Author and Illustrator
|Books:||Author as well as the illustrator for Max the duck series:
Duck at the Door, Duck Soup, Duck and Cover, and Sitting Duck
Harper Collins has published 2 Easy Readers based on characters in this series: Happy Go Ducky and Ducks in a Row
Also illustrator of books for other authors, including:
|Fee:||Please email for more information and to discuss your school's needs.|
|Availability:||I am willing to travel both inside Maryland and out of state for my visits. I most frequently speak to younger students from kindergarten through 5th grade. However I am comfortable speaking to older students and I’ve spoken at conferences for adults as well.|
|Features:||My talks are tailored to different age levels. For my presentations I use a PowerPoint slide show as well as props. I read one or two stories, with dramatic flair. Sometimes I sing. I enjoy hamming it up for my audiences. My books are all humorous, and talking to audiences brings out the comedian in me. I also draw for the students and ask them to help me with the drawings. I'm always looking for ways to get the students involved and to pass on some tidbit to them about writing and illustrating their own stories. I especially like talking to them about mistakes and how important it is to make them.
My presentations cover topics like:
>Duck Books: How the Max the Duck books came to be, the behind-the-scenes story of the books and my life. This includes pictures and
>Creating Story and Drawing Workshop: This is a hands-on workshop for students 3rd grade or older. This is a 2-3 hour workshop. I present a traditional story based on a folk or fairy tale. Then each student writes his/her own version of the story and learns about creating a character to go with it.
>Being a Professional Illustrator/Author: I show the audience art from my books. I talk to them about what art is, what careers are in the arts, how the arts impact our lives. I talk about what experiences influenced my becoming an artist as well as influenced the kinds of stories I tell. I show more detailed information about the process of creating a character and a book. This talk is meant for 4th grade and older.
Please visit my website to see more detailed descriptions of these presentations.
|I have a BFA from the Maryland Institute of Art and I've been working as a professional illustrator for over 30 years. I authored my first book (Duck at the Door) in 2007. Over the last ten years I've been speaking to children and adults at schools, libraries and conferences all over the country.|
|Awards:||Duck at the Door and Duck Soup - New York Times Bestseller; chosen by Kohl’s in 2010 for Kohl’s Cares for Kids Campaign (special edition printing with plush toys of Max and Duck and Brody the Dog)
Duck Soup - Oprah Winfrey's Book Club for Kids List, Bank Street Best Children’s Book,
No Sleep for the Sheep - Bank Street Best Children's Book, Texas 2x2 Reading List
Grandma Lena's Big 'Ol Turnip - Aesop AccoladesMany of my books have been nominated for state reading lists in Nebraska, Arizona, Nevada, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Texas, Virginia, South Carolina and Illinois.