mary Bleckwehl

Mary Bleckwehl writes for kids, loves to talk to kids about their stories and dreams, used to teach kids, raised some of her own and actually was a kid once upon a time!


"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

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

Mary Bleckwehl grew up in a large farm family in Iowa. She fell in love with books and says the library was her “candy store” because it held goodies between the book covers! Bleckwehl ’s award-winning picture books include Henry you’re late AGAIN! Henry you’re hungry AGAIN? and Claire’s Hair. Look for her five non-fiction titles and debut middle grade books in 2021-22. She's presented to over 90,000 students in schools, libraries, and young writer conferences and is waiting to hear from you-to book a virtual or live event. Her interactive and fun-loving nature will inspire creativity. Bleckwehl, a former teacher, lives in Northfield, Minnesota where the winters are long, the computer is always on, and her monster dog is happily chewing up somebody’s treasure.

Check out Mary online:

Henry you're late AGAIN!

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Claire's Hair

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Henry you're hungry AGAIN?

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The Birthday Cookbook

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