Author Visits and Teacher Resources
Thank you for inviting me to your school!
In-Person presentations are usually 45-60 minutes long, including activities.
For PK-3, I will explain what authors and illustrators do and how they work together to create a book. I will then read a book, followed by your choice of activity. There will be time for questions and, of course, to share some stickers with the class. (If the students purchased books before the visit, I could sign their copies).
-I can give a quick lesson on drawing a character from the story. I will show how important it is for characters to show emotion and how easy it is to change their expressions.
-Make your own book cover! We will discuss the elements of a book cover, and the students can design their own cover for the story we read in class.
-Make a mask of the main character! (printable design, easy to color and cut)
-Popsicle stick puppets! (Printable characters, color cut, and glue or tape to popsicle sticks.
There are lesson and activity sheets
(look at the bottom of this page under teacher resources)
For older elementary school-age students, I can explain the physical characteristics of a book: The front cover, endpapers, the spine of the book, etc., and what it takes to write and illustrate a picture book.
We will discuss the plot elements that make up a picture book (or fiction short story) and can brainstorm with the class to develop a story and design the main character of the story we create. This activity can go well with a lesson plan on creative writing.
*Since I am also an illustrator, if you prefer to have an art lesson focused on picture books and some of the basics of drawing (composition and character design), I can accommodate those requests.