With 35 years of combined experience as an Author and an Artist, Holly and Beth team up to present their process of creating books with students all around the Kansas City metro area (and beyond!)
Choose from the list below to build an ideal presentation for your group.
Author Holly reads the book she wrote along with Beth's illustrations. There is a nice big slide show of the book to make sure the whole audience can see! Approx. 10 min.
First Holly shares about her life as an author, then Beth shares about being an illustrator. Together they share how they partner their skills to make a children's book! See inside their entire process. This is an energetic, informative, and hilarious talk! Approx. 20-40 min., adjusted according to grade level.
Holly and Beth show how you can write and illustrate your very own picture book! They highlight 10 fun steps for preparation. This talk leaves students feeling super-inspired and ready to create! Recommended for grades 2+. Approx. 20-40 min., adjusted according to grade level.
Beth and Holly lead students through the process of choosing personality traits and demonstrate how to turn them into a unique book character. This interactive, high-energy activity will result in a signed sketch and tons of laughs! Approx. 15 - 30 min.
Students from the audience have a chance to ask a professional author and illustrator anything they want to! This is always fun, inspirational, and super-informative! Approx. 15 - 30 min.
Add extra 'memorable moments' or products to make your event even more incredible!
Another opportunity to get to know the author and Illustrator!
Get your book signed by both the author & Illustrator!
Sometimes a group of students need in-depth guidance and mentorship. Holly & Beth take the time needed to give more focused instruction on writing and illustrating a book. This is a great time to use the journal-style booklet titled "So You Want to Make a Book?", which pairs perfectly with this extra-focused session for aspiring young people. Approx. 1-3 hours, adjusted according to grade level. Recommended for grades 4+.
This full-color journal-style booklet is the perfect guide for kids who want to learn to write and illustrate their very own storybook! The book guides the reader through 10 easy (and fun) steps to making a book. Can't think of a story off the top of your head? This booklet is so full of creative inspiration you will have a hard time NOT thinking of one! Pairs perfectly with the Presentation by the same name and the Young Writer's Workshop. Recommended for grades 2+.
Presentations serving Kindergarten - 5th grade and middle school. Complies with Kansas State Writing Standards.
We provide as many sessions a day as we can fit in! This includes as many classes /students as your space can accommodate. The number of sessions is determined by each school's time constraints and the length of sessions requested.
A 'Session' consists of a customized combination of our individual services. They generally amount to about 1 - 2 hours each. (By no means does this mean kids are required to sit and listen quietly this whole time. We include interaction from the audience and can even include stretching and break time if needed.) We adjust the length depending on the audience's attention span and also to accommodate multiple services in one session. Feel free to mix and match from the menu above to build a visit perfect for you! Multiple price quotes can be provided upon an initial consultation.
Yes! As long as the schools are in the same district and are located near enough to each other, we would be glad to split Sessions between more than one school.
Yes! If we need to travel more than 3 hours outside of the Kansas City Metro area, travel costs will be added accordingly.
Yes it is! We present about the process of being Professionals in our fields of expertise as well as teach about the process of narrative writing. Our content was created especially with Kansas State Writing Standards in mind: W.2-5.3; W.2-5.4; and W.2-5.5
We absolutely do! Our sessions are perfect for any event that encourages literacy in kids! Whether it is a conference, a library event, or a homeschooling co-op... we are passionate to get kids writing and illustrating!
We would love to! We are constantly developing creative strategies to share what we do as professionals in our fields of expertise! We are available for panel discussions, or collaborations for an inside look at the world of self-publishing and beyond. Do you need Presenters for a Break Out Session? We will create a customized slide presentation perfect for your audience!
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