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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 …
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.)
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…
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.
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…
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…
...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?)
Bring Author-Illustrator Maryann Cocca-Leffler into your classroom 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.
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.
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…
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.
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!
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!
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!
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…
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…
1, 2, 3, Who's Cleaning the Sea?
The sea creatures are working hard to clean their living environment of ocean pollution.
But why do they clean? What happened?
Would you like to know more about plastic pollution and how YOU can help the sea creatures?
We can find sustainable solutions together and protect our oceans!
Although the concept of “opposites” might not be easy for children to grasp with words, if we play the game "Up and Down and Up, " they will have lots of fun while learning. This session is based on the chapter "Opposites" from Connie's book, DANCE, TURN, HOP, LEARN! ENRICHING MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS. During this playful and energetic…
***COMING SOON***Ever wondered how authors create their characters? Want to learn what they don't teach you in school?
Join British children's fantasy author and former teacher J. A Browne as she takes you on a journey of discover to create your own magical character using the power of nature and shares her own character creation secrets.
Ask yourself HOW you want to live while you grow up, not the old “WHAT do you want TO BE." Kids are being driven toward robot competitions and 'learning to code' when there are myriad careers available in tech beyond just the mythical rockstar coder and lead designer/inventor. Success takes teams, trials and time.