Author Visits / Illustrator Visits to Your School
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Lisa Thiesing: School Visits with an Author Illustrator
I would love to visit your school!
Author/Illustrator School Visit Program:
My program begins with a PowerPoint presentation (complete with sound effects) of The Viper, which is probably my best known and most fun book.
I will then show the various steps that go into making a book, from initial writing, rough sketches, editing, book dummies, layout, a bit about the printing process and the finished product.
I will also do a drawing lesson using basic shapes. What animals can you make with a circle and a triangle? Even the youngest students are very successful with this exercise.
Then there are always a lot of questions and answers.
Author Visit Fees:
My presentation is best suited to students in Kindergarten - 4th grade. I realize that many school budgets have been cut lately, so I have reduced my fee to $200 per session. I can do up to 4 sessions in a day. Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes. Smaller groups work well for me. I would also need to be compensated for travel expenses. So if you would like to send me to Paris, I'll go!
Equipment Needed from the School:
I have the PowerPoint presentation on a flash drive. I need a computer from the school to run it, a projector to show it, and a little time (and, perhaps, help!) to set that up. The students will also need some paper, a pencil and a hard surface to draw on.
Preparation for Author Visits:
Author/Illustrator visits are very beneficial to students. There is usually a lot of excitement surrounding a visit, which can easily be translated into classroom projects. Things like preparing a welcome banner, counting down the days, a small geography lesson on where the author comes from are all valid curriculum activities.
Librarians have found that book circulation and enthusiasm for reading in general goes way up after an author visit. And for those children who are artistically inclined, it can validate their love of drawing, writing and possible thoughts about future careers.
Author visits work best if the students have been prepared. Please read some of my books beforehand so that the kids are familiar with me and are excited about my visiting the school. This makes it a lot more fun for everybody! It is also a good idea to prepare some questions in advance.
Author Visit Book Sales:
I do have copies of many of my books available for sale. Students should pre-order books so I know what to bring. I will give you a list when we make arrangements.
Benefits of an Author Visit:
Imagine! Your students engaged in questions and answers with a real-life children's author! The questions fill the room: "Why did you make it funny?" "Where do you get your ideas from?" "Is the main character based on someone you know?"
When an author reads from their own work, children get excited! Author visits are inspiring events that foster a love of reading and many educational opportunities. When authors speak to young people, students are motivated to read more, write more, and learn more. Even the most reluctant reader may want to pick up a book!
Even if the author is not "famous", there is something wonderful about meeting a published author. It brings to life the idea that authors and illustrators are real people and that children could grow up to be that too.
I have been a professional author/illustrator for 25 years and have written and/or illustrated over 40 books. I graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York with a BFA in illustration.
I also earned my Montessori certificate in early education from Bank Street College and was a preschool teacher for several years. This has given me a unique understanding of how to make picture books and "early readers" that are both fun and educational for children. I have done numerous school visits and the kids seem to love me! I live in New York's Mid-Hudson Valley with my husband, daughter, dog and cats.
Awards & Recognition:
Winner of the Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award - The Viper
Winner of the Delaware Diamonds Award - The Viper
NJLA Garden State Book Award nominee - A Dark and Noisy Night & The Aliens Are Coming!
Booklist "Top 10 Mysteries for Youth" - The Viper
A Miami Herald Best Book of the Year - The Viper
A Bank Street Best Book of the Year - Hilda and the Mad Scientist
A Junior Library Guild Selection - Hilda and the Mad Scientist
Parents Magazine "Parents Pick" - All Better
Parents Magazine Feature Spread - Me & You
The National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval - Me & You
New York Times Book Review - Me & You
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award - Jess and the Stinky Cowboys
A Bank Street Best Book of the Year - Jess and the Stinky Cowboys
Reading Rainbow Reader anthology - Silly Times With Two Silly Trolls
IRA/CBC "Children's Choice"s - Silly Times With Two Silly Trolls & Pudmuddles
NCSS – CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies - The Ghosts of Hungryhouse Lane
Kirkus pointer reviews - various
Booklist starred reviews - various
School Library Journal starred reviews - various
Please contact me directly to make arrangements. I'll work with you closely to ensure a successful visit, and I'll be happy to answer any questions which you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!