Mustache Baby and More (Kindergarten-Grade 5) 50 Minutes
MUSTACHE BABY books 3 and 4 are new releases. Let's celebrate with a school visit! Students will learn how picture books like MUSTACHE BABY are made, and how nonfiction books such as I, FLY: THE BUZZ ABOUT FLIES AND HOW AWESOME THEY ARE, WHO WANTS TO BE A PRINCESS, JUST LIKE US! ANTS, and JUST LIKE US! BIRDS are written. Students will also brainstorm fiction story ideas that are based on real life. They'll also be encouraged to put their hearts into their writing through the hard work of revising. Finally, we'll read MUSTACHE BABY, adding mustache-stic sound effects! Students will leave inspired to read and write - both fiction and non-fiction!
Stegothesaurus and the Art of Seeing Your Life as a Story (Grades 2-5)
When I started writing picture books, I began to see my own life as a story. In stories, characters face challenges and setbacks, but they persevere and learn from it all. In this presentation, students will think of their own lives as stories. No matter how tough things get, they are the heroes of their own stories. Students will learn how to create a variety of stories based on real life experiences. Through it all, they will learn about the writing process, and get excited about reading and writing.
Nonfiction: Stronger than Steel and Stranger than Fiction (Grades 4-8) 50 Minutes
Ants falling from the edge of outer space without getting hurt. Goats infected with spider DNA so that they can produce spider silk. Old murder cases solved by modern forensic science. And birds that paint and decorate their homes. All these stranger than fiction subjects will be covered in this presentation. In the process, students will learn how a nonfiction book is made, including the research involved. Books covered include I, FLY: THE BUZZ ABOUT FLIES AND HOW AWESOME THEY ARE; STRONGER THAN STEEL: SPIDER SILK DNA AND THE QUEST FOR BETTER BULLETPROOF VESTS, SUTURES, AND PARACHUTE ROPE; BLOOD, BULLETS, AND BONES: THE STORY OF FORENSIC SCIENCE FROM SHERLOCK HOLMES TO DNA (2016), BIRDS: JUST LIKE US, and ANTS: JUST LIKE US (2017). If you want to get students excited about reading and writing nonfiction, this is the presentation for you!
Animals: Just Like Us! (Grades 1-8) 50 Minutes
Did you know that ants farm? Or that birds decorate their homes? Even plants, in their way, do strangely human things, such as wearing disguises and engaging in warfare. In this presentation, based on Bridget's ANIMALS: JUST LIKE US! series, students will learn about amazing-and sometimes hilarious-animal adaptations. They'll also learn about nonfiction writing in general-from finding reliable sources to organizing the story and telling it compellingly. Kids will get excited about writing informative texts of their own!
Blood, Bullets, and Bones (Grades 5-12) 50 Minutes
CSI and other mystery shows have brought forensic science to the forefront of teens' imaginations. But did you know that forensic science actually dates back to Ancient China? Or that the first modern-day forensic scientist was the fictional Sherlock Holmes? Would you believe that in 1922 in New York, poison killed more people than gunshot wounds, stabbings, and car accidents combined, a scourge that was finally brought to an end by the newly formed New York Medical Examiner's Office? In this presentation, students will learn about the research and writing that went into Bridget's new book BLOOD, BULLETS, AND BONES: THE STORY OF FORENSIC SCIENCE FROM SHERLOCK HOLMES TO DNA.
Story Time (Preschool-Kindergarten) 20 Minutes
When time allows, I can visit with your youngest students for no extra charge. I'll sit with them and talk about how a book is made, while reading a few of my stories. They can also ask questions.
Writer's Workshops (Grades 3-12)
I'm happy to work with you to develop a writer's workshop that meets your school's needs. See below for ideas.
Writer's Workshop: Blood, Bullets, and Bones (Grades 5-12)
Using crimes, clues, locations, and time periods from BLOOD, BULLETS, AND BONES, writers will come up with their own ideas for murder mystery novels. They'll write a synopsis and create the book cover. If time allows, they will write the first chapter. This can also be done as a Skype visit.
Writers Workshop: YA Novel (Grades 5-12)
Writers will choose a prompt from a variety of genres, and then go through the process of character examination, world building (even if it is a realistic world,) and choosing a starting point.
For multiple sessions, they can also write a draft of the first chapter, peer review, revise the chapter, and then "publish" it with an artistic cover and informative summary. This workshop gives students the chance to write in a medium that is familiar, relatable, and fun. I've had students walk away from the workshop determined to finish the novel over the Summer!