I am available for school visits, library programs, workshops, conferences and bookstore & book fair appearances. I tailor my programs to my audience and have presented to 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 a 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.
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 to share in your classrooms before my visit.
Topics usually covered in my talks:
Free 10 minute Q & A virtual sessions are available. For full 45 minute programs, fees are per presentation and 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 virtual 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:
I am grateful for the opportunity to discuss my work with educators, librarians and other book professionals at conferences. Book fairs are a wonderful way to make connections with families and educators. Please contact me with questions or to discuss availability.
Selected past conferences:
Selected past book fairs and festivals: