Virtual Author Visit
Welcome to my virtual author visit landing page!
Here you will find the videos, teaching guides, and more that I've been compiling since my first book, THE MIRACULOUS, came out. The most important piece of this content, the FROM BRAIN TO BOOKSHELF presentation, is exclusive to this platform. Other resources below include:
—Frequently Asked Questions videos
—Teaching and Activity Guides
—First Chapter Read Alouds
—A few more extras and even more on the way!
You will have access to this site for the remainder of the school year, allowing you to use the materials on your own schedule. I hope you and your students enjoy!
*Interested in scheduling an interactive virtual session? Please contact me! I'm still available to do FREE 20 minute Q&A visits with groups that have read one of my books and other virtual visits.
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From Brain to Bookshelf
FROM BRAIN TO BOOKSHELF:
How an Idea Becomes A Book
This is the virtual version of the presentation I give during in-person visits!
Even though I can't be with your students in person, this presentation will engage and hopefully inspire them. I discuss my origins as a bookworm with a mullet (pics included) and my author journey.
The part most students like most? How much I got rejected!
Your students will learn a little about the writing process, how books are edited, how covers are designed, and more. And I'll share writing tips, including what all writer’s need most: Perseverance!
Frequently Asked Questions Videos
Here are my answers to some of the questions students have asked me over the last few years of school visits. In the general FAQs, I answer:
1. Where do you get your ideas?
2. What does your writing process look like?
3. Do you have another job?
4. What's the best part of being an author?
5. What's next for you?
The book-specific videos are spoiler free but also great for students who have read the books and want to learn a little more!
Teaching & Activity Guides
These guides are aligned with Common Core Standards for 5th grade, but they can be used for grades 3-8. You will find pre-reading questions, questions for each part of the book, big picture questions, and extension activities that include creative writing, research projects, and visual arts.
Book trailers are a fun way to engage students with a new story! These short videos use cover animation to introduce each book. Your students may enjoy making their own book trailers or checking out other trailers, like those found on Mr. Schu Reads and Macmillan Children's YouTube.
Book talks are another way to introduce students to a story. These are short videos of me sharing about The Miraculous, Quintessence, and The Adventure Is Now in my own words.
First Chapter Read Alouds
Who doesn't like to be read to? Here are the first chapters of THE MIRACULOUS, QUINTESSENCE, and THE ADVENTURE IS NOW.
Extra Fun Stuff!
Take the QUINTESSENCE quiz to learn which of the four elements you are!
You can do it below or go here.
QUINTESSENCE Map of Four Points
QUINTESSENCE Cover Reveal
THE MIRACULOUS Book Trailer #2
Quizzes, maps, and more! Throughout the spring, I'll be posting a few more videos related to The Adventure Is Now too—specifically about the creatures on the Lone Island and the clues the characters have to solve!