|Author: Northern Virginia
|Books:||The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School (GP Putnam’s Sons, 2011)
The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck (GP Putnam’s Sons, 2013)
The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas (Putnam, 2015)
The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo (Putnam, August 2016)For fun printables, activities, and teacher’s guides, please visit www.LauraMurrayBooks.com.
For more detailed information about my recent books and upcoming books, please visit www.LauraMurrayBooks.com.
|Availability:||Preschool -- 6th grade, adult groups (librarians, reading specialists, teachers, parents)
SKYPE visits as well.
|Features:||Laura writes picture books and and is currently writing a middle-grade novel. She is a former teacher, and her presentations are fun, lively, interactive, and educational. She strives to make sure that students not only enjoy the presentations, but that they also come away with new ideas and knowledge to apply to their own creativity, reading, and writing. Using Power Point, visuals, rhythms, and props, each presentation helps children understand that they too have the imagination, creativity, and skills to create -- whether their creations and ideas become amazing stories, incredible drawings, new inventions, or something else entirely!
"I’ve been teaching for over 20 years, and this was one of the best presentations I’ve ever seen. It hits all of the 'hot spots'!
“Thank you so much for your outstanding presentation! The teachers and students were in awe over your energy and enthusiasm.”
“The presentation informed the students of the process of writing while simultaneously entertaining them and the staff. I would certainly recommend both the book and author signing/presentation to schools and writers alike. It was very insightful and delightful!”
“After meeting you via Skype, the students took your advice and started writing new stories. Their imaginations were rolling. How wonderful! One of my students asked me to send the writing contest information to his mother because he really wants to enter. It was absolutely amazing how your talk inspired them to write even more. Normally when we finish writing, the students do peer editing and revising. We decided today that they should meet with multiple people until they think their story is the best it can be. We discussed again how you had to revise over 50 times to create your book. It was amazing to see the energy! It excites me to see what might happen as the year progresses! Thank you again! We will treasure this for a long time.”
“Great presentation—my entire class was engaged and eager to hear more. We loved the pictures and connection to your ideas at a young age, and the connection to the writing SOLs for my 5th graders. We also really liked how you showed the process of writing a book and the different stages.”
“It was an excellent presentation and I will definitely recommend you to fellow librarians. The kids were engaged and interested, and we loved the use of visuals and props! Many teachers commented on how much they enjoyed it as well, and they loved that you were a teacher too. Some of them mentioned that they would like to be an author someday, and it was great to see that it is possible!”
“My kids loved the engaging nature of your story telling—you are fabulous!”
“What a wonderful day! I am still getting glowing comments from teachers. I am also using things that you said and did in my own lessons. My first author visit with you sets an extremely high bar!”
|Resources:||School Visit Author Brochure (pdf):
Book Trailer - The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School - Great for classroom skills like prediction, sequencing, and inference.