Author Visits Brianna loves to do school visits and other fun events! Brianna was a classroom teacher (K, 2 & 3)  for many years before she was an author, and she prides herself on creating engaging programs that meet the learning and developmental needs of her audience. Please read the descriptions below to learn about Brianna’s many school visit possibilities: Once Upon a Dinosaur (All Ages) Goodnight, Trucks (Pre-K - 1st) The Truck Stop Guide to Writing a Picture Book (1st grade and up) It's Rhyme Crime Time! (1st grade and up) Diggers & Dinos, Oh My!  How Writers Come up with Ideas. (All Ages) Program Descriptions & Logistics Once Upon a Dinosaur (All Ages) In this program, Brianna uses dinosaurs to explore the process of how an author writes a picture book. She and the students will discuss questions including: How can an unusual setting liven up a story? and How can we use the dinosaurs traits to make them believable characters? Goodnight, Trucks (Pre-K - 1st) You and your students are invited to a truck slumber party! During this visit, I will read my picture book, WHERE DO DIGGERS SLEEP AT NIGHT? After the reading, I will invite the children to put their trucks to bed.  Children may provide their own toy trucks and blankets for this presentation or I can provide paper trucks for the activity.     --this program can fit well with pajama days, truck days and transportation themes-- The Truck Stop Guide to Writing a Picture Book (1st grade and up) This program connects trucks and writing! From a digger to dig up an idea to a “Slow Down- - Revision Ahead” sign, I will use trucks and truck language to guide your students through the writing process and how it works. This introduction to how to write a picture book is a truckload of fun!      --perfect for classes who have written (or will be writing) books of their own-- It's Rhyme Crime Time! (1st grade and up) Ask your students to write a poem and most will probably write in rhyme. Most beginning picture book writers do the same thing. But writing in rhyme is more challenging than it looks! In this session for primary and upper elementary school students, we will investigate what makes good rhyme work-- and what makes bad rhyme a crime! --fun reinforcement of phonological awareness & the writing process-- Diggers & Dinos, Oh My!  How Writers Come up with Ideas. (All Ages) Staring at a blank page is one of the hardest parts of writing. For writers of any age. Brianna wil explore the writing process, starting with that most critical of all parts -- coming up with something to write about! Logistics: Brianna’s fee for a full day school visit in the Seattle Metropolitan area for the 2015-2016 school year is $350. (Please note: special discounts are sometimes available to Brianna’s awesome newsletter subscribers, so please consider subscribing!) Visits outside the Seattle Metropolitan area will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and would require the school to pay for Brianna’s travel and lodging expenses in addition to her regular school visit fee. Brianna is also happy to do Skype visits. Please inquire here.
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