My lively, interactive presentations at your school include:
A combination of fun, interactive large group assemblies and/or classroom visits. Meeting a living author/illustrator in person makes a big impression on children.
When I share my cultural background and reveal the various phases of a picture
book's evolution, students get inspired to harness their creativity and tell their own stories!
Here's a sample of my day's schedule at your school:
(actual schedule will be flexible, according to your needs)
3 Assemblies (one at 30 minutes, two at 45 minutes each)
Lunch with the teachers
2 Classroom visits (30 minutes each)
I autograph and personalize books you've purchased.
My fun, interactive assemblies are popular with kids of all ages and backgrounds. Teachers like them, too! In my PowerPoint slideshow, I highlight my Cuban-American background, as well as my process of illustrating and my inspiration for writing my bilingual picture books. After the slideshow, I do a lively, interactive drawing demo, featuring characters from my books. Finally, I do a raffle of the two oversized drawings.
I involve student volunteers at key points in my presentations.
In a more personal, small group setting, students and teachers have an opportunity to ask me questions and see original artwork from my books. In these low-tech presentations (no PowerPoint), I do a read aloud of one of my books, I share the three stages of making a picture book from the illustrator's perspective (here I show a book dummy and original paintings), and finally, I do a lively, interactive drawing demo featuring characters from the book. The classroom sessions can include up to two classes at a time.
My after-hours presentation at your school includes a PowerPoint slideshow or a read aloud of one of my books, combined with a show-and-tell of my original artwork and book dummies, depending on the group size and your preference. As always, I do my interactive drawing demo, followed by a raffle of two oversized drawings. (You provide cookies and milk!)
*Laura's presentations can be in English, Spanish, or a combination of the two.
Laura is available for school, library, bookstore, conference, and book fair presentations. She is also available for virtual visits via Skype!
- January 29: Book Talk Tea, Grant R. Brimhall Library, Thousand Oaks, CA
- March 2: McKevett Elementary School, Santa Paula, CA
- March 30: CABE 2017, Anaheim, CA
- April 6: Fairview Library (SMPL), Santa Monica, CA
- April 8: Felipe de Neve Library (LAPL), Los Angeles, CA
- January 26: Perry Elementary School, Huntington Beach, CA
- January 26: Huntington Beach Authors Festival, Central Library, HB, CA
- April 7: Santa Monica Library (SMPL-main branch), Santa Monica, CA
- April 30: The Library Store, Central Library (LAPL), Los Angeles, CA
- May 6: Santa Monica Montessori School, Santa Monica, CA
- July 14: Benjamin Franklin Library (LAPL), Boyle Heights, CA
- August 13: Pacoima Library (LAPL), Pacoima, CA
- September 12: KOREH-LA, Mendez High School, Los Angeles, CA
- October 1: Fall Into Literacy–United Way Children’s Bk. Fest, Wilmington, CA
- November 6: Good Dirt LA, Mar Vista, CA
- November 17: Children's Community School, Van Nuys, CA
- January 13: Mar Vista Library (LAPL), Los Angeles, CA
- January 27: Carden Conservatory Elementary School, Huntington Beach, CA
- January 27: Huntington Beach Authors Festival, Central Library, HB, CA
- March 5-6: Reading Rock Stars (Texas Library Assoc.), Rio Grande Valley, TX
- April 30: Read Conmigo, Cardenas Elementary School, Van Nuys, CA
- October 10: Fall Into Literacy–United Way Children’s Bk. Fest., Wilmington, CA
- December 16: John Muir Elementary School, Santa Monica, CA
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