Hello! I’d love to spend time with your class this school year. School visits are a wonderful way to connect with readers and to encourage the expression of art and story in the lives of students. While in person visits are usually more fun, I am doing very few in-person visits this year due to COVID-19. However, my experience has been that even digital events can be meaningful to participants.
Picture Book Making – 60 minutes, Grades 5 and up
What goes into making a picture book? This talk dives into the nuts and bolts of making a picture book, from researching content to fitting text and images into a format for print.
Writing Workshops – 60 minutes, Grade 3 and up
My favorite visits involve getting kids to write down and start to work out their own ideas. We read poems and use prompts to create new work. There is opportunity for students to share their work, get feedback and leave with plenty of new ideas. This can be tailored to the needs of the individual classes and includes fun mail.
Virtual Meet the Author Visit/Read Aloud – 20-40 minutes, Grades Pre K- 2nd grade
These visits include a short introduction to my work and the creative process behind the books I’m working on, an optional read-a-loud and a Q+A. Students get a very short tour of my studio space and a look at the tools I use to create picture books.
Writing and Illustrating as a Career – 60 minutes, Grade 6 and up
This visit is an introduction to my work, my path to a career in the arts and what my day as a writer and illustrator looks like. It includes a mini behind the scenes tour of my studio and the projects I am currently working on. There is time at the end for a Q + A.
“Stories, no matter how simple, can be vehicles of truth; can be, in fact, icons.”
Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water