Contact Jennifer to request a school or library visit! (firstname.lastname@example.org/410.626.7657)
When I’m researching, my reporter gene kicks into high gear. I find out as much as I can about a specific wild animal; problems that are affecting them; and the ways in which even the littlest children can help them. Then, I try to find a good way to teach kids about these animals and the issues in a “once upon a time” setting. I like to spin tales for children that excite, entertain and educate; but, I do realize that if I preach, I may lose my young audience. Therefore, I try to engage them with interesting details and suspense about what might happen next. Thanks to the fabulous artists with whom I’ve been paired, the beautiful, realistic illustrations help seal the deal.
While I’m always happy to customize programs and to work with teachers to meet specific needs, I do offer “standard” presentations for groups, classes, and whole school assemblies. Each offers a “behind the book” look at my research so that students clearly understand how I gather and learn scientific information and then select the details for my stories. I use vivid photos during a PowerPoint presentation (and bring a live terrapin when I discuss the Turtles book) before reading the book with the students so that they can see and hear how I choose that information and combine it with my imagination to write realistic fiction.
As the writing process and an understanding of research becomeintegral to our young students’ curriculum, I find I have more and more to talk about with students each year! While I’m always happy to customize programs and to work with educators to meet specific needs, I offer “standard” presentations and author-in-residences for groups, classes, and whole school assemblies.
A look “behind the book” at my research helps students clearly understand how I gather and learn scientific information and then select details for realistic fiction and creative nonfiction. I often use vivid photos of my research (including photos from wildlife rehabilitation clinics, zoos, and sanctuaries) during a PowerPoint presentation; and, I bring a live terrapin with me when I discuss Turtles In My Sandbox. Sessions conclude with reading of one of my books so that students can see and hear how I choose information and combine it with my imagination to write my books.
Visits can include interview with animal experts like wildlife rehabilitators Kathy Woods and Victoria Campbell and with illustrator Laura Jacques.
Please email me (email@example.com) or call me (410.626.7657) to request a date or for more information.