his books, Wendell Minor's presentations have alway been met with
enthusiasm. The review from the Ohio school below is just one
more indication of his skills as an illustrator and speaker. Although
he prefers onsite visits, Wendell Minor is happy to Skype
with groups of children large and small.
have the students prepare in advance a list of questions for him
to answer. He will first give a brief presentation, perhaps showing
his 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
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 he can prepare.
He'll also be happy to autograph bookplates in advance of the
chat, but be sure to send them to him in a timely manner so he
can sign them and get them back to you before the chat.
* for 1 one-hour long chat
* for 2 one-hour long chats over the course of a day
* for 3 one-hour long chats over the course of a day
see his bio, then follow the three other links at the top of the
page for a list of his books, information on his presentations
when he comes to do a physical visit, and book ordering information
for getting his books from a variety of sources.
FEW WORDS FROM A TEACHER WHOSE CLASS SKYPED WITH WENDELL MINOR:
chat couldn't have gone better. SKYPE worked out just fine. The
tech run through was helpful because it made us realize we needed
to bring in extra lighting so Wendell would be able to see the
children's faces. We had 40 children in front of a Promethean
Board screen and they were able to hear and see just fine, although
it is true that the picture on our computer was better than the
picture on the big screen. (I guess we have to work on our projector.)
We found just the right spot for the children asking questions
to stand, so Wendell could see and hear them. He was wonderful
with the students. He pitched his talk at just the right level.
Certainly, his passion for what he does shone through everything
he shared and talked about. And, of course, we loved his paintings.
children were well prepared for this talk. They had read or listened
to many of the books he had illustrated (Arctic Son; Reaching
for the Moon; Look to the Stars; Luck Seashore Book; Morning,
Noon and Night; The Last Train; If You Were a Penguin). They
had shared his books with book buddies. They had discussed and
written about many of the things they'd noticed in his artwork.
They tried out painting the sky with watercolors. They had come
up with questions they had wondered about. They were really excited
about being able to talk to him. Soria walked in this morning
and said she had woken up extra early because she just couldn't
wait to meet him. Lilian left at the end of the day and said,
*This is the best day of the year!*
you so much for making this opportunity possible. Gail and I are
busy thinking of the next authors we can have an online chat with!!
you, thank you, thank you.
E. College St .