is a magical process," says Joanne Rocklin, the author of
such books as The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook and One Day and One
Amazing Morning on Orange Street. In her programs with children,
which can be presented via iChat, Skype or Face Time,
she shows kids exactly how that magic happens for her, explaining
some of its mysteries and offering lots of surprising tips to
inspire stories of their own.
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
shares her "Magic Story-Builders" before the Skype visit
which students can use to write stories. They can then share these
stories with her on-screen during the chat.
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.
* 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 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.
FEW WORDS FROM A LIBRARIAN WHOSE PATRONS SKYPED WITH JOANNE:
chat was awesome. I can't say enough good things about Joanne.
She connected well with the children and we had a great time.
The kids and the parents really enjoyed it. We gave away signed
copies of her book, This Book is Haunted, to the kids at the end
and served cookies. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity.
and Youth Services and Extension Services
W. Manchester Blvd.
phone number is (310) 412-5603
A FEW WORDS FROM ANOTHER LIBRARIAN:
was glowing as they went their separate ways today. Even the ones
who hardly say anything at the meetings got up there to talk to
you. You were fantastic. Thank you for being our first-ever author