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Diane Stanley's books have won many awards and honors, among them Boston Globe-Horn Book Honors, the Orbis Pictus (NCTE), and numerous state awards. She customizes her Skype chats according to the age of the audience and is happy to accommodate special requests. She usually talks a little bit about her childhood, what inspired her to become an author/illustrator, and the important role that reading played in her life. Her presentation can emphasize her picture books, particularly the fairy tale retellings (for younger children), her biographies and the research that goes into them (for older children), or her novels with an emphasis on developing writing skills (for middle and high school students and adults). We've been told her presentations are consistently fascinating.




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.



$220 * for 1 half-hour chat

$440 * for 2 half-hour chats OR 1 hour long chat to

          be completed over the course of one day

$660 * for 3 half-hour chats OR 1 hour long chat and

          one half-hour chat to be completed over the course of one day

Please visit Diane Stanley 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: K-7

Residence: NM



Sue Parsons.

Oklahoma State Univ.

253 Willard Hall

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater , OK

405 744 7125