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Frané Lessac is a dynamic presenter and shares with students of all ages the process of writing and illustrating picture books. Her optimism, humor and touch for detail in the wealth of stories she has to tell is sure to hold any audience captive. Born is Jersey City, NJ, she and her husband, writer Mark Greenwood, divide their time between southwestern Australia and New Jersey. She would be delighted to iChat with students in the U.S. and anywhere else in the world.




Please have the students prepare in advance a list of questions for her to answer. She will first give a brief presentation, perhaps showing her latest book or talking about an upcoming project, and will then take questions. If you prefer, the Q&A can come first, depending on your students' needs. How you handle the Q&A is up to you. Sometimes students come up to the screen individually to ask questions and then the next student comes up. Sometimes the students gather around the screen to ask questions. The format will depend on your needs and what kind of equipment you have. If you have an activboard or some other means to project the images onto a larger screen, for example, the format might be somewhat different. In any case, students must be familiar with some of her books.


If you would like a different kind of program, please let us know before setting up the program and please provide a general idea of what you would like. Further details will be needed at least a week before the chat so she can prepare.


She'll also be happy to autograph bookplates in advance of the chat, but be sure to send them to her in a timely manner so she can sign them and get them back to you before the chat.



$175 * for 1 one-hour long chat

$350 * for 2 one-hour long chats over the course of a day

$500 * for 3 one-hour long chats over the course of a day

Please visit Frané Lessac to see her bio, then follow the three other links at the top of the page for a list of her books, information on her presentations when she comes to do a physical visit, and book ordering information for getting her books from a variety of sources.


Grade levels: P-5

Residence: NJ & Australia


The chat was great! Our call dropped a couple of times just due to Skype issues, but otherwise it was wonderful. We had read some of the books together, and the kids had several questions prepared. Funny moment from the chat: when asked about what people eat in Australia , Frane answered *Kangaroo, crocodile. ...* and went on to talk about different foods. One boy said, *Crocodile? Sounds bumpy!*

Jenny Baltes

Former Youth Services Librarian

Lakeview Branch Library

2845 N. Sherman Ave.

Madison, WI 53704

(608) 246-4547

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