Children's Book Authors Available for Appearances
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Salima Alikhan, illustrator of Rocky Mountain Night Before Christmas and Lawyer's Week Before Christmas and author-illustrator of The Pied Piper of Austin, is a former art teacher with experience at several Montessori schools. She grew up listening to wild and imaginative fairy tales and has always been drawn to write and illustrate stories of her own. Now a full-time illustrator, she is happy that her job still allows her to visit schools and spend time teaching and learning about kids. Salima Alikhan’s presentations focus on the life and work of an illustrator and she is happy to modify her presentations for grades 1-12. Rates: : In TX, $300 for 3 morning presentations, $400 for all day (5 presentations max.), plus the cost of gas if over 50 miles round-trip; $500/day out-of-state, plus travel expenses. She currently lives in Austin, TX. For more information, visit http://www.salimaalikhan.net.
Stacy Demoran Allbritton, author of The Diary of Marie Landry, is a former French and English teacher at Salmen High School in Slidell, Louisiana, and the founder of the school’s French club, Le Cercle Français. She has programs on the writing process, the Acadians & Louisiana history, and the French Creoles & Louisiana history. Rates: $100/ presentation (for one or two), $350/ day (four presentations), plus mileage in northeastern Louisiana. $150/presentation or $450/day plus travel and accommodations elsewhere. The author divides her time between Monroe, LA, and Paris, France. For more information, visit http://sdallbritton.weebly.com/.
Nancy Kelly Allen, author of Daniel Boone: Trailblazer and "Happy Birthday": The Story of the World's Most Popular Song, is a former primary school librarian and an avid book lover. She offers two presentation options: Kiss Your Brain, a humorous, engaging program for primary students, and The Write Stuff, a full-of-fun program for older students. Both presentations are interactive and discuss the process of creating a book. Rates: $700 per day and school visits are all day. School visits are available in either the Lexington or Louisville area. Visit http://www.nancykellyallen.com for more information.
Rick Anderson, illustrator of Racecar Driver’s Night Before Christmas, feels right at home in the classroom after 25 years spent teaching art to thousands of children. He is available for elementary school programs about the life of an artist and his work creating picture books, middle and high school studio sessions, high school illustration workshops, and teacher professional development programs. Rick is included in both the Mississippi Artist Roster and the Art Education Roster and is a member of the International Reading Association. He lives in Clinton, MS. Rates: $500/half-day, $900-1000/full day, plus travel and accommodations. For more information, visit http://www.rickandersonart.com.
Dr. H. J. Arrington, author of The Heart of a Friendship (recipient of an Honors Award in the 1997 national Parenting Publications Award) and Friends Again?, , is an accomplished storyteller and dramatic reader. She is also the author of the 1995 Heath Literacy reading series and currently consults with schools and organizations, both privately and through the National Faculty. Dr. Arrington currently resides in Hampton, VA. Rates: $500.00/day plus expenses.
Lesley Pratt Bannatyne, author of Witches' Night Before Halloween, A Halloween Reader: Poems, Stories, and Plays from Halloweens Past, A Halloween How-To: Costumes, Parties, Decorations, and Destinations, and Halloween: An American Holiday, An American History, is a leading authority on Halloween and has worked for 30 years as a freelance writer. Her presentations include "What does an author do?" and "Halloween history & trends" and can be modified to fit any age group. Rates: $100/presentation, $250/day (3 presentations), plus expenses, in the greater Boston area; $150/presentation, $400/day (3 presentations), plus expenses, elsewhere. The author currently resides in Somerville, Massachusetts. Visit http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~bannatyn for more information.
Carol Benioff is a talented artist and a native of San Francisco. Benioff was awarded the Communication Arts Award in 1995 for Excellence in Illustration. Her vivid and colorful artwork brings life to Steven Layne’s Preacher’s Night Before Christmas, a heart-warming story of the true meaning of Christmas. She is happy to adjust her presentations to fit all grade levels (k-12). Carol Benioff loves to share the process of creating a story with pictures, and likes to discuss her own inspirations in the hopes of getting children to discover theirs. Rates: $200/half day, $500/full day, plus expenses.
Deborah Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and nutritionist as well as the author of Aunt Claire’s Yellow Beehive Hair, which has illustrations by Mary GrandPre, of Harry Potter fame. In her presentations, the author will discuss with students how she gets ideas, how she creates the characters and the plot, and how picture books have their own special language. She brings visuals to show how a picture book evolves from copy on paper to complete book. Blumenthal resides in New York City. For more information, visit http://www.deborahblumenthal.com. The author is available to visit state reading and library conferences as well as schools and hold readings and writing workshops. Fees and travel expenses should be arranged with the author.
Al Bohl, author of Guide to Cartooning and Guide to Cartooning: Teacher’s Guide, teaches cartooning classes through the Continuing Education Department of Louisiana State University, Shreveport. His numerous presentations instruct teachers as well as students and are held in classrooms as well as libraries. His programs illustrate various drawing techniques, discuss the history of cartooning, and answer questions about job and educational opportunities. His book has been adopted by the Arkansas and Oklahoma state Departments of education as a textbook for high-school-level art classes. Rates: $400-$500/day plus expenses. Mr. Bohl resides in Bossier City, LA.
Katy Bratun is an experienced author and the illustrator of 30 picture books, who has been visiting schools since 1993. She has also taught drawing and art classes at the Art Institute of Boston, Peabody Essex Museum, and Worcester Art Museum. Katy’s energetic school presentations are designed to show the magic that can happen when words and pictures paint a story. She has several programs to choose from and adapts them to grade level. Rates: $650/day for visits within driving distance; lodging and travel expenses are requested when necessary. Katy lives in Salem, MA. For more information, visit http://www.katybratun.com.
Elizabeth Brokamp grew up in her mother's independent bookstore, so she was born to love books! She’d be happy to bring her enthusiastic take on reading and writing to your classroom. The Picky Little Witch is her first picture book; she is also the author of the chapter book The Circle of Three. Rates: $100/half-day, plus expenses. Programs are adaptable for K-6. For more information, visit http://www.elizabethbrokamp.com. The author lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
A freelance editor and author, Tricia Brown has written twenty books for children and adults, including Alaskan Night Before Christmas and Musher’s Night Before Christmas. Tricia is happy to adapt her programs to fit almost any age group and loves encouraging students to write and/or illustrate their own stories. Presentation topics include The REAL North Pole, Growing Up in Alaska, How a Book is Born, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and Alaska’s Native peoples and their art. Though she now lives in Oregon, Tricia lived and worked in the Far North for more than two decades. An expert on Alaska history, Native cultures, and natural history, Tricia frequently travels to Alaska for research and speaking engagements. She makes school visits all over the country. Rates: $250/half-day; $500/full day, plus expenses. For more information, visit http://www.triciabrownbooks.com.
Dori Butler is the author of F is for Firefighting and P is for Police. This award-winning author always dreamed of becoming a writer, and she made her dream come true! She has written a dozen titles for children, and is happy to visit schools and share her love of reading and writing with students and teachers. Dori is available for both group presentations and small group writing workshops. Rates: $750/day (plus expenses) within 75 miles of Coralville, Iowa or $1000/day (plus expenses) for distances greater than 75 miles. She gives a maximum of 4 presentations per day. To learn more about Dori, visit her website at http://www.kidswriter.com.
Candace Camling, illustrator of The Twelve Days of Christmas—In Texas, That Is, teaches children’s classes at Des Moines Art Center. Presentations involve introducing herself, briefly explaining the work of an illustrator, and presenting her book. Students will then complete an art project, illustrating their own 12 Days of Christmas story. Presentations are flexible and can be tied to what students are currently working on in class. Rates: $150/half-day, plus expenses. The illustrator llives in Des Moines. For more information, visit www.candacecamling.com.
Mary Brooke Casad is the author of Bluebonnet at the Texas State Capitol, Bluebonnet at Johnson Space Center, Bluebonnet at Dinosaur Valley State Park, Bluebonnet at the East Texas Oil Museum, Bluebonnet at the State Fair of Texas, and Bluebonnet at the Marshall Train Depot. A native of Louisiana, she resides in Carrollton, Texas. Ms. Casad travels to schools and libraries explaining the ideas and processes used in writing a book. She uses a Bluebonnet puppet to help answer questions on armadillos and her books. Rates: $250/per talk with book sales, plus expenses.
Jean Cassels is an acclaimed illustrator and a teacher at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. Cassels has received such honors as the Golden Kite Award for Best Illustrated Children’s Book and the LSU Giverny Award, among others. Presentations focus on the life and work of an illustrator, emphasizing research and hard work. Rates: $300/presentation in the New Orleans area. For more information, visit http://jean-cassels.com/.
Melanie Chrismer, children’s author and active SCBWI, Women Writing the West, and Texas State Reading Association member, is the author of Phoebe Clappsaddle and the Tumbleweed Gang, Phoebe Clappsaddle for Sheriff and Phoebe Clappsaddle has a Tumbleweed Christmas. Chrismer writes for ages 4-14. She has been published in curricula and magazines, and her stories emphasize imagination. Presentations include "Tall-Tale Talk" (featuring the Phoebe Clappsaddle picture book series) and "Pull a Story Out of Thin Air" (creating a story). Rates: $475/half-day, $700/full-day in Texas; $750/day out of state. Melanie Chrismer lives in Houston, TX. Visit http://www.melaniechrismer.comfor more information.
Janet Clement and Albert Rodriguez are the writer-illustrator team behind Jewish Alphabet. Ms. Clement and Mr. Rodriguez have programs adaptable for Preschool-3rd grade as well as teacher workshops. They are happy to discuss how a book is created, lead holiday activities, or discuss a multi-cultural classroom environment with your teaching staff. They’ll happily tailor the program to meet your needs, and length will depend on the activities selected by the school. Rates are available upon request. Visit http://www.janet-and-al.com for more information. The author and the illustrator live in the Tampa, FL area.
Kathryn Cocquyt is the author of Little Freddie at the Kentucky Derby and Little Freddie’s Legacy. She has drawn on her experiences working at Santa Anita and Del Mar race tracks as a stable hand to create stories about making big dreams come true. In her presentation she uses the fictional horses in her books as well as real lives of great race horses to illustrate, “If you can dream it, you can do it. If you can imagine it, you can achieve it.” She also discusses the writing process and how either through words or deeds we write our unique story in the ledger of our daily lives. Rates are $250/half-day, plus expenses. This includes three (3) 45-minute presentations plus book signings. The author currently lives in Moorpark, CA.
Sheila Hébert-Collins, registered on the Louisiana State Artist Roster as an author and storyteller, is the author of Les Trois Cochons, Jolie Blonde and the Three Hébert: A Cajun Twist to an Old Tale, Cendrillon: A Cajun Cinderella, Petite Rouge: A Cajun Twist to an Old Tale, ‘T Pousette et ‘T Poulette: A Cajun Hansel and Gretel, Blanchette et les Sept Petits Cajuns: A Cajun Snow White,Jean Paul Hebert Was There, and her latest title, Jacques et la Canne a Sucré. In her presentations, she incorporates samples of children’s work, Cajun music, and a demonstration of the Cajun two-step. Sheila lives in Abbeville, LA. Rates: $300/half-day (2 programs) plus expenses.
Alice Wilbert Couvillon and Elizabeth Butler Moore, authors of Mimi’s First Mardi Gras, Mimi and Jean Paul’s Cajun Mardi Gras, Louisiana Indian Tales, and Evangeline for Children, are both native Louisianians who experienced the thrill of their own first Mardi Gras years ago and later relived that excitement through the eyes of their children. Their presentations will entertain as well educate child about the customs and culture of Louisiana. Rates are available upon request.
An elementary-school teacher since 1992, Laura Crawford is eager to visit schools to teach children about writing and inspire them to create their own alphabet books! Laura, author of The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving from A to Z and The American Revolution from A to Z, will speak to your students about the writing process and the life of an author. While discussing her writing and revision process, Laura emphasizes the message that the true path to success lies in perseverance. Rates: is $600/day (4 presentations) or $300/half-day (2 presentations) plus gas/mileage. Ms. Crawford lives in Geneva, Illinois.
Cecilia Casrill Dartez, author of the Jenny Giraffe Series, L is for Louisiana, The Louisiana Plantation Coloring Book, and A Marmac Guide to New Orleans, is a former elementary school teacher and a member of the prestigious international teachers’ organization, Delta Kappa Gamma. She is also the photographic illustrator for L Is For Louisiana. Ms. Dartez is listed on the Louisiana Artist Roster as a storyteller and author. Presentations are age and subject appropriate. Rates: $300/half–day and $600/whole day. Ms. Dartez resides in New Orleans, LA.
David Davis is an accomplished cartoonist, author, and presenter. He has authored many Pelican books: The Redneck Night Before Christmas, The Truckers’ Night Before Christmas, The Nurse’s Night Before Christmas, The Librarian’s Night Before Christmas, Ten Redneck Babies, Jazz Cats, Texas Zeke and the Longhorn, Rock 'N' Roll Dogs,Texas Mother Goose, and A Southern Child's Garden of Verses. Mr. Davis is available for two-for-one school visits and professional presentations, along with Pelican author Jan Peck. Their interactive, humorous presentations will get students fired up about reading and writing. Rates on request. Mr. Davis resides in Fort Worth, TX. Visit www.davidrdavis.com for more info.
Jan Day is the author of The Pirate, Pink, Pirate Pink and Treasures of the Reef, Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter, Kissimmee Pete and the Hurricane, and The World's Greatest Explorer. Ms. Day has a strong interest in literacy and she has participated in many children’s publishing panels. She has several school programs to choose from, and she presents on her own or in conjunction with her illustrator, Janeen Mason. Her programs cover the process of how a story becomes a finished picture book, geography lessons from her books, and brainstorming with students to produce a collaborative story in a fun island setting. She is sure to get your students excited about creating their own stories. Rates available on request. Ms. Day resides in Okeechobee, FL.
Dianne de Las Casas, author of The Cajun Cornbread Boy, Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach, and Mama's Bayou, is an award-winning storyteller who is listed on the Louisiana State Artists’ Roster, the The Louisiana Touring Artists’ Directory, and the Mississippi Arts Education Demonstration Roster. Through the use of character voices, animated facial expressions and gestures, Dianne creates a world of enchantment that mesmerizes her young audiences. Performances are enhanced with colorful backdrops and a professional sound system. Dianne's delightful programs are perfect for school, library, and family venues. Dianne has many programs available for PK-8th grade as well as educator workshops. Rates available upon request. For more information, visit http://www.storyconnecttion.net.
Gene Del Vecchio has put his kid-marketing savvy into practice with his two novels for young adults entitled The Pearl of Anton and The Sword of Anton. Throughout his career, Del Vecchio has conducted hundreds of studies with children and has developed ideas for toys, food, cartoons, promotions, and screenplays. An award-winning competitor in the field of advertising, he has made great strides in his field and is embarking on this new adventure in YA fiction. Mr. Del Vecchio is available for your classroom enrichment. Rates available upon request. He has presentations on both his business and fiction books. He currently resides in Valencia, CA.
Jana Dillon, author and illustrator of Upsie Downsie, Are You Asleep?, Lucky O’Leprechaun, Lucky O’Leprechaun Comes to America,and Lucky O’Leprechaun in School as well as illustrator of Wanda Dionne’s Little Thumb, is back in New England, where she is one of the most requested and respected children’s book creators. Her popular school program is inspirational and motivational. Jana, a former teacher, explains how a book is created from brainstorming to finished product and shows children how to improve their own writing. Her rates for "Children as Authors" presentations are $650 for a full day (up to 6 presentations), $400 for a half day (1-3 presentations). The Writer's Workshop fee is $500. The author lives in Danvers, MA. For more information, visit http://www.janadillon.com.
Wanda Dionne is an award-winning author who has written professionally for newspapers and magazines for many years. Ms. Dionne lives in Texas and has written several books for middle readers. This is her first picture book. Little Thumb is the story of the adventures of a little thumb that enters a dark, damp mouth of a child. Fees for school presentations are $100-$200/half-day and $250-$300/full day. Presentations are appropriate for grades pre-K-1.
Johnette Downing is a multi-award-winning singer/songwriter and author who performs original children’s music inspired by her Louisiana heritage. Let her help you bring some excitement into the classroom with her enthralling programs! Johnette’s programs are adaptable for Pre-k-3rd grade. She’ll show your students that “reading rocks!” Johnette is also available for educator workshops. Rates available upon request. For more information, visit http://www.johnettedowning.com. Johnette lives in New Orleans, LA.
Marc Dunston is the author of The Magic of Giving and host of The Magic Marc Show, a television program that teaches children manners, giving, kindness, and goodness. Marc’s interactive presentations combine magic and education. Featuring live animals, great illusions, music, and comedy, there’s something to amuse and mystify everyone! Each presentation has a theme worked in, so students are learning as they watch. Themes include showing respect, studying for tests, following directions, dealing with bullying, being generous, and more. Let Marc know what topic is best for your students. Rates: $1200-1400 per presentation, plus travel expenses. Magic Marc currently lives in Hardeeville, SC. For more information, visit www.magication.com.
Dotti Enderle, author of the hilarious tales The Fat Stock Stampede at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, The Cotton Candy Catastrophe at the Texas State Fair, Granny Gert and the Bunion Brothers, and Gingerbread Man Superhero!, and the chapter book Hidden, has a selection of programs to choose from, catering to every age group. As a professional storyteller, Dotti has entertained at numerous schools, libraries, museums and festivals since 1993. She’ll spin interactive stories, discuss the ups and downs of being an author, or share some secrets of storytelling. Dotti is the ideal author to have during the Texas State Fair, or any time of the year. Rates: available upon request. For more information on Dotti, visit http://www.dottienderle.com.
Wesley Eure, co-creator of television's Dragon Tales and author of The Red Wings of Christmas and A Fish out of Water, is available for school and library visits! The author will lead a group of students in writing a book together, out loud, and illustrating it. This interactive event empowers students to write their own books and to embrace the joy of writing, drawing, and the art of oral storytelling. Rates available upon request, and vary based on the number of presentations and the distance from the author’s home in Palm Springs, California. The author will do up to 5 presentations in a day.
Freddi Williams Evans is the author of The Battle of New Orleans: The Drummer’s Story. Her desire to write grew out of an urge to share family stories as well as the untold and "under-told" stories of other African Americans. Ms. Evans’s presentation will help history come alive for your students and will illustrate the role of a drummer in the Battle of New Orleans. As an artist, therapist, educator, and administrator, Mrs. Evans has worked with children of all ages and exceptionalities in various public and private settings, and is well equipped to give an enthralling and educational presentation. Rates: available upon request. Freddi Evans is a native of New Orleans, LA.
Stephanie Ford is an illustrator, educator, and Civil War enthusiast, who has been a regular participant in reenactments since she was in high school. Ford gives presentations to reenactors and historical societies on a number of subjects, including sharpshooters, women’s roles in the war, dress in the nineteenth century, and frontier life in Texas. She also gives art presentations and workshops to artists’ guilds and schools as well as teaching high school art and English in Texas. Rates: $300/day, plus expenses. The illustrator lives in Barry, TX. For more information, visit http://www.stephaniehford.com/.
Chester Freeman is one of this country’s premier teddy-bear makers. His work has been featured on the covers of Teddy Bear Review and Teddy Artists. Other prestigious magazines, including Teddy Bear and Friends and Country Living, have singled out his artistry on their pages. Mr. Freeman gives presentations and writing workshops in schools, promoting his book, Runaway Bear. He has several programs to choose from, for both children and adults. Rates: $250/single lecture, $300/half-day, $400/full day, plus expenses. Mr. Freeman lives in Geneva, NY, but also travels to North Carolina several times a year.
Chuck Galey is the owner of Chuck Galey Illustration. He contributes to magazines, corporations, and advertising clients nationwide and has illustrated more than 30 books, including SantaSaurus by Delano Holmquist, My Brother Dan’s Delicious by Steven L. Layne, The Cotton Candy Catastrophe at the Texas State Fair and The Fat Stock Stampede at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo by Dotti Enderle, Jay and the Bounty of Books by Randall Ivey, and Jazz Cats and Rock 'n' Roll Dogs by David Davis. Mr. Galey is well-known in schools and libraries across the state of Mississippi and throughout the nation for his lively and fun-filled presentations for children. Rates: $750 per day plus expenses. Mr. Galey resides in Jackson, MS. Visit www.chuckgaley.com for more info.
Sherry Garland, the nationally award-winning author of more than 25 books, including Voices of the Alamo, Best Horse on the Force, The Buffalo Soldier, and Voices of Gettysburg, is a writer with impressive credentials – ALA Notable, Texas Bluebonnet List, Reading Rainbow, Texas Lone Star List, and BBYA all agree that her work is excellent fare for young minds. Ms. Garland writes about many topics, from Vietnam to Texas history. She offers several school presentations: the making of a children’s book, Texas history, the writing life, Vietnam, and writing workshops. For a list of current fees and other details, please visit: www.sherrygarland.com.
Marita Gentry, illustrator of The Cajun Cornbread Boy and Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach, is a professional painter and teacher whose love for color shines through in her work. She regularly gives presentations, demonstrations, workshops, and seminars to groups of all ages. Marita is available for illustrator visits for schools and libraries, artist-in-resident programs for schools, and educator workshops. Rates: Illustrator visits: $250/ half-day (up to three 30-minute presentations). Travel expenses are additional. Educator workshops: Fees for an in-service of up to three hours are $500 plus all supplies. Artist-in-Resident programs: $40/hour. Travel expenses are additional. These programs generally last 3-9 weeks. For more information, visit http://www.studiomarita.com.
Carole Gerber is listed with the Greater Columbus Arts Council as an artist in the schools. She has written over 100 elementary reading and science texts and over 15 children’s books, including Annie Jump Cannon, Astronomer. Carole is very flexible in her presentations, which can include sharing her books and answering questions, explaining how a picture book is made, a funny and enlightening slide show about the creative process, and more. Rates: $750/day (up to 5 presentations). For more information, visit http://www.carolegerber.com.
Jacqueline Dembar Greene, author of Nathan’s Hanukkah Bargain, has visited schools, libraries, book fairs, parent-child book groups, and professional conferences throughout the United States and Canada. She speaks to student audiences from kindergarten through eighth grade and presents programs and workshops to college classes and adult groups. Each program is specifically designed for the interests and ages of the audience, and no two programs are alike. Rates are available upon request. The author lives in Wayland, MA. For more information, visit http://www.jdgbooks.com.
Joe Gribnau, author of Rocky Mountain Night Before Christmas and Kick the Cowboy, has been teaching writing to elementary students for over 20 years. Let him bring his enthusiasm and passion to your classroom! Joe wants students to know they are writers and that anyone can write. Using PowerPoint and his teaching experience, the author gives a humorous, fun presentation that can be adapted for grades K-8. A native of Montana, Joe now lives in Walla Walla, WA. Rates: $300/half-day, $550/full day, plus expenses. For more information, visit www.joegribnau.com .
Jay Hadley worked as a locomotive engineer for the Union Pacific railroad for over 30 years. It was during this time that he met Justin Wilson, a well-known Louisiana chef. Between the two of them, they created Justin Wilson's Cajun Fables. In addition to talking about his times with Justin, Jay enjoys discussing how a book can be written and published. Jay remembers many days of helping Justin cook for ex-governor Jimmy Davis, Ronnie Cole, and many other celebrities. Jay promises that a good time will be had by all that attend his presentations. As Justin Wilson used to say, "I garontee!" Jay Hadley, a resident of Baton Rouge, is available for half day and full day visits. His rates are $250 for a half day and $395 (plus mileage) for a full day.
Patty Hall is the author of several titles including The Real-For-Sure Story of Raggedy Ann and The Honest-To-Goodness Story of Raggedy Andy. Drawing upon her background as a folklorist, writer, and musician, Patty has created a roster of unique presentations on a variety of subjects--all areas in which she is well-versed and well-known. Each combines structured presentation with informal interchange and is infused with Patty’s special enthusiasm for her subject. On topics ranging from music to books to education, Patty’s programs foster learning, spark creativity, and inspire participation.
Rates: $300/single program, $500/full day (2 programs). Patty Hall lives in San Diego, CA.
Lois Harris, author of Mary Cassatt: Impressionist Painter, the award-winning Charlie Russell: Tale-Telling Cowboy Artist, and Maxfield Parrish: Painter of Magical Make-Believe is an experienced speaker and writer. She earned a B.A. in English and Creative Writing and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and The Authors Guild. Lois enjoys doing school and library visits to encourage children to read and write and to follow their dreams. Through her inspiring interactive presentations, students learn about art, history, and writing. She tailors her presentation to suit the audience and if desired, a reading and colorful PowerPoint show of art images and historical photos may be included. Rates: $300/day (3 presentations), plus expenses. For more information, visit http://www.loisharris.net.
Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly are the authors of Black Knights: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen (adult), The Tuskegee Airmen Story (ages 5-8), Tuskegee Airmen: American Heroes (middle reader), and Girls Fly!, an informative and inspirational picture book for ages 5-9 about some of the most famous women in aviation history. Their newest title, Women Who Fly!, is a young reader title for ages 8-12. Ms. Homan and Mr. Reilly have traveled the United States giving presentations about aviation history. They would like to bring their experience to the classroom to help students understand this interesting part of history. Their format is flexible and can be adjusted to the particular needs of the classroom. Rates: $400/half-day; $600/full day plus expenses. The authors reside in St. Petersburg, FL.
Cathren Housley, illustrator of The Christmas Cats, is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in children’s book illustration. She is also listed on the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts’ education roster, and she is certified by the council to create and run educational art programs in the public schools. Cathren Housley is available for picture book workshops for all grade levels. Rates: $150/presentation, plus expenses. She lives in East Providence, Rhode Island. For more information, visit www.cathrenhousley.com.
Danlyn Iantorno, illustrator of Books for Children of the World: The Jella Lepman Story, is an artist with over 25 years of professional experience. Her background includes 15 years of teaching to varied audiences. Fast-paced presentations offer a behind-the-scenes look at how a book is illustrated, through a multi-media show and question/answer session. Danlyn resides in Denver, Colorado and is happy to travel as requested. Rates: $300/half day (4 hours); $600/full day (9 hours) or $80 per 40-min school visit and $100 per 60-min school visit. Professional workshops are $125/hour. Travel expenses apply outside of the Denver area. Discounts may be available. Visit http://www.danlyn.info for complete details.
Randall Ivey, author of Jay and the Bounty of Books, is a professor of composition, literature, and English at the University of South Carolina in Union. His love of teaching has earned him the Distinguished Teacher of the Year award three times. Randall loves to visit schools and libraries to help children learn the magic of reading—just as Jay does in Jay and the Bounty of Books. Randall’s presentations include a reading of Jay and the Bounty of Books and discussion of the writing process. All presentations will be followed by a book signing. Rates: $500/full day, $250/ half day, plus expenses
Layne Johnson’s fun ideas and high-energy approach make him a perfect choice for any school looking for an educational and entertaining speaker who will make a difference in their students’ creativity. Layne is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including The Declaration of Independence from A to Z. He has four great programs to choose from, which are adaptable for elementary and middle school students. Rates: $1,000 per day (3-4 sessions), $250 for evening sessions, plus reasonable travel and lodging expenses. If 3 or more days booked in the same area, lodging expenses waived. For more information, visit www.laynejohnson.com. Layne Johnson lives in Houston, TX.
Deborah Ousley Kadair is the illustrator of 4 books by author Johnette Downing, including Today is Monday in Texas and the author and illustrator of There Was an Ol’ Cajun, Grandma’s Gumbo, and her latest, I Spy in the Texas Sky. Trained in the Montessori teaching method, Mrs. Kadair conducts storytelling and illustrating workshops for children. She is happy to tailor her programs to meet your needs. Rates: $500/visit, plus expenses. Ms. Kadair now lives near Austin, TX, but often travels back to her home state of Louisiana.
Doug Kennedy, illustrator of Six Foolish Fishermen, has received numerous awards for his artwork. In his presentations, he will take students through the process of illustrating a picture book from the original sketches to layout and the finished book. Rates: $500/half-day; $800/ full day, plus expenses. Doug lives in Monroe, Louisiana. For more information, visit www.dougkennedy.net/illustrator.
Harry Knights is the award-winning author of The Boy With a Wish, The First Flight of Saint Nicholas, The Maiden Voyage of Kris Kringle and Luigi and the Lost Wish. Breathtaking in their color and detail, each book offers an answer to the mysteries of Saint Nicholas and Christmas. Harry Knights is available for school appearances. His fees are $500/full day and $250/half-day, plus expenses. Mr. Knights resides in Hendersonville, TN.
Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton, a former teacher and author of Nana’s Rice Pie, Why Cowboys Sleep With Their Boots On, Why Cowboys Need a Brand, Why Cowboys Need a Pardner, Why Cowgirls Are Such Sweet Talkers and Red, White, and Blue, has traveled all over the United States humoring children with stories and antics she used to get out of reading as a child. Since Ms. Knowlton had difficulty reading and learning in school, she offers students her enthusiasm and encouragement through interactive, age-appropriate programs. Rates: $850/day plus expenses. Ms. Knowlton resides in Medina, OH. Visit www.laurieknowlton.com for more information.
Virginia Kroll, author of The Thanksgiving Bowl, is an experienced presenter and a prolific writer, with a long list of awards to her name, including the 1998 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award, the Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year in 2004, and the IRA/CBC 2004 Children’s Choice Award. Let Virginia know what kind of presentation will work for you and your students! She is very flexible and presents on a wide range of topics to all age groups. Rates: $1000/day, $500/half-day, plus expenses. Ms. Kroll lives in Hamburg, NY.>
Joe Kulka is an award-winning author/illustrator. His latest book is The Rope, and he has also illustrated Granny Gert and the Bunion Brothers and Gingerbread Man Superhero!, by Pelican author Dotti Enderle. Mr. Kulka presents an interactive slide show demonstrating the process he goes through to create his illustrations. His program also discusses aspects of writing, and how drawing and writing go together to create a complete story. Students will jump into Mr. Kulka’s “studio” as he demonstrates the stages of an illustration, from sketches to the final art, and shows students how long the process can take. Rates: $375/half-day (up to 2 presentations), $600/full day (up to 3 presentations), plus expenses. Mr. Kulka lives in Quakertown, PA. For more information, visit http://www.joekulka.com.
Alison Hoffman Lane, author of Uncle Arnel and the Swamp Witch, is available for school and library visits. Mrs. Lane loves to share her Cajun stories and creative process with children. Through a PowerPoint presentation, Alison will introduce students to the “swamp critters” featured in her book. Students will learn fun facts about these native species, and the author will discuss her inspiration for the story. Presentations last 30-45 minutes and are best suited for grades K-5. Rates: $150/ half-day, plus any travel expenses. The author lives in New Orleans, LA. For more information, visit http://www.unclearnel.com.
Kathryn Lay, author of Josh’s Halloween Pumpkin, loves doing school visits to talk to students about writing. She will talk with students about how she went from a 3rd grade future-author to a published author of 5 books and hundreds of magazine pieces. Through a PowerPoint or overhead presentation, students will see and learn about real giant pumpkins, how Kathryn grew her writing dream since the 3rd grade, and the process of ideas, writing, and publishing children's books. Rates: $200/single program; $350/half-day (2 programs); $500/full day (3 programs). For schools more than 75 miles from Fort Worth, TX, additional expenses (travel, lodging, meals) will apply. Out-of-state visits: $700/day, plus expenses. Kathryn Lay lives in Arlington, TX. For more information, visit http://www.kathrynlay.com."
Dr. Steven Layne is an acclaimed writer and speaker and the author of 12 books for Pelican Publishing Company. His eight picture books include two Thomas’s Sheep books, three Night Before Christmas books, and more. This Side of Paradise, Dr. Layne’s first young adult tale, won the Hal Clement Award for outstanding YA science fiction in 2001 and his picture book My Brother Dan’s Delicious, illustrated by Chuck Galey, was a 2004 Children’s Choices Book. Dr. Layne is also the author of two works of poetry, Verses for Dad’s Heart and Verses for Mom’s Heart. Rates: $1,500-$2,200 plus expenses. Visit http://www.stevelayne.comfor more information. Dr. Layne travels nationally and internationally for school visits and conference appearances.
Illustrator Betsy LePlatt is very grateful to be able to use her creativity to make a living, and would be delighted to come to your school. Betsy will present to students the life of an illustrator, including how she got started in the industry, showing some of her early work, and discussing the illustration process and how the illustrator can add to the story of a picture book. She will also read Mosquito and present some fun mosquito facts. Betsy is also available for workshops in which students can create their own storybooks. Rates: $150/half-day; $300/full day, plus expenses. The illustrator lives in Chanhassen, MN. For more information, visit http://www.betsyleplatt.com.
Linda Little Wolf is a Native American storyteller, author, and horsewoman. Since 1989, she has traveled across the United States, and to many foreign countries, teaching people of all ages about the culture of the Plains Indians. During her presentations, she recounts ancient Lakota legends, exhibits authentic costumes and artifacts, and demonstrates traditional riding techniques. A resident of Ocala, Florida, she is the author of Visions of the Buffalo People and Great Spirit Horse. Rates available upon request.
Doreen Lorenzetti, illustrator of Cathy Williams, Buffalo Soldier, lives in Hillsborough, New Jersey, and works with teens as an art therapist. Lorenzetti is happy to speak at schools about the profession of an artist or the development of a picture book. She can be flexible with the length and content of her presentations; please let her know what will work best for your students. Doreen Lorenzetti has programs for K-12. She prefers groups of 50 students or less, but is able to present to larger groups, if need be. Presentations usually last 45-60 minutes, but she can tailor the length to your schedule. Honorarium: $300-$500/day, plus travel expenses.
Carolyn Macy, author/illustrator of Hawaiian Night Before Christmas, is a retired educator who taught elementary grades, science, art, and gifted classes in Oklahoma for over 30 years. By the time her children had completed high school, the family had visited all fifty states. The last one they visited was Hawaii, and they so enjoyed it that Carolyn and her husband now spend half the year in Norman, OK, and the other half of the year in Honolulu, HI. Carolyn Macy is happy to tailor a presentation to meet the needs of your students. The book can be tied to lessons in Social Studies, Science, Art, or other subjects. Let her know what will work best for your school! Rates: negotiable with the author.
Janeen Mason is a colorful author/illustrator who received the U.S. Maritime Literature Award for her book Ocean Commotion: Sea Turtles. She has also illustrated five lively stories written by Jan Day. Mason serves as a member on the Florida Arts Council, works as the Illustrator Coordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Florida and co-hosts a live radio program on the arts. She is a popular speaker at schools, libraries and conferences. An exhibit of Janeen Mason’s original children’s picture book illustrations is scheduled to open at the Miami Children’s Museum in the Spring of 2009. Ms. Mason resides in Stuart, Florida. Fees: $700 per day plus expenses. Visit http://www.janeenmason.com for more information.
Denise Walter McConduit, author of D.J. and the Jazz Fest, D.J. and the Zulu Parade and D.J. and the Debutante Ball, has always written to preserve the memories of events in her family’s life. In her fun-filled presentations, she displays cultural artifacts from both the Zulu parade and the Jazz Fest. In her latest book, D.J. and the Debutante Ball, D.J. learns all about manners in preparation for his sister's debutante ball. Mrs. McConduit’s program is very flexible and includes discussions on becoming a children’s book author, how a book is made, discussions about etiquette, and a reading of a story. Rates: $400/half day, $700/full day, plus any travel expenses.
Tom McDermott, author of The Ghouls Come Haunting One by One, is a popular storyteller, singer, and speaker who performs at schools and in festivals across the country and abroad. Tom has a variety of programs available, including “No Such Thing As Ghosts,” “A Time to Listen, A Time to Tell,” “The Luck of the Irish,” “The Silent Drum-Stories and Musical Instruments,” and “Voices on the Wind.” Rates: $750/full day (4 presentations), $500/half-day (2 presentations). Expenses such as mileage, airfare, lodging, and meals are additional outside of a 75-mile radius of Fort Worth, TX. For more information, visit http://www.tommcdermott.com.
Liz McGrath is the illustrator of The Ghouls Come Haunting One by One. She is happy to tailor a program to meet your needs. Liz McGrath prefers to work with smaller groups so she can incorporate a hands-on art activity that builds on the counting in the book and geometry (shapes) used to create the illustrations. Presentation length varies by grade level. McGrath lives with her husband and daughters in Providence, RI. For more information, visit http://www.lizmcgrathillustrations.com.
Connie McLennan is the illustrator of 8 picture books, including Scottish Alphabet, and a member of the Northern California chapter of SCBWI. Connie presents at schools and libraries about creating children’s books and how illustrations can help a story come to life. She’d be happy to work with you to determine what kind of presentation will work best for your students. Rates: 200/half-day; $350/ full day, plus expenses. Connie lives in Rocklin, CA. For more information, visit http://www.conniemclennan.com.
Margaret McManis, author of The Wild Texas Stampede!, has had 28 years’ experience in school libraries in and around the Houston area. She is happy to present to grades K-5 in small groups or large (up to 150 students). She has several programs to choose from, including “Ima Gonna Win This Race!,” “Was There a Real Ima Hogg?,” and “Ima Hogg Tea Party.” Students will learn about the real Ima Hogg as well as fun facts about some of the animals in the book. Rates: $200/presentation, plus expenses. Margaret McManis lives in Conroe, TX.
Joe Novara, a Michigan resident, is the author of Wa-Tonka! Camp Cowboys. Mr. Novara enjoys visiting schools, libraries and workshops where he can share his excitement about writing for young adults and his other favorite – writing humor. He’s learned, over years of training and teaching experience, to adapt to the needs of his audience. Let him know how to best serve your class or group! Rates: available upon request. Visit http://www.novaraenterprises.com/ for more info.
Erin Osborne, author of Spy Recruit, will speak from her experience as a young writer, teaching how the publication process works, how to weave a plot that will keep the reader guessing, and how to create a character that readers will relate to. Erin will lead students in exercises to create their own quirky characters and unpredictable plots. Erin loves to inspire students to dream big and reach their goals, no matter how many obstacles stand in the way. Presentations can be adapted for 3rd-8th grades. Rates are negotiable with the author, depending upon the number of presentations and the distance from her home in Lafayette, LA. For more information, visit http://spyrecruit.books.officelive.com.
Linda L. Osmundson, author of How the West Was Drawn, is a prolific writer. She has also taught on the elementary level and served as a docent in four major art museums. Linda has a number of classroom presentations for grades K-12, including one on artist Charles M. Russell and programs on art appreciation. Osmundson lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. Rates: $400 a day (4 presentations), plus travel and accommodation expenses. For more information, visit http://www.lindaosmundson.com.
Catherine Osornio, author of The Declaration of Independence from A to Z, is passionate about children’s education. She homeschooled her own children for several years and assisted in developing a reading program for Downey Child Care Center. She writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults, and she is a locally published cartoonist. Catherine would love to come to your school to talk to your students about the history behind her book or about writing and how it can become a successful career. Rates: $300/half-day (up to 3 presentations), plus expenses. The author lives in Ontario, California. For more information, visit catherineosornio.com.
Ann Parr is the author of Gordon Parks: No Excuses, an illustrated biography of the famous African-American photographer. Ms. Parr is happy to share with your students the story of Gordon Parks and how she became interested in his life. She will also incite a lively discussion of how stories involve solving problems and what it means to live with "no excuses." Her presentation includes much student involvement. Rates are available upon request. Ms. Parr resides in Lindsborg, KS.
Sydelle Pearl, author of the original collection Elijah’s Tears: Stories for the Jewish Holidays and Books for Children of the World: The Story of Jella Lepman, is also a professional storyteller and songwriter. In the classroom, Ms. Pearl will engage students by telling stories from her book as well as traditional Elijah tales and stories from other cultures featuring acts of kindness. She will also engage audiences in creative writing exercises and discuss her journey to publication. Rates are negotiable. Ms. Pearl resides in Pittsburgh, PA. For more information, visit www.storypearls.com.
Jan Peck, author of Pirate Treasure Hunt! and Way Out West on My Little Pony, is available fro two-for-one author visits with fellow Pelican author David Davis. They present a program to reach every student. "Our goal is to put on the most entertaining, inspiring, motivating school program you've ever had!" Both authors are members of SCBWI and have presented at many schools, libraries, and conferences throughout Texas and beyond. All programs are interactive, flexible, and tailored to the specified age groups. Rates available upon request. Visit www.janpeck.com for more information.
Neila Skinner Petrick is the author of Jane Long of Texas, Jane Wilkinson Long: Texas Pioneer, and Katherine Stinson Otero: High Flyer. Through the use of old-fashioned storytelling, Neila Petrick creates a memorable experience for youngsters in grades K-6. Set in the early 1800’s, this factual presentation tells of the early days of Texas where Jane Long was a mother, adventurer, "civilizer," and rebel. Rates: $200 plus expenses in Austin or Dallas metro area. Rates for other areas available upon request.
Virginia Pilegard is the author of The Warlord’s Series of books, including The Warlord’s Puzzle, The Warlord’s Beads, The Warlord’s Fish, The Warlord’s Puppeteers, The Warlord’s Kites , The Warlord’s Messengers, and The Warlord's Alarm, and The Emperor's Army. Each story, set in ancient China, explores math concepts through storytelling in a refreshing, instructional manner. Virginia Pilegard’s school presentations explore the Tang Dynasty culture of China as well as research techniques and the creative process. For smaller groups, she will also lead students in a craft inspired from one of her stories. Rates: $500/half-day and $600/full day plus expenses.
Rickey Pittman, author of Scottish Alphabet Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House, Stories of the Confederate South, and Stonewall Jackson's Black Sunday School, is an experienced writer, teacher, and presenter. In addition to teaching gifted English at the high-school level, he has 11 years’ experience teaching freshman composition at universities. His presentations will help teachers and students tap into their creative talent, revitalize interest in reading, and make history come alive. Rickey has many programs to choose from, including The Scots and Irish in America, The Jim Limber Story, creative writing workshops, and more. Rates: $300/day. Fees include travel expenses. Outside of Louisiana, W. Mississippi, S. Arkansas, and E. Texas: fee is $500/day. Lodging is negotiable. A plane ticket may be required for distant locations. For more information on the author and his writings, visit http://www.rickeypittman.com.
Anita Prieto is an experienced teacher and school administrator as well as a successful author. Dr. Prieto worked in the Orleans Parish Public School System for over 30 years, so she is very experienced in working with children and capturing their attention. Her latest book, Timothy Hubble and the King Cake Party, helps explain the much-loved tradition of king cake parties during the Mardi Gras season. Dr. Prieto would love to come to your school to talk to your students and get them excited about reading & writing. Rates: $200/half-day, plus expenses.
Gloria Teles Pushker, author of Toby Belfer Never Had a Christmas Tree, Toby Belfer’s Seder: A Passover Story Retold, A Belfer Bar Mitzvah, Toby Belfer and the High Holy Days, Toby Belfer Visits Ellis Island,and Toby Belfer Learns about Heroes and Martyrs knows what it is like to be the only Jewish child in town. She now teaches children’s literature at Xavier University. Her presentations teach tolerance and harmony as well as facts and history about Jewish life. Rates: $200/half-day, $275/whole day plus expenses.
Illustrator Marsha Riti will captivate your students with a behind-the-scenes presentation of illustrating a picture book. After a reading of The Picky Little Witch, Marsha will give a short, motivating talk about how working hard on the things you love doing will lead to success. A fun wrap-up has all the students participating in an exciting drawing-based activity. Marsha Riti lives in Austin, TX. Rates: $300/half-day or $500/full day, plus expenses. For more information, visit www.marshariti.com.
John Rose, author of Fun With Pup! Activity Book, More Fun With Pup, and Christmas Fun With Pup, is the staff cartoonist for Byrd Newspapers of Virginia, based at the Daily News-Record in Harrisonberg, VA. Recently he has accepted the position as cartoonist for Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strip. He also creates the nationally syndicated children’s cartoon/activity page, "Kids Home Newspaper," starring the fun-loving Pup. His presentations include word games, math games, and, of course, Pup. Rates: $200-$250/day plus expenses.
Robert San Souci is the author of over 100 books, including Six Foolish Fishermen. His presentations give a lively look at his journey from aspiring writer to award-winning author, covering research and the writing process, working with illustrators, and how stories from around the world affirm the richness of individual cultures while revealing common threads that link us all. Rates: $1000-1500/day (three presentations). For travel requiring an overnight stay, additional expenses will include air, train, bus fares where required, lodging, and meals. San Souci lives in San Francisco. For more information, visit www.rsansouci.com.
Cherie Schadler is the author of Welcome to Bayou Town! and When the Rain Came Down in Bayou Town. Mrs. Schadler will be happy to do a reading of one of her books while Mr. Boudreaux and Alfons the pet alligator (her puppet friends) help bring the story to life. She is also happy to host a Q & A session with the students so they can learn more about the writing process and how a professional author researches and develops a written work. End the day with an autographing session and a chance for students to meet the author. Rates: $400/day. This includes two performances and two half-hour visits with students during the day in the same location. (One school per day.) Mrs. Schadler lives in Kiln, MS.
Barbara Sillery, author of The Haunting of Louisiana, is an experienced presenter and twenty-year veteran of the film industry. She is available for school presentations for junior high school and above on the following topics: The Art of Storytelling, Ghostly Encounters, Folklore and Fakelore, Research: the Hunt for Hidden Treasures, Writing for Television vs. Writing for Print, and more! Rates: $150 per forty-minute class presentation. Discounts may be available for multiple presentations at the same school on the same day. Barbara Sillery lives in New Orleans, LA.
Award-winning author Lynn Sheffield Simmons is one of our many Texas authors. Mrs. Simmons lives in Argyle, TX, where she is very active in literacy initiatives and education. She and her husband have coordinated the North Texas Book Festival for many years. Her titles include Sugar Lump the Orphan Calf, Bo the Famous Retriever, Bo and the Night Intruder, Bo and the Missing Dogs, and Jack Crow Said Hello. Mrs. Simmons is available for classroom visits. Her fee is $300 for 2-3 presentations a day plus expenses.
J. Jaye Smith, author of Batty About Texas, loves to share bat facts and information on writing with young Texans in programs at local schools and libraries. As a former educator and mother of three, J. Jaye Smith feels very much at home in the company of children. Presentations are best suited for grades K-5, and topics include discussions about reading and writing, discovering one’s inner creativity, conservation, native wildlife, and following one’s dreams. Rates: $125/presentation in the Austin area. Rates for other areas available upon request. For more information, visit www.jjayesmith.com.
Debra West Smith is the author of the Hattie Marshall series and Yankees on the Doorstep: The Story of Sarah Morgan. Ms. Smith has a variety of programs to offer to schools. For younger children, she offers presentations on writing and preserving family stories. For older students and adults, she has presentations on the diaries of Sarah Morgan, Civil War, the New Orleans hurricane of 1893, and getting your books published. Rates: $150/half-day, $300/full day plus expenses.Visit http://www.debrawestsmith.com/ for more information. The author currently lives in Tennessee.
Sharon Solomon, author of Cathy Williams: Buffalo Soldier, is a retired elementary reading specialist with more than thirty-five years of educational experience. She has multiple writing workshops for grades 3-6, including Nonfiction Writing, Fiction Vs. Nonfiction, and Different Points of View. Rates: $500/day, plus expenses. The author lives in Lansdowne, Virginia. For more information, visit http://www.sharonsbooks.net.
Rose Anne St. Romain, author of Moon's Cloud Blanket, has been a professional storyteller since 1982. Her many professional performances include appearances at the first annual Louisiana Book Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the International Reading Association Conference, and Jimmy Buffet’s Internet radio program, The Stories We Could Tell. Rates for school presentations are available upon request. Ms. St. Romain resides in Mansura, LA. For more information, visit www.storydust.com.
A Texas resident for nearly 30 years, Alan Stacy is the illustrator of Texas Zeke and the Longhorn, Pennsylvania Dutch Alphabet, and Alaskan Night Before Christmas as well as a cartoonist, teacher, and sculptor, and has worked in television, theater and films as an artist and designer. Alan would be happy to share with your students his work illustrating books and his exciting career as an artist. Students will learn how pictures and art tell a story, how a picture book is illustrated and how it gets to the bookstore or library, and more! Rates: $1000/day, plus expenses. (Up to 4 schools per day within same city/school district area (schools not more than 10-15 miles apart).)
Joyce A. Stengel is an award-winning author of several books, including St.Patrick and the Three Brave Mice, and she is available for school presentations. Joyce will get your students involved in the story by doing a "Reader's Theatre" reading of her book with class participation. She'll also define "legend," explain the story of St. Patrick, and discuss courage and the value of teamwork. Joyce will give up to 4 presentations in a day (grades K-2), to up to 50 students at a time. Rates: $800/day, plus mileage over 50 miles from the author’s home in South Glastonbury. Joyce Stengel is only available for author visits in the state of Connecticut. Visit www.joyceastengel.com.
Holly Stone-Barker, illustrator of Mama’s Bayou, The House That Witchy Built, and Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate, combines her illustration experience with her love of education by instructing art programs for school-aged children with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. For the past several years she has been an active member on the Baton Rouge Artist Roster. She says, “I enjoy sharing my knowledge and love of art with children, and in return the children give me fresh innovative ways to see the world.” Holly has programs for PK-12th grade. Rates: $250/half-day; $500/full day, plus expenses. The artist will do up to 5 presentations in a day. For more information, visit www.paperedmoon.com.
Jane Sutcliffe is the author of nearly two dozen biographies for children. Her articles have been published in Highlights for Children, Boys’ Life, and Appleseeds. Jane loves to visit schools across the country, talking to students about how research can be exciting. Jane can create a custom-made talk for your class, or you can choose one of her popular programs. She lives with her family, their dog, goats, and cows in Tolland, Connecticut. Rates: $850 per day for southern New England (Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts). Travel expenses apply outside this area. For more information, visit http://www.janesutcliffe.com.
Mel Tarman, co-author of Toby Belfer Learns about Heroes and Martyrs, is available for school and library programs for grades 5-8. His book tells the story of Toby’s visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust History Museum in Israel, where she learns about the Righteous Gentiles, the Christian men and women who aided persecuted Jews during the Holocaust. Presentations focus on WWII, the Holocaust, and the heroes dicussed in the book. Rates: Mel Tarman does not charge for school, library, church, and synagogue appearances other than travel expenses. Contact us for more details.
Peggy Thomas, author of Joshua the Giant Frog and Snow Dance, enjoys visiting schools, libraries, and workshops throughout the country. Her programs include Telling the Truth (a look at writing nonfiction), Tall Tales from the Erie Canal (especially appropriate for schools in New York State), and Writing for Children (a workshop that teaches the business of writing for children). She’d also be happy to tailor a program to meet your needs. Rates available upon request. Ms. Thomas resides in Middleport, NY. Visit www.peggythomaswrites.com for more info.
Una Belle Townsend has been an elementary-school teacher for over 20 years. Her first book is about an ill-fated cow, Grady, and the town that saved her. Grady’s in the Silo is a charming story about patience and perseverance. She is also the author of Racecar Driver’s Night Before Christmas and her latest book, The Oklahoma Land Run. Her programs include tips for young writers, reading one of the books, and a little Oklahoma history. Ms. Townsend’s rates are available upon request. She resides in Yukon, OK, and is primarily available for library visits and events after school hours due to her teaching schedule.
Professor Richard Trout, acclaimed author of the MacGregor Family Adventure Series, has delivered over 200 school programs. For one hour, Professor Trout will mesmerize, inspire, and challenge your students to read by presenting a slide-show chronicling his career as both a field and marine biologist as well as explaining his research and writing techniques. Presentations highlight the biological, geological and historical aspects of Professor Trout’s books in an exciting and engaging way that will leave students, particularly reluctant readers, ready to dive into his novels! Rates available upon request. Professor Trout resides in Oklahoma City, OK. For more information, visit http://www.richardtrout.com.
Beverly Barras Vidrine, author of Thanksgiving Day Alphabet, Halloween Alphabet, A Christmas Dictionary, A Mardi Gras Dictionary, Easter Day Alphabet, and St. Patrick’s Day Alphabet, teaches children not only about these holidays, but she also teaches about the words that define them. The power of words is a central theme of her presentations, which also include readings from her books. When speaking to fourth graders, she also discusses fiction and nonfiction writing. Ms. Vidrine is listed on the Louisiana State Artists Roster as an author and storyteller. Rates: $350/day plus expenses. Ms. Vidrine resides in Lafayette, LA.
Joan Waites is the illustrator of nearly 40 books, including Moon’s Cloud Blanket, The Waving Girl, Daniel Boone: Trailblazer, F is for Firefighting, and P is for Police. Her school programs include a presentation on the art of creating illustrations to accompany a picture book manuscript. Students will be shown how an illustrator does research, creates thumbnails, completes finished sketches, and finalizes art for publication. Sessions will also include reading of a selected book or books and a hands-on activity or art project. Rates are negotiable with the illustrator. Ms. Waites resides in Silver Spring, MD. Visit www.joanwaites.com for more information.
Christina Wald is the illustrator of Annie Jump Cannon, Astronomer. Christina loves traveling to schools and libraries to share the life of an illustrator with students. Presentations are appropriate for K-6. She lives in Cincinnati, OH. Rates: $150/presentation or $250/half-day (2-3 presentations), $400/full day (up to 6 presentations), plus expenses. For more information, visit http://www.christinawald.com/.
A former Kindergarten teacher, author Nancy K. Wallace is a full-time Youth Services Librarian, which she describes as “the best job in the world.” As a librarian and storyteller, she works with thousands of children in the over 200 programs she does each year. Nancy has programs for pre-school and elementary students and also conducts workshops for high school students, teachers, and librarians. Rates: $300/presentation; $400/half-day; $600/full day, plus expenses. Nancy lives in Ellwood City, PA.
Greg Watkins is a successful writer and speaker who loves educating and entertaining children at school visits. His book, A Big Beaked, Big Bellied Bird Named Bill, has been featured on Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s radio program as a fun book about dealing with bullies, making friends, and adapting to new surroundings. Greg Watkins’s interactive presentations focus on bullying, making friends, and how he achieved his dream of being a writer. Rates: $450/visit plus expenses (up to 3 programs). Greg lives in Sarasota, FL. For more information on Greg Watkins, visit his website at www.bigbillandbuddies.com.
Peter J. Welling is a writer and illustrator from Indianapolis. He is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. His illustrations have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and he is the recipient of the Publisher’s Choice Award for Exemplary Non-Fiction. He was awarded Indiana University's School of Continuing Studies Teaching Excellence Award for 2005. His titles include Shawn O’Hisser, The Last Snake in Ireland, Andrew McGroundhog and His Shady Shadow, Michael Le Souffle and the April Fool, Justin Potemkin And The 500 Mile Race, Joe Van Der Katt and the Great Picket Fence, and Darlene Halloween and the Great Chicago Fire. Rates are $400/half-day and $800/full day. For more information, visit http://www.peterjwelling.com.
Caryn Yacowitz is the author of picture books, multi-cultural fiction and nonfiction, photo-essays, social studies, poetry, and even musical plays! Her first book with Pelican Publishing Company is The Jade Stone: A Chinese Folktale. Her presentations are adaptable for grades K-8, lasting 30 to 50 minutes depending upon age. Rates: $850/day (3 presentations), plus expenses outside the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information on Ms. Yacowitz, visit her website at www.carynyacowitz.com
Andrea Zimmerman, author of Eliza's Cherry Trees, loves visiting schools to talk to students about the writing process and the difference between fiction and nonfiction with her program "Are you a Dreamer or a Detective?" Rates: $1000 a day, plus travel and accommodation expenses. A day includes 3 presentations. The author lives in San Diego, CA. For more information, visit www.andreaanddavid.com or www.elizascidmore.com.