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.
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.
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!
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.
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…
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Trick or treat! Come on a little Halloween journey with Tovi the Penguin.
Tovi is the main character of my children's book series Tovi the Penguin.
My books are essentially about friendship. The penguins go on little adventures together and things don't always go as planned. It gives the young (and older) reader something exciting to explore…
Patricia will introduce herself as a dancer/storyteller-turned writer; guide students to write their own simple poems about themselves, using the poetry of Lift As You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker and Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker as models. We will discuss the question: What do you hope to accomplish? (for 1st – 5th grades;…
Meet illustrator, Shanda McCloskey! First, she'll read Fire Truck vs. Dragon (written by Chris Barton), then teach you (step-by-step) how to draw FIRE TRUCK from the story! Shanda also welcomes conversation and questions.
Meet illustrator, Shanda McCloskey! First, she'll read Fire Truck vs. Dragon (written by Chris Barton), then teach you (step-by-step) how to draw DRAGON from the story! Shanda also loves conversation and questions.
Storytime with Elliott, the dragon from his book, the brave princess and the making of new friendships. What is the power of imagination? In my book, SUNDAY RAIN, Elliott discovers that making new friends is like reading a new book -- you just have to plunge into the adventure!
This interactive program includes a read-aloud of MOOTILDA'S BAD MOOD, puppetry, singing a bad mood song, a mood-o-meter coloring page, and a discussion about bad moods, how we get them, and how we get out of them.
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.