A book for my (and my sister's) birthday

A book for my (and my sister's) birthday

When I visit your school, I will reinforce everything you're teaching, especially about practice, mistakes and revisions. Your kids will remember it, because they will see I was like them, and we will have fun. I have visited over 200 schools since 1998, and can speak respectfully and effectively with all ages of children.

What I Do

  • Grades K-12
  • Groups of 5-500
  • Programs tailored to each grade level
  • Fast, lively, humorous, and not boring
  • I speak with the students, rather than at them
  • 60-80 fascinating pictures, including childhood drawings, photos showing where I got my ideas, preliminary sketches, storyboards, rough drafts, and editors' corrections
  • I show kids how they are already authors and illustrators like me
  • Teaches practice, writing what you care about, planning, research, making mistakes, working with an editor (i.e. teacher), and step-by-step creating an illustration
  • If you wish, I can focus on writing and illustrating non-fiction, or on wetlands ecology, from my book Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival Story
 An early illustration

An early illustration

 3rd grade autobiography

3rd grade autobiography

 One of my first books

One of my first books

Scheduling

  • Date should be confirmed at least 3 months in advance (though I might be available at short notice)
  • 40-60 minutes per presentation, adaptable to your schedule
  • 20 minutes of read-aloud and informal discussion about writing and drawing for kindergarten and pre-K classes not grouped with older classes
  • Up to 4 presentations per day

What I Need From You

  • Table or cart for my laptop and projector (or I can use your AV equipment, if you prefer)
  • Two outlets or a power strip and extension cords necessary to safely reach the cart
  • Room that can be darkened enough to show slides
  • Screen or white wall on which to project the slides
  • Microphone, if the assemblies are large or the room is noisy
  • Sale of my books is typical, but not required. The school must organize the sale, but I provide help and order forms, and, of course, autographed books at an educational discount!
 Conducting research

Conducting research

 Pinch and Dash character sketches

Pinch and Dash character sketches

Honorarium

  • $1000 per day, including up to 4 presentations
  • $1250 beyond 80 miles of Hoboken, NJ
  • All expenses included, except airfare, if necessary

Questions and Invitations

To invite me to your school or ask me about my author visits, click here for my contact form.