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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!

Presentations

Picture Books: Mustache Baby and More (Kindergarten-Grade 5)

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)

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!


New for 2016-17! Murder, She Wrote (Grades 5-12)

CSI and other mystery shows have brought forensic science to the forefront of teens' imaginations. But did you know that it 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





New for 2017-18! Amazing Animals (Grades 1-5)
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 Shell, Beak, Tusk, and the Animals: Just Like Us! series, students will learn about some of the world's strangest adaptations. They'll also learn about nonfiction writing in general-from researching reliable sources to organizing the story and telling it compellingly. Kids will get excited about writing informative texts of their own!

New for 2017-18! Fact or Fiction? (Grades 5-12)
Fake news. Conspiracy theories. Alternative facts. Who knows what to believe anymore? Actually, the line between truth and fiction is as clear as ever...and it's our responsibility as citizens in a democracy to honor it. This presentation will give students the tools to do so. We will start with the basics: that reliable sources are those that make a good faith effort to tell the truth. They may skew toward the right or left but still be committed to the truth. Next, students will learn about unreliable sources--those that tell falsehoods as entertainment or propaganda. Students will learn the ways social media is used to report real, breaking news, but also to spread fake news. In addition, students will learn that even reliable sources can make honest mistakes, which is why it's important to fact check and follow up on new information. Research for It's Getting Hot in Here: The Past, Present, and Future of Climate Change, and Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA will be used as examples, as well as current topics such as internet trolls, memes, and more.

Pricing

(As of the 2017-2018 School Year)

Within One Hour of Kansas City: 

full day (four presentations, which can be shared by multiple schools): $1,000                                   single presentation: $500

Outside of Kansas City:

Option One:

$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.

Option Two:

$1,200 per day for a full day. Additional travel expenses will apply. This includes 4 author talks, an optional lunch with students, and time for book signing. Schools can share a day, if they are within close driving distance.

For Libraries


Hour-long Mustache Baby parties are $500 and include a brief slideshow, make-your-own-mustache craft, and Pin the Mustache on the Mustache Baby game. Outside the Kansas City area, travel expenses will apply.

For more information, please contact me at authorbheos@gmail.com

Hope to see you soon!