The following are some of the programs I can offer. The length of the
presentations and appropriate grade levels are guidelines to help when planning a visit.
Please feel free to discuss how I can combine aspects of programs, or tailor a program to meet
your classroom or library needs.
Time guidelines for programs:
Grades K-1: 35-40 minutes
Grades 2-3: 45-50 minutes
Grades 4-6: 50-60 minutes
General Author Presentations
Creating Books: What Authors
Do (Grades k-6)
Where do authors get ideas? How do ideas become books? This general
program about what authors do and how books are made discusses
both fiction and nonfiction, and includes rough draft and revisions, dummies, stages of artwork from rough artist sketches
to finished artwork, and reading of my picture book Itís Time!, plus pictures, hands
on items, and questions to engage the children.
The Fun of Nonfiction
What was life like in the colonies? How big is a grizzly claw or
a great white shark tooth? Hear
about space walks and sports, disasters and ancient civilizations.
Pictures, props, cool facts,
and demonstrations help excite kids about reading and writing
nonfiction. Presentation includes
discussion of research, organizing information, and writing to guidelines,
and leaves time for
questions at the end. Program and books discussed is tailored to the age
of the audience.
with Curriculum Connections:
Predators in the Wild: (Grades k-6)
Do sharks chew their prey or swallow it whole? What techniques
do grizzlies use for finding food? How do hawks see tiny prey from far above the ground? This fun
and educational presentation takes a look at three different kinds of
predators in the wild. Learn about the incredible skills each predator uses for successful hunting and survival. Plus, how does
each fit into the world with humans.
Zoos: From Ancient to
Modern (grades 3-6)
This fun and educational program starts with a brief discussion of
the history of zoos, then looks at todayís modern zoos. Learn how the caretakers care for the
animals, how they keep the animals from getting bored, how they present food like in their
natural habitat, and what happens the animals get sick. Hear about the work zoos
do with breeding, increasing populations of endangered animals, and releasing them back into
the wild. Includes reading of Out and
about at the Zoo, as well as pictures, props, demonstrations, and questions to engage the children and test their
This fun and education program
introduces children to the ancient civilizations of Egypt and China. Learn how these societies developed and prospered for so long.
Includes fun facts about what life was like in ancient times, clothing, food, games and
entertainment, as well as some of the incredible technology and inventions. Includes
pictures, hands on items, and demonstrations. One hour program for about grades 3 and up
Countries of the World (Grades 2-6)
Learn about life around the world with this fun introduction to other
countries and cultures.
Discussions may include a variety of topics, including comparisons of different
features, climates, clothing, foods, wildlife, holidays, and music. How
many of these countries
can you locate on a world map? Learn to speak Urdu, Kinyarwanda, or
Gaelic. Program includes
pictures, hands on items and demonstration, as well as fun, cool
facts learned while researching the books. Program
can be tailored to your curriculum needs, as well as the age of the audience.
Are your children studying the founding and growth of America?
This educational, fun program
looks at a variety of our states and what makes them unique. We will
discuss and compare fun
facts about the states, such as distinctive geography, history, unique
animals, state symbols, and famous people from the state
Women in History Grades 3/4-8
Bring history to life for your children through the stories of outstanding
women who have helped shape America, including early settlers, stage coach drivers,
scientists, former slaves, suffragists, and business women. Designed to tie in with units on
biography and American history, this lively program includes discussion of the research
and writing process, pictures, readings, costumes and props for dramatic reenactments,
and time for questions.
Program can focus on individual states
Women in New Hampshire History
Women In Massachusetts History
Women in California History
Women in Texas History
Women in Connecticut History (coming soon)
Space Walks or Satellites
presented with smaller groups)
Children will learned about
how astronauts walk in space, while reading the book Space Walks together as a group and being introduced to nonfiction research in order
their own books on space walks. (Program can be adapted to Satellites if preferred)
Other Possible Programs might include a focus on
the following topics:
The New Hampshire Colony
The Massachusetts Bay Colony
The Rhode Island Colony
National Landmarks: Statue of Liberty
Sports: Extreme Rock Climbing
Extreme Mountain Biking
Small Group Programs:
Story Time (preschool-1st
Ideal for the
preschool/kindergarten classroom or library story hour. This lively program
includes a reading of It's
Time! and related activities, such as a retelling of the story using a
flannel board (sequencing) and related word games (rhyming words and beginning sounds).
We'll talk about what an
author does, and briefly explore the difference between fiction and
You Be the Illustrator (k-3rd grade)
This program is geared to individual class
groups. A great introduction to how books are made, from ideas to drafts and revisions, to
stages of artwork to the finished book. Includes a reading of All
Year Long, followed by a hands on craft activity designed to demonstrate how the
artwork was created by the illustrator.