I am available for a select number of school visits. See below for some of my workshop offerings!
For more information, pricing details, and to check availability, please contact Sarah Azibo at the Booking Biz.

Programs for Middle School and Elementary Students

*Is It Fact–Or Fiction? – 45 minutes
Spring-boarding from my new Two Truths and a Lie series, we will cover two important facets: (1) Some of the amazing wonders to be discovered in the natural world (complete with samples and fun, zany stories!); and (2) The importance and need to discern true facts from “fake news” that is growing so abundant. Tips, hands-on exercises, and more make this session really pop!

*How Do You Bake a Book? – 45 minutes
From the earliest recipe to the delicious end result, this talk will guide students through every growth step along the journey toward a published book. Includes talk of revision, how to come up with ideas for their own stories, and a close-up look at story beginnings. Includes hands-on exercises and activities to inject energy and joy into their own writing projects.

*Writing Workshop – Figurative Language: Description and Setting the Scene – 45 min
Figurative language lets the writer’s creativity come out and play! Following a short reading, students will be introduced to the concept of descriptive language, similes and metaphors, and how to use these tools to make their writing sing. Interactive activities and hands-on writing prompts will help students find their own voice and discover a fabulous writer’s toolbox.

*Writing Workshop – Developing Lifelike Characters – 45 minutes
Drawing from vibrant characters in fiction, this interactive workshop takes a close-up look at what makes a truly compelling character, offering lots of practical tips to help students polish up their writing by bringing their characters to life. Hands-on writing exercises included!

*Writing Workshop – Building Your World – 45 minutes
Drawing from the fantasy world of Princess Juniper and the rich ghost world in Rules for Ghosting, this interactive workshop will delve into the nitty-gritty of world building—in fiction and beyond. From brainstorming to building a strong foundation to fillin

Programs for Younger Elementary and Preschool Students

*Fairy/Mermaid Reading and Activity – 30 minutes
Designed for very young students, this program begins and ends with a dramatized reading of one of the Tiptoe Guide books. In between, students will participate in a lively hands-on craft project.

*Tiptoe Into Nature! – 45 minutes
For small groups only: A reading of The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies will be followed by an interactive nature walk (around the playground, or other nearby green space), searching out clues to fairies’ hiding places and discovering their secrets firsthand.

*Writing Workshop – Fun with Fancy Words –1st-3rd – 40 min
Playing with language can be tons of fun! Following a reading of Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo, students will explore new vocabulary, enjoy the sounds letters make, find exciting new words for everyday terms, and use hands-on activities to help their own writing sparkle.

*Writing Workshop – Say It with Rhyme –1st-3rd – 40 min
What does it take to be a poet? A lively reading of Ghost in the House will be followed by a discussion of rhyming words and how poetry works. Brainstorming, list-making, and idea-sharing are just a few of the tools we’ll use to come up with a dynamite group poem for all to share!

*How Is a Book Made? – 40 minutes
In this presentation I will walk through the steps of publication from concept to writing to illustration to publication, using examples and stories and following one of my titles through the process from start to finish.