School Visits

Do you want to inspire your students to be creative thinkers? Katrina presents new ideas and creative strategies to spark your students’ imaginations. At a school or library presentation, she reads her books and then shows the process of creating a book from rough drafts of writing and pencil sketches to finished story and colorful artwork. Children are motivated and empowered to become writers and artists themselves.

Booking

An author/illustrator visit provides an experience for your students that they won’t forget! Tailored to your classroom grade level, Katrina will get children to put their imaginations into overdrive to come up with new ideas using out-of-the-box thinking. Build her visit into a unit on reading, writing, or drawing, or have her come as a special guest for an hour that your students will remember all year!

  • Katrina is also available to sign books and meet students and teachers informally.

  • Children are motivated and empowered
    to become writers and artists themselves.

  • Students and teachers are welcome to ask questions about the process.

“Thank you so much for sharing your books here at Caroline. It’s a great opportunity for students to see the creative process in action. I look forward to more visits in the future!”Milly S., elementary school librarian
Choose from these presentations/workshops:

Author/Illustrator Visit and Discussion

For each session with students Katrina starts by reading her book “At Home with Books,” then asks students “What happens next?” in the stories the Bear Family reads.
 
She talks about different types of writing styles and subjects (fairy tales, non-fiction, fantasy, and rhyming text) and emphasizes creative thinking, customizing the discussion for the grade level of the students in attendance.

The presentation ends with a reading of her book “It Began with a Song” and she shows sketches and finished illustrations from the book. Children can bend, stretch, and move to the story and get their wiggles out! If there is time for a second reading of the book, students can consider the themes of friendship, cooperation, and respecting differences that are threaded through the story.

Students and teachers are welcome to ask questions about the writing, illustrating, and printing process.

 Each student walks away with ideas for their own writing and illustrating.

Katrina is also available to sign books and meet students and teachers informally.

Recommended for Pre-K through 2nd grade.

Sessions are about 40 min. for 1st and 2nd grades, 30 minutes for Pre-K and K


To purchase “At Home with Books” visit: www.familyreading.org

To purchase up to 9 copies of “It Began with a Song” you can order through Amazon.com. For local purchases of 10 or more copies, contact Katrina for a discounted rate.

 

For school visits Katrina prefers to talk to groups of no more than 100 at a time so that everyone can participate. Actual sketches and artwork can be shown to small groups. For larger groups, students can see materials via a PowerPoint presentation (computer and projector provided by school.)

RATES:
1 hour, within 30 miles of Ithaca, NY: $250
3 hours, within 50 miles of Ithaca, NY: $500
6 hour day, within 50 miles of Ithaca, NY: $750
Out of the area, add travel expenses and contact Katrina.

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Imagination Stretcher: Writing Workshop

In “At Home with Books,” there are four different books that the Bear Family reads that are beginnings of stories. Katrina first reads “At Home with Books” and then brainstorms with children about the possible “stories within the story.”

Children will then spend time writing their own stories and share them with the class. Emphasis is on imaginative thought and the unique ideas of each student.


Time: 1 hour

Size: one class

Ages: grades 1-3

Materials needed: paper and pencils


RATES: within 30 miles of Ithaca, NY: $250 
Out of the area, add travel expenses and contact Katrina.

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Draw Me a Story Workshop

Beginning with a read-aloud of “It Began with a Song,” Katrina asks students to notice the many types of animals depicted in the story. She then gives a demonstration of how to draw animals using basic shapes like circles, ovals, rectangles and triangles. Students will draw their own animals and then write a caption for their illustration, as if it were an illustration for a book.


Time: 1.5 hour

Size: one class

Ages: grades 1-3

Materials needed: paper and pencils


RATES: within 30 miles of Ithaca, NY: $300 
Out of the area, add travel expenses and contact Katrina.

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Book Extension Activities

Bring any book to life with activities about the story’s theme, plot, or characters as a classroom activity. Find activity ideas on the Kids page and Parents page that you can do with your students after you’ve read “At Home with Books” or “It Began with a Song.”

If you’ve planned an an author/illustrator visit with Katrina, build excitement by reading the books and doing a few activities as a class before the visit.