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Let's talk books!
The wonder of insects. The excitement of lucha libre. Spidergoats. And what it means to put your heart into your story (by revising, revising, and more revising!) All these topics are covered in my school presentations. If you want to get your students excited about both nonfiction and fiction, and better prepare them to write stories of their own, then let's schedule a visit for your school!
If you'd like to set up a Skype visit instead of an in-person event, click here!
Picture Books: Mustache Baby and More (Kindergarten-Grade 5) 45-50 Minutes
Students will learn how picture books like MUSTACHE BABY are made, hear stranger-than-fiction facts from my non-fiction books, including I, FLY: THE BUZZ ABOUT FLIES AND HOW AWESOME THEY ARE and STRONGER THAN STEEL: SPIDER SILK DNA AND THE QUEST FOR BETTER BULLETPROOF VESTS, SUTURES, AND PARACHUTE ROPE. Students will also be encouraged to see the stories in their own lives, and to put their hearts into their writing through the hard work of revising. Finally, we'll read MUSTACHE BABY, adding fan-stache-stic sound effects! Students will leave inspired to read and write - both fiction and non-fiction!
Nonfiction: Stronger than Steel and Stranger than Fiction (Grades 4-8) 45-50 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!
$500 per presentation, including travel. At least four presentations must be booked each day, except for the last day, which can have fewer than that. This option allows multiple schools to know the all-inclusive price from the beginning. Each presentation can be at a different school or library, as long as the drive time is feasible.
$1,000 for a full day within 1.5 hours of Kansas City.
$1,200 for a full day outside of Kansas City. Additional travel expenses will apply.
A full day typically includes 4 presentations and time for signing books. However, you may add any other activities that fit into the school day, such as an additional presentation, breakfast or lunch with students, story time for preschoolers, classroom visits to see student writing projects, a book signing party, or whatever will add to the students' experience!
Schools can share a day, if they are within close driving distance. In that case, there can be 4 presentations total, and additional activities as time allows.
Many schools allow students and teachers to preorder books, which I then sign on the day of the visit. Book orders can be handled through a local bookstore or Barnes & Noble. Books may also be purchased directly from the publishers at a discount.If you need help creating an order form, please let me know.
Library Visits, Literacy Nights, and More
Hour-long library visits and literary nights are $500 and include a brief slideshow, craft, and game. The theme can be MUSTACHE BABY, QUEEN DOG, FAIRY'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, STEGOTHESAURUS, AMAZING ANIMALS, WHO WANTS TO BE A PRINCESS? or a combination.
For teens, an hour-long BLOOD, BULLETS, AND BONES workshop is available.
A 2-hour long Writer's Workshop: YA Novel (for teens) is $750. (Please see the description above.)
A 2-hour long Writer's Workshop: Picture Books (for kids, families, or therapeutic groups) is $750. (Please see the description above.)
Outside the Kansas City area, travel expenses will apply.
For more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you soon!