author visits

Thanks so much for your interest in having me present at your school!  I love meeting with students & talking about the process of making picture books.  

For the 2018-2019 school year, the fee for a full day (up to four presentations) will be $800 for schools within 50 miles of Wakefield, Massachusetts.  For schools outside of that area, the fee will be $1,000/day, plus travel costs (including hotel if necessary). 

Each presentation can run from 30 – 60 minutes, depending on your needs, and can be tailored for separate groups of grades K-1, 2-3, or 4-5. 

My presentations will go through my experiences with writing & illustration (as well as my connections to hand-drawn animation!), including gathering ideas, drafting stories, sketching, revising, and creating final art.  I’ll be sure to leave time for Q&A, and may include a sneak peek into future projects or a quick drawing demo as time allows.

However, if you have a specific part of the process where you would like some extra emphasis, please let me know!   

Feel free to email me anytime at thereul@gmail.com to discuss your school visit goals. 

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Tips for a successful Author/Illustrator visit! 

  • Before the big day:
    • Help prepare students for the visit!
      • Read & explore THE BREAKING NEWS with your class ahead of time.
        • The educator guide created by the Anti-Defamation League can be useful to help spark discussions in your classroom. 
        • Create art, writing prompts, grow flowers or create other projects focused on “one small thing” each of us can do to help our communities.
      • Make sure the students know about the upcoming visit and offer them the chance to prepare questions ahead of time, so that they’re ready for the Q&A session.

 

  • The day of the visit:
    • I’ll bring a keynote presentation on my Ipad, as well as a VGA & HDMI adapter. Please have a projector & screen available for use in a room that can be slightly darkened so that the images show up.
    • Please make sure that teachers stay in the room during the presentation to assist with classroom management and to help pick students during Q&A. You know your students best!

 

Thanks so much – I can’t wait to meet you & your students!