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School Visits

Over the years, I have visited a number of schools and libraries in the Boston area to talk about the writing and illustrating process and how a book is made. I also offer workshops for kids on creating their own characters and stories.


A Night at the Zoo
In a slide presentation I will share the pictures and story of my new book, "A Night at the Zoo," as well as the creative process from the first glimmer of an idea to thumbnail sketches and rough dummies to final art and the finished book. This program is suitable for large groups and can be geared to children from kindergarten to grade three.

This program may also be geared to adults who are interested in children's literature, especially beginning readers and picture books. I will cover some history of beginning readers and talk about my experience writing and illustrating several different kinds of beginning readers as well as picture books including the creative process involved in working for publication.

Story Objects, the Story behind "The Purse" and other books
Pulling photos and objects from an oversize purse, I will explain how they relate to stories I wrote and illustrated. The presentation will include what inspired the story, as well as sketches, dummies, paint brushes, pens and discoveries I made along the way.
This is best suited for smaller groups.

Creative Journaling and Duck & Company
Using a slide show I will demonstrate how rough doodles and words from pages in my journal became part of "Duck & Company," and "Duck & Company Christmas."
The group will come away with tips on how creative journaling can become a springboard for writing and illustrating stories. Students will find more enjoyment in their own creative process.

The focus of this presentation is on doing words and pictures in sequence. Using samples from "Well Done, Worm!" and "Wow, It's Worm!" children will learn about the creative process involved. Then as a group we will create a new sequence. If time allows children can then work on individual characters and sequences of their own.

You may also request a presentation for any of my titles and I will try to adapt.

If you would like to book a visit and want to know about my rates and availability go to "Contact" in the menu bar above and send an e-mail.

I look forward to hearing from you.