I was thrilled to do a Skype author visit with 120 kindergartners! They were well prepared having read the story ahead of time. They also came up with questions that the Media Specialist had collected ahead of time.
For such a young group, the teachers asked for a 20 minutes visit. The kids were great and were able to sit still and stay focused. I loved meeting them!
My Skype author visit portion is about 10 minutes with time for Q and A. During this time, I talk about my author journey as Sumo Joe was the very first picture book manuscript that I have ever written.
This is what I cover:
- How I got my idea
- How took my idea from notes in my phone to a picture book manuscript (revise)
- How I took a picture book writing class (revise with input from classmates and my teacher)
- How I entered a picture book competition (and I did NOT win)
- How I worked with editors from the picture book writing competition to revise about 10 more times
- How the illustrator drew the pictures separately from me.
I like to make it interactive, so I have the kids raise their hands as I read the different iterations of the manuscript when they recognize words from the Sumo Joe story.
–> I read my first rhymes when I got my idea. They all notice how my words do not make a story.
–> I read the book dummy of the manuscript that I entered into the picture book competition. It’s a little different from the final story.
–> I show them the PDF of the manuscript with illustrator drawings in blue pencil.
–> I show them the F&G (Folded and Gathered) book which is almost the final book but not bound.
I can do cover all this in 10 minutes for a young crowd like preschool and kindergarten, and 15 minutes for kids who are slightly older and want more detail.
I would love to meet with your school! My Skype visits are free and I am sending stickers for every child plus Sumo Squish Balls for adults while supplies last.
Please email me at email@example.com if you would like to set something up!
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