can't remember a time when poetry wasn't part of her life and
even still has her battered childhood copy of A Child's Garden
of Verses. The
author of more than thirty books for children, including picture
books, chapter books, and collections of verse, she is also a
children's book editor. In her Skype presentations
with children, she starts off with a funny poem or limerick from
one of her books, then selects others that lend themselves to
talking about the editorial and writing process, which includes
revising and changing poems to fit the artist's illustrations.
Her chats are fun, informative, and interactive.
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
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.
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.
* 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
to see her bio, then follow
the three other links at the top of the page fora 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.
levels: P-3 & YA