Children's Literature Specialist: Columbia, MD
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Books: The Witch Catcher; Daphne's Book; Wait Til Helen Comes; The Dead Man in Indian Creek; The Doll in the Garden; Time for Andrew; Stepping on the Cracks; Following My Own Footsteps; As Ever, Gordy; Anna All Year Round; Anna on the Farm; Promises to the Dead; Hear the Wind Blow; The Old Willis Place
Fee: My honorarium is $1000 per day, plus expenses. If the trip is local and doesn't require overnight lodging, my honorarium is $800.00. This amount is negotiable if it's a school I visit regularly.
Availability: I'm willing to do 4 presentations a day -- if lunch is provided between the 2nd and 3rd session (talking makes me hungry). Lunch can be a special event in the library with a dozen or so kids who are motivated readers and/or writers.
Features: My presentations are 45 - 60 minutes. I begin with a 20 minute introduction (how I became a writer. . . .) and spend the remaining time answering questions. Like most writers, I insist the kids be familiar with at least one of my books.

I prefer groups small enough to gather in the media center. I hate gyms! 3rd through 6th graders are my favorites. 7th and 8th graders are tricky. If I present to adolescents, I like them to be selected on the basis of their interest in reading and writing. The whole 7th or 8th grade is not the best audience.

Sometimes I need an overhead and a microphone. I always need water and a table -- a tall stool is nice, too.

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