Since 1990 I have enjoyed meeting people of all ages through my visits to preschools, elementary, middle and high schools, public libraries, college classes, educator in-services, professional conferences and trade shows. The majority of my professional time outside of my studio, however, involves visits to elementary schools across the United States.
My multimedia presentations help explain my work as an author and illustrator and the process of creating books. I tailor each presentation to the ages and experiences of the audience, moving from keeping an idea journal, sketching, writing and revising to submitting my work for publication and working with editors and art directors at publishing houses.
For students in the primary grades, I allow 45 minutes for my presentations including questions. My time with preschool and kindergarten students varies according to attentiveness and the time of the year. For older students and adults, I generally allow one hour including questions if time permits.
My goal is to leave my audiences inspired and geared up to create their own work, and to help them discover the great joy and passion for books and knowledge that resides within each of them.
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