Connections for Teachers
I love sharing my books and writing
experiences with elementary school children.
In my presentation:
I take students with me on a photo journey
as I research pandas in China's Wolong Preserve, tigers and their prey
in India and Nepal, and cheetahs in South Africa.
I tell them about my six-year struggle to
get TIGER MATH from initial idea to published book.
I show how I blend real-life experiences
with imaginary ones to create fictional stories.
I emphasize how important good research and
revision are in the writing process.
After my presentation at a local school, a
"I learned you have to rewrite
something seven times."
Yes, I have had to rewrite some of my books
at least seven times before they were published. Teachers have reported
that students are less resistant to rewriting after they have heard my
talk. Another student wrote,
"I think your presentation was very
Usually presentations are boring,
but yours was fun and exciting."
Wow! That made my day!
I speak to students in elementary schools, in small or large groups.
I bring my own laptop computer and a small digital projector. Because I give a
PowerPoint presentation, I need
Presentations of 45 minutes work best,
followed by a time for questions and signing books. For older groups, I
can go into more detail on the researching and the writing process. The
maximum number of presentations I will give in one day is four.
For my fee and other details, contact me at