Author Washington, DC
Website: www.laurakraussmelmed.com
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Books: (Picture books for various ages from 5 to 9, illustrated by a bevy of amazing artists, including Jim LaMarche, Frané Lessac, and Henri Sorensen) Capital! Washington D.C from A to Z, New York, New York! The Big Apple from A to Z, This First Thanksgiving Day, The Rainbabies, I Love You As Much, Moishe's Miracle, My Love Will Be with You, Heart of Texas, A Lone Star ABC, Little Oh, Eight Winter Nights, Hurry! Hurry! Have You Heard? A Hug Goes Around, The Marvelous Market on Mermaid, Prince Nautilus, The First Song Ever Sung, Jumbo’s Lullaby
Trailers: Heart of Texas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1_3espvvrw

Hurry, Hurry, Have You Heard?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyeeH-4dROI

New York! New York! The Big Apple from A to Z
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6zDYrM_cqM

Fee: Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Laura to discuss your needs.
Availability: Pre-school through Grade 5
Features: Laura’s presentations are lively, hands-on, and tailored to students’ age and grade levels.  Please choose one of the following:

From Light Bulb to Book
Grades K-4
Up to 60 children per session
About 45 minutes
This presentation tailored to grade level describes the creation of a picture book from the birth of an idea through writing, illustrating, and revision to completion. Visuals include (messy) manuscript pages, artist's sketches, editor's comments, revisions, galleys, and proofs. For nonfiction books Laura discusses the research process. Along the way, props, puppets and guessing games invite participation.

Poems with Wings
Grades 3-5
Up to 30 children per workshop
50-60 minutes
This writing workshop uses group brainstorming and creative imaging to help children give voice to the poetry within them.

Let’s Start From the Very Beginning
Grades K-2
One primary class per workshop
About 40 minutes

Even the youngest author can keep a reader or listener on the edge of the seat wondering what happens next.
One primary class per workshop
About 40 minutes

Even the youngest author can keep a reader or listener wondering what happens next. Through vivid examples and plumbing the wellspring of imagination, children will learn how to structure a story with a beginning, middle and end. We’ll finish by putting our heads together to create a story of our own.

Awards:
  • ALA Notable Award
  • National Jewish Book Award
  • Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
  • Parent's Choice Award
  • Oppenheim Gold Award
  • Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Master List
  • Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start Award
  • Bologna International Book Fair Graphics Award
  • Best Book, Working Mother Magazine
  • Best Book, Child Magazine
  • Best Book, Denver Post
  • American Bookseller Pick of the Lists

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