Let me be your next guest author!
I am available for school visits, library programs, Skype talks, workshops, conferences, and bookstore & book fair appearances. I tailor my programs to my audience and have presented to audiences of all ages from infants to adults.
When speaking with young children, I keep my points simple – where ideas come from, how words and pictures can tell stories about our lives, and using a camera and collage. With older children and grownups, I talk more technically about what I do and discuss the many steps involved in taking an project from idea to finished book. Whatever the age of the audience, I devote time towards the end of my presentation to questions. Please contact me with questions or to discuss availability at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nuts and bolts:
I will make up to four presentations in one day. My presentations are generally about 45 minutes long. Workshops may run a bit longer and talks to Pre-K groups are often shorter. I will use a Powerpoint presentation if appropriate or show a portfolio of original art and photographs. I prefer to use a microphone for talks to larger audiences.
I am based in Brooklyn, NY and consider visits in all boroughs and in the NYC Greater Metropolitan area “local”. For “out of town” visits, I request compensation for my travel and accommodation expenses in addition to my fee. I recognize that inviting an author to your school or library can be expensive and I am open to discussing ways to make it happen if your budget is small.
School visits are most successful when the students have read my books before my visit and have spent some time thinking and talking about them with their teacher or school librarian. Please consider purchasing books or borrowing books from your library for circulation in your classrooms before my visit. Please contact me with questions or to discuss availability at email@example.com.
Topics that are usually included in my talks:
- my studio
- growing up in a family of author/artists (Donald Crews and Ann Jonas)
- getting an idea down on paper
- writing and rewriting
- how a book is made
- making mistakes
Free 10 minute Q & A skype sessions are available. For full 45 minute programs, fees are based on the number of presentations requested. I will make up to four presentations in a day. A technical run through can be very helpful before the actual “visit”. No recording of Skype sessions is allowed without prior permission.
I have done a variety art workshops with children and I am happy to brainstorm with you on a fun and educational way to introduce art techniques and illustration concepts to your group. Most projects are completed in one workshop, but I have also done multi-session projects with organizations like Behind The Book and the National Book Foundation.
Here are some of the projects I have done in the past:
- Make a book. Participants make their own accordion fold book.These books are easy to make and there is a lot of room to personalize the work. There is generally plenty of time for participants to decorate the book jackets and write and illustrate the stories that go inside.
- Make a collage. Participants are given a variety of collage materials to work with – magazines, colored and patterned paper. After a brief discussion of collage and how I use it for storytelling, workshop participants see what they can discover with the materials at hand.
- Make your own superhero. I made “Guy”, Jack’s toy in my book Below. Kids make their own superhero out of pipe cleaners and model magic.
I look forward to opportunities to discuss my work with educators, librarians and other book professionals.
Selected past events:
- “Readers Into Leaders 2019 Literacy Conference,” Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, keynote and breakout session, August 2019
- “LitFest KC” Conference, presented by The Rabbit hOle in association with the Kansas City Public Library and the Crossroads Academy, Kansas City, MO, April 2017
- “The Building Blocks of Play,” Panel Discussion at Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY, April 2015
- “Photography and Children’s Books,” Panel Discussion at Children’s Book Literary Salon, New York Public Library, New York, NY, March 2014
- “How Children’s Book Authors Help to Shape our World View,” Diversity Panel Discussion, Medgar Evers College, New York, NY, May 2013
- “Creating Books for Early Childhood,” Panel Discussion at Bank Street College of Education Mini Conference, New York, NY, April 2013
- “From Scissors & Glue to 0’s & 1’s: An Artist’s Toolkit Goes from Analog to Digital,” Artist Talk, Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC), Westmoreland Community College, Youngwood, PA, November 2011
- “An Afternoon with the Ezra Jack Keats Awards,” Panel Discussion, New York Public Library, New York, NY, April 2011
Book Fairs and Festivals
Selected past events:
- 28th Annual African American Children’s Book Festival, Philadelphia, PA, February 2020
- Chappaqua Book Fair, Chappaqua, NY, September 2019
- Hudson Book Festival, Hudson, NY, May 2019
- Brooklyn Museum Children’s Book Fair, Brooklyn, NY, November 2018
- Shreveport Children’s Book Festival, Shreveport, LA, May 2018
- Ghouls and Gourds Festival, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Brooklyn, NY, October 2016
- BPL Children’s Book Author Illustrator Day, Brooklyn, NY, May 2016
- Chappaqua Book Fair, Chappaqua, NY, September 2015
- Albany Children’s Book Fair, Albany, NY, November 2014
- Ghouls and Gourds Festival, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Brooklyn, NY, October 2014
- Story Fest, South Carolina State Library, Columbia, SC, June 2014
- Savannah Children’s Book Festival, Savannah, GA, November 2013
- Stamford Book Fair, Stamford, CT, December 2012
- Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival, Sheboygan, WI, October 2012
- Hudson Book Festival, Hudson, NY, May 2012
- Chicago Public Library – Bookamania, Chicago, IL, December 2011