Do you know about the littlest of five sisters who grew up to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time? If not, then join me for a closer look at Serena: The Littlest Sister, a biography of Serena Williams.
Do you know about the 14-year-old gymnast who made history at the Olympics? If not, then join me for a closer look at Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still, a biography of Olympic Gold Medalist Nadia Comaneci.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 :).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You are stronger than you think you are! This program tells the story of a girl who may not have looked strong, but overcame incredible odds, leaving her home and family at the age of nine, taking a chance that changed her life. Coauthor Meredith Davis shares pictures and a video of Rebeka's home and family in Rwanda and her time in America living…
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."
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!
Let's meet our feathered friends! Join science poet Leslie Bulion for a poetic introduction to bird-watching, with tips for how to find birds right outside your own windows. A birding workshop tailored to your area for up to 8 attendees.
Author Michelle Houts remembers making a beeline to B section in her elementary and middle school libraries. B for Biographies. For the reader who loves to devour stories of real people and/or the young writer whose favorite assignments are reports about world-changers and the fascinatingly famous, this visit will be a fun look into what it's like…
Learn to weave scientific facts into your fiction in this hands-on writing and plotting adventure. Science writer and children’s author Cristy Burne shares her contagious passion for science and technology in this fast and funny creative writing workshop.
How do you go to the bathroom in a suit of armor? Were there dogs on the Mayflower? What's a fast-acting poison that can't be traced? What insect has caused the most misery in human history? When was underwear invented?
A lively, interactive discussion about the history that kids really want to know about.
The past is what happened. History is the stories we choose to tell about the past. Now more than ever, new stories with varying perspectives are being discovered and shared. Sarah shows kids how to find facts and assess online sources to tell the best stories they can.