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
Ginjer L. Clarke
"Fun but not fluff, educational but entertaining." Ginjer Clarke's approach to literacy is to meet kids where they are, both with her writing and her programs. She has had more than 30 nonfiction science books published with Penguin Random House and more than 3 million copies sold worldwide, and she has presented in hundreds of schools beginning in 2005. Her beginning readers are full of silly facts and exciting action, but they also encourage critical thinking, introduce complex science concepts in accessible ways, and serve as a model for students' research. Ginjer's programs likewise are lively, interactive, and amusing while covering the book process, addressing many curriculum-relevant topics, and engaging students in writing and revisions exercises. She makes the idea of being an author attainable and attractive, and encourages students to be citizen scientists.
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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 book Dinosaur Train 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. Schools in 33 states and 5 countries have invited John to share his work. He discusses his writing inspirations and his illustration process, which includes 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, generally pre-k to 6th. Then he switches gears and the session gets interactive. John draws some pictures and leads the audience in drawing some cartoons of their own.
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