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Bryn Barnard

Bryn Barnard
Want a presenter to inspire critical thinking and make science history come alive in your classroom? Bryn is the author and illustrator of four award-winning Random House books for elementary to high school readers: Outbreak, Dangerous Planet, The Genius of Islam, The New Ocean and the forthcoming This Changes Everything! His riveting virtual and live classroom visits, assemblies and workshops on creativity, inventions, pandemics, natural disasters, climate change, and the connections between Islamic civilization and the West will have your students asking for more. Since 2010, Bryn has visited schools, universities, World Affairs Councils and public health summits 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

"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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David Greenberg

David Greenberg
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
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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Jeff Mondak

Jeff Mondak
Get ready to dance! Get ready to sing! Illinois-based poet and songwriter Jeff Mondak's programs educate and entertain. Featuring poems from his book The Toy Box Ate My Brother (2016), and accompanied by musician Jordan Kaye or Sergio Wals, Jeff combines discussion of poetry and songwriting with sheer foot-stomping, hand-clapping fun. After reviewing techniques for writing good poems, you'll learn about the relationship between poetry and songwriting, culminating in a raucous concert including songs such as "The Rock and Roll Hop" and "Pluto's Not a Planet Anymore." Jeff's poems appear in anthologies such as One Minute Till Bedtime, My Teacher's in Detention, I Hope I Don't Strike Out, and Rolling in the Aisles. Jeff's songs appear on several CDs including Mick Brady's Triple the Pickle, and Jeff's songs have aired on NPR's All Things Considered, the Dr. Demento Show, and many children's music radio programs.

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Laurence Pringle

Laurence Pringle
Inspire students to grow as writers, and as readers, and also to laugh, when Laurence Pringle visits your school. Yes, Larry can be funny but he also nurtures research, writing, and editing skills, and excites interest in reading. His programs (as many as 6 per day, tailored to a wide range of grades), can reinforce CCSS standards, and help students understand informational texts.

Larry is one of the nation's most popular and honored authors of nonfiction for children, winner of several major lifetime achievement awards. His 121st and 122nd books were published in 2021. Some recent highly-praised titles: Dolphins! Strange and Wonderful, ICE! The Amazing History of the Ice Business, and The Secret Life of the Sloth. Creating all of these books gives Larry a wealth of wisdom and practical advice to share with students.

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Ann McCallum Staats

Ann McCallum Staats
Ann McCallum Staats is the author of several award-winning books for children, including titles in the Women of Power series and the Eat Your Homework series. She offers stimulating presentations in math and science (grades 1-5), self-esteem and empowerment (grades 6-12), and writing workshops for all ages. A teacher for over two decades, she knows how to entice audiences and turn tricky topics into inspirational and fun learning experiences. She has been featured on T.V. and radio and has spoken to audiences large and small as well as for all ages. Whether captivating kids with the mysteries of math, science, or history, or enthralling audiences with stories of motivational role-models, Ann's programs attract and encourage. In addition to subject-specific events, Ann also offers author workshops and educator training. She is highly flexible and works to adapt each presentation to the specific needs of her audience. Ann's programs spark a love of learning and leave a lasting impact!

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