How lucky I am! I’m living my dream. In 2011, my son gave me a very unique present for my 64th birthday. He took me skydiving! It was thrilling! But the best part was, when my feet touched the ground, I knew that if I could jump out of a perfectly good airplane, I could do just about anything I wanted to do.
Which was a good thing because at that point in my life, as a retired kindergarten teacher, I had a new dream–I wanted to write books for children. So, I jumped into becoming a picture book author with my whole heart. And now I have a bunch of beautiful books that I love sharing with children.
SWEET DREAMS, SARAH: (Creston Books, illustrated by Chris Ewald) True story of former slave Sarah Goode who came to Chicago with freedom in her pocket, hope in her heart, and dreams swirling in her head to become one of the first Aftican American women to secure a U.S. patent. Timeline of black female patent holders and patent information in the back matter plus a free curriculum guide download on my website.
FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: An Animal Counting Book: (PomegranateKids, illustrated by Mirka Hokannen) Dragonflies dance, ballerinas above a liquid stage as ten endangered animals visit a river where the character of the water changes as quickly as a child’s moods. With rich STEM back matter and a free activity booklet available for download.
PIPPA’S PASSOVER PLATE: (Holiday House, illustrated by Jill Weber) When Pippa Mouse can’t find her special Seder plate, she must pluck up her courage and persevere, asking for help from her natural enemies, Cat, Snake, and Owl. This book is a PJ Library 2019 recommended selection and there is a free curriculum guide and activity page available for download.
Coming in 2020:
MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee, Spring 2020) illustrated by Alleanna Harris
FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) illustrated by Gilbert Ford
SCHOOL VISIT AND PRESENTATION FEE SCHEDULE: 2019 – 2020
LOCAL: (within 50 miles of Amherst, NH)
$800 per day, no mileage expense – up to THREE SESSIONS per day which could include:
- PowerPoint presentation to large assembly
- Individual classroom workshop program
- Round-table small group one-on-one mentorship
AROUND-THE-CORNER-LOCAL (within 20 miles of Amherst, NH):
I can come for one or two sessions ($300 per session)
OUTSIDE MY LOCAL AREA (beyond 50 miles from Amherst, NH):
$1000 per day, plus travel/accommodation expenses if needed
- up to THREE SESSIONS per day – willing to split time between two different schools.
- Rate (after the 1st day) discounted to $700 per day for multi-day bookings.
SPEECHES – Conference, keynote, etc.-
Email or call me. Let’s talk!
My author school visits touch on important reading, writing, and idea-generating skills that students and teachers can implement immediately. I also spotlight how failure is a necessary step on the ladder to success and how passion, practice, patience, and persistence are crucial ingredients for any project. I can adjust presentations to meet the curriculum needs of each school and have made even large school assemblies feel interactive. As a panelist, speaker, and/or workshop leader at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content, Australia/NZ SCBWI Conference, New England SCBWI Conference, and the National Council for Teachers of English and as a presenter at schools, libraries, and book festivals, I’ve loved inspiring educators, writers, seniors, and children to follow their dreams.
I bring history alive for young people and my books encourage kids to believe that nothing is impossible if you can imagine it. A school visit by a children’s author is a fabulous way to promote literacy. Kids love when I share with them the early pages of my books. They can see how each story began, understand that the finished product with formatted text and glorious illustrations did not start out that way, and they can embrace the process of revision…that nothing is perfect the first time we do it. My books come with free curriculum guides and/or activity sheets that teachers, parents, and librarians can download from my website.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Email contact: email@example.com
Or you can text me: 719-237-3111