D I R E C T O R Y O F A U T H O R S & I L L U S T R A T O R S
Want a presenter to help your students make sense of the Covid-19 pandemic? Bryn is the author and illustrator of four award-winning Random House books for elementary through high school readers: Outbreak: Plagues that Changes History, Dangerous Planet, The Genius of Islam, The New Ocean and the forthcoming Problem Solved. His riveting virtual and live presentations and workshops on plagues, disasters, climate change, ocean acidification, plastics pollution, inventions and the impact of Islam on the West will have your students asking for more. Since 2010, Bryn has visited schools, universities, World Affairs Councils, and mosques in North America, and over 30 international schools in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
"Bar none, I found him to be the most thought provoking and inspiring presenter we have seen in years."
Mitch Masters, 5th Grade teacher, Graland Country Day School, Denver
"The students still talk about Bryn's lecture and book two years later and say that it was the best presentation they have ever had the pleasure of experiencing."
Suzie Jekel, 9th Grade Biology Teacher, Colorado Academy
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Brian P. Cleary
Brian P. Cleary, poet and author of the best-selling Words are Categorical books grew up reading the bouncy rhymes of Dr. Seuss. A frustrated student and reluctant learner, Brian daydreamed from class to class until being introduced to poetry in elementary school. Intrigued, he set on a course to explore the wonder of words.
Author of more than 50 children's books, with 3 million sold, Cleary has written several books explaining grammar (A Mink a Fink, A Skating Rink; What is a Noun?) many poetry books (Rainbow Soup and If it Rains Pancakes), along with books on math, social studies and even computer coding.
Brian P. Cleary's work has been compared to the likes of Dr. Seuss, while his books of poetry and puns have been honored alongside the works of Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein. His poetry has been anthologized with Jack Prelutsky's, Kenn Nesbitt's, and Lemony Snicket's. Presentations, workshops and in-services for grades K-8. Fondly known as the "Word Nerd," Brian lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
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David Greenberg presents two different assemblies:
1/ Poetry Assemblies are based on his superbly-reviewed poetry picture books (Slugs, Bugs!, Skunks!, Snakes!, Crocs!, Don't Forget Your Etiquette, Enchanted Lions, etc). These visually rich assemblies are fun, funny, inspirational. They emphasize the qualities that make writing effective. Children depart saying "I want to be a writer when I grow up!" All grades.
2/ Civil Rights Assemblies are based on his novel A Tugging String (winner of the 2008 Oregon Spirit Award, finalist for the 2008 Oregon Book Award) which tells the gripping story of Greenberg's dad who was chief lawyer for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (and who helped argue Brown v Board). This deeply moving, graphically rich assembly describes the issues, attitudes, personalities, events associated with King's history-changing Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights March in which Greenberg's dad played a crucial role. It makes the civil rights movement spring to life and shows just how pertinent it is today. Greenberg connects it to issues of bullying and personal responsibility. Grades 3 & up.
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John Steven Gurney
John Steven Gurney's books are all over your library shelves. He is the author and illustrator of the picture books Dinosaur Train and The Bossy Pirate, and the Fuzzy Baseball graphic novel series. He has illustrated many of America's best loved chapter book series, including The A to Z Mysteries, The Bailey School Kids, and The Calendar Mysteries. Every illustration tells a story, but how? How does a book get published? What is the editor's job? Schools in 32 states and 5 countries have invited John to share his work and answer these questions. He takes the audience through his illustration development process, including visual research, sketch development, and painting. John's presentation is informative and often quite funny, and he adapts it for the age of the audience. Then John switches gears and the session gets interactive. Volunteers from the audience experience what it's like to pose for an illustration. John answers questions and draws some cartoons. But the highlight is when John leads the audience in "draw-along" activities.
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Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, is an author and clinical psychologist, based in Princeton, NJ. Her most recent book for children is Growing Friendships: A Kids' Guide to Making and Keeping Friends. She has also written or co-authored four books for parents: Kid Confidence, Smart Parenting for Smart Kids, The Unwritten Rules of Friendship, and What's My Child Thinking? She's the professor for The Great Courses audio-video series Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids.
A trusted expert on children's social-emotional learning, Dr. Kennedy-Moore frequently speaks at schools and conferences. Her presentations for kids, parents, or teachers, are lively, interactive, and full of do-able solutions. Dr. Kennedy-Moore has been a featured guest on The TODAY SHOW, Good Day Philadelphia, and dozens of major radio shows, and she has been quoted in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Real Simple, Working Mother, Family Circle, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Chicago Tribune. Her blog on Psychology Today has over 3 million views. She and her husband have four children.
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