SUSAN WILLIAMS BECKHORN, Kirkus and ALSC Notable Books 2016 Listing for The Wolf’s Boy, draws kids into the world of animals, nature, and prehistory, with photos and show’n tell, and inspires better writing with ideas from her Writer’s Tool Box.
KATHLEEN BLASI, author of A Name of Honor (Mondo Publishing, 2006) and Hosea Plays On (2018), works with staff to customize interactive sessions for grades K-5, for both creative writing and writing tied to Language Arts and Social Studies curricula.
ELIZABETH FALK writes historical fiction for mid-grade readers all based in New York State (Council Fire, Lettie’s North Star, and Freedom’s Fire). Elizabeth taught elementary school in Fairport Central Schools. As an elementary student herself, she often got in trouble for reading at school! She can present to K-6.
MARGOT L. FASS is an educator, psychiatrist, artist, writer; author of Froggy Family’s First Frolic, and upcoming book, Froggy Family’s Fine Feelings, reading level 3rd grade. Enjoyment level, all ages. Presentations include friend and colleague, Professor Rem, a beloved magician, comedian, and puppeteer.
RHONDA FISCHER is an award-winning author and musician who has written two incredible books for children - Randy Kazandy, Where Are Your Glasses and Crooked Granny Grunt, Please Drink Your Milk. They are fabulous stories filled with rhyme and music, and Ms. Fischer is an engaging, fun guest for students and teachers.
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MARSHA HAYLES explores the challenges of researching, writing, and revising her historical novel Breathing Room—winner of the Maud Hart Lovelace Award. A bonus book discussion can be made available for those students who have read Breathing Room.
WILL HUBBELL, the author and illustrator of Pumpkin Jack plus two other picture books, provides an illustrated presentation on how he became an author and how he creates his books. The talk can be customized to any grade level, from elementary through high school.
KEELY HUTTON, former eighth grade English teacher and author of Soldier Boy, combines her experience in the classroom with her
love of writing to create engaging, interactive presentations for students ages 11 and up. With a wide range of presentation topics, such as How to Tell Someone Else’s Story, Narrative vs. Expository, Finding the Heart of a Story, and Revision vs. Editing, Keely crafts
her presentations to best supplement the host teachers’ curriculum. Her debut novel Soldier Boy, which is based on a true story,
gives students a window to the world beyond their experiences and provides opportunities for discussions on the importance of grit
KEVIN KURTZ is an award-winning author of children's nonfiction books about science and nature, such as Sharks and Dolphins and Uncovering Earth's Secrets. He provides interactive and entertaining presentations for elementary students about the process of writing nonfiction and science topics ranging from deep sea animals to the extinction of the dinosaurs.
LINDA SUE PARK, author of many books for young readers, including the NY Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water and the 2002 Newberry Medal book A Single Shard. Presentations for students in grades K-12, teachers, and parents.
JEFF MINERD is an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story prize winner and author of the MG/YA fantasy novel, The Sailweaver’s Son. His presentation for students ages 10 and up includes fun creative writing exercises and helpful tips on the writing process.
ROSE O'KEEFE - Rochester author Rose O'Keefe (Frederick and Anna Douglass in Rochester NY) enjoys sharing the history in our backyards from Seneca times to early Erie Canal days, Mt. Hope Cemetery and the Underground Railroad.
ANDREA PAGE, educator and author of Sioux Code Talkers of World War II, offers a variety of presentation topics for ages 10 and up. Topics include Code Talkers of WWII, Native American history (Plains), as well as collaborating with others to pass a bill in Congress.
PEGGY THOMAS, author of award-winning nonfiction including Farmer George Plants a Nation, and Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation shares her writing process from research to revisions. Students will brainstorm ideas, shiver at tales of fear-factor research, and fall in love with true stories.
SALLY VALENTINE, author of five children's' novels, beginning with The Ghost of the Charlotte Lighthouse, each set in a Rochester landmark and There Are No Buffalo in Buffalo, an award-winning book of poetry. She is available for presentations, for grades 4-6, about local landmarks, writing poetry, or another topic geared toward your particular school.
VIVIAN VANDE VELDE, Empire Award winner for her body of work, including 8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel ÷ 1 Dog = Chaos, The Rumpelstiltskin Problem, and 23 Minutes. Stories about trolls, ghosts, and fractured fairy tales will bring literature and laughter into the classroom for grades 2 and up. Writing workshops also available.
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