Author/Illustrator, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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My nonfiction picture books celebrate nature:

Fantastic Flowers

Spectacular Spots: Magníficas manchas

Stripes of All Types: Rayas de todas las tallas

Bring On the Birds

Fabulous Fishes

Carry Me! Animal Babies on the Move

Nature's Paintbrush: The Patterns and Colors Around You

Some Sleep Standing Up

Fee: $700 for one presentation, $850 for two and $1000 for three.

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Availability: Ages Pre K - Adult.  I present at schools (usually grades K-5), libraries, conferences and other venues.
Features: The Making of a Picture Book

I love demonstrating to students how I research, write and illustrate my nonfiction picture books. I do so via props and a PowerPoint format. Students learn every step of my bookmaking process, including the importance of meticulous research and draft revision; how to add sparkle to their writing with strong verbs, vivid adjectives and synonyms, and rich alliteration; how my illustrations evolve; and amazing facts about flora and fauna, the theme of my books. I encourage them to create books of their own!

My interactive program is tailored to the occasion and audience. It fully supports the Common Core and STEAM curricula, seamlessly integrating language arts, visual arts, science and geography.

Here is what the teachers say:

"Her presentation was as inspirational as it was informative."
Donna Jonte, University Park Elementary, Hyattsville, MD

"A marvelous guest author/illustrator for any elementary school group of children."
Jeff Brewster, International School of Brussels, Belgium


"Her freshness of approach, honesty and enthusiasm enchanted the children."
Ann Edmonds, The Galloway School, Atlanta, GA

She provided a wonderful learning experience on how a children's book is created." 
Beth Shapiro, Maryland Association of School Librarians Annual Conference


"Weeks later, teachers were still talking about her outstanding program." Louise Simone, The Sheridan School, Washington, DC

Beyond Books: What I Have Learned About Licensing Artwork

I have licensed my book illustrations for use in 10 commercial products including puzzles, notecards and wall calendars. In this “nuts and bolts” session, I provide an overview of product categories for licensing, from greeting cards to bedding; resources for identifying prospective licensing companies; and tips on how artists can pitch their work to them. Attendees receive a handout on how to create an effective promotional piece for potential licensees.
Awards: ALA Notable Children's Book

Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year (starred review)

California Reading Association Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Gold Award

Capitol Choice Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens

Chicago Public Library Best of the Best List

Cooperative Children's Book Center Highly Commended Book

Cybil's Literary Award Nominee

Junior Library Guild selection

NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12

Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award

Patterson Prize for Books for Young People

Science Books & Films Best Book for Children

Smithsonian Institution Curators' Choice

Society of Illustrators Original Art Exhibition



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