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Author Visits

I enjoy doing author visits, book festivals as well as library and community day appearances. I would love the opportunity to present a program for your K-2 students. Using my books and published poems, I offer interactive programs that excite children about reading and writing. Together we explore how writers play with language to create the best story possible. 

Since I have returned to teaching, I am only available in the evenings, on weekends or during the summer. My presentations range from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the age and type of actitivies.

One popular program is a 'Meet the Author Pajama Party.' Children (wearing their pajamas, of course!) come back to school in the evening along with their favorite stuffed animal. I'll read How Will I Ever Sleep in This Bed? and Star of the Show. Usually the Parents Organization will provide a snack (animal crackers and milk.) I'll do a brief Q&A and discuss the writing process. We end with fingerplays and bedtime activities and songs. The program lasts about an hour and is ideal for ages 3 to 8. All family members welcome. 

My fee is very reasonable and I'm willing to work with groups who have a limited budget. I also appreciate the opportunity to sign copies of my books for children and teachers who wish to purchase them. 

Here's what they're saying about my author visit programs...

"Thank you for doing a wonderful presentation. The teachers are raving about your interaction with the students, the visuals, the movement with poetry, etc..."


- Karen Fowler, Library Media Specialist, Vail Farm Elementary School

"Thank you so much for your wonderful presentation last week. I have heard nothing but good things from teachers and students alike. There is a waiting list for your book from the library."


- Pamela Woodward, Netherwood Elementary School

My friend and fellow writer, Karen Kaufman Orloff, and I have partnered together to offer writing classes for adults. We call our 5-week program, The ABC's of Writing for Children. We cover where authors get their ideas and how to turn these ideas into poems, short stories, picture books or longer works. We discuss how to structure your writing to include the elements of story and how to submit your work to publishers. Occasionally we present shorter, introductory workshops at the local library. Contact me or Karen Orloff for more information. Visit Karen's website for a look at her terrific books. 

If you're interested in learning more about writing for children and creating quality children's books, check out our organization, Children's Writers of the Hudson Valley and consider attending one of our hands-on events in the Poughkeepsie, NY area. Click the button for more information on our upcoming conference:

More Web Sites: 

My favorite web site for children's writers and illustrators: The SCBWI Message Board: http://www.scbwi.org/boards/ originally started by Verla Kay, my fellow critique partner and talented author who offers tremendous support for all who are interested in writing for children. Visit Verla's site here: http://verlakay.com/


Your informational source for writing and illustrating for children is The Purple Crayon. Seriously, this is the most updated and informative site I know:  http://www.underdown.org/


If you love learning about the earth, check out the book, THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND by Catherine Ciocchi.  Be sure to check out Catherine's web site:


Need a performer for your event? My friend Jackie aka Bee Bee the Clown is a wonderful entertainer and has super cute children's books out. See her facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/BeeBeeTheClown/ 
or her website: http://www.beebeetheclown.com/

My friend Tania Guarino has a delightful book out entitled MEET THE QUACKERS. Learn more:  http://taniaguarino.com/about/


My Books

Precious Baby
(spring 2019 Beaming Books)


Beep! Beep!
Special Delivery

(spring 2019 Clear Fork Publishing)


Huggle Wuggle, Bedtime Snuggle  

( fall 2019 Beaming Books)

How Will I Ever Sleep in This Bed? (Sterling Publishing)


Hey! You're Eating My Homework
 (Lee & Low)


Star of the Show

(Shenanigan Books)

Picnic on the Sidewalk
(Seedling Publications)

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