A WEALTH OF WONDERFUL BOOKS (Totaling 122 titles including those below--mostly just from this century. All those listed published by Boyds Mills Press unless otherwise noted.)
Nearly all of the above books, plus a dozen more, are Accelerated Reader titles.
K-8 (even pre-K)
LENGTH OF PROGRAMS
About 30-35 minutes for K-1; 40-50 minutes for grades
Larry prefers to give up to 6 programs a day. This makes it possible for him to be with all grades, K-5 (or more). Also, it allows more personal interaction with students, and more kids have opportunities to participate.
All of his varied programs aim to nurture writing skills and excite interest in reading, and in biography, science, and other nonfiction literature. Teachers often remark that Larry's programs give them a wealth of teachable ideas on which to follow up. The programs reinforce education goals in the language arts in writing and reading (especially of informational literature). The many examples Larry provides from his books help students learn about the craft and structure of good writing, and the integration of knowledge and ideas that are key to good nonfiction writing. Students see how an author develops a topic with facts and details, based on solid research, then improves it by editing and revising. (And, by the way, Larry's programs also induce student laughter, chuckles, and grins!)
In programs for K and 1st grade, Larry celebrates reading "alone with a good book, you are never alone" and gives details of the fun of writing books about animals. It is fun to be curious, and to do research, meeting all sorts of experts (dolphins, bats, scorpions). A good book is a result of teamwork author, editor, expert, artist. Larry shows and describes examples of this teamwork in action. He also shows a few of the weird and wonderful items given to him because he writes many animal books. Time permitting, he reads one of his fiction picture book titles (revealing details about the book's writing along the way).
For grades 2 and up, programs feature a growing emphasis on the writing process the importance of a good beginning, solid research, and revising. The amount of participation by students also increases with older grades, as does the time allowed for Q & A. For grades 4 and up, usually a few minutes are devoted to a fun quiz: can anyone identify these fiction books upon hearing Larry quote their first sentences? This reinforces the importance of a strong beginning, to hook readers, and Larry also gives examples from nonfiction literature. Each program is enriched, and enlivened, by examples and stories about the creation of specific books and the teamwork of writer, expert, and artist whether the subject is bats, the Lewis and Clark expedition, or the life of a monarch butterfly or a sloth.
A WORD FROM LAURENCE PRINGLE
"If you asked me in third grade, or high school, or college, if I would ever write a book, my answer would have been a strong NO! Even at age 30, the same answer. Now I've had more than a hundred books published. I tell kids that the same thing could happen to them they may surprise themselves, their families, and the world with accomplishments that they do not yet dare to dream.
"Through the years I've learned quite a bit about the writing process, and I love sharing ideas with students. They are often surprised to learn that even an author of many books feels that writing can be hard work and is still trying to become a better writer."
$1,000 for a full day of up to 6 programs (full range of grades). Fees and travel costs may be added but can be lower for multiple school visits in the same area, or for schools within a reasonable driving distance of Larry's home in New York. School budgets vary a lot, so fees can be negotiated. In-person author visits have many strengths lacked by virtual visits (Skype, Zoom, etc.), but they are possible; total cost is usually less than that of in-person.
SET-UP AND EQUIPMENT NEEDS
Some schools choose to offer autographed books for purchase by students a challenging task to organize but one that kids and families appreciate. Larry provides an up-to-date list of in-print books and of publisher contact information. Books ordered for autographing get substantial publisher discounts. If time allows, Larry prefers to sign each book to each specific student's name. And, of course, he's happy to sign his books that are already in a school's library or classroom collections.
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