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Great age-appropriate presentation and strategies to encourage audience participation. Our heavily bilingual audience loved making the sound effects and was engaged the entire time. Perfect length and format for this age group/audience.
Heather Stephens, Elementary Librarian, Austin ISD
We were so fortunate to have Chris speak at the 44th Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival! Chris was an entertaining and engaging speaker who kept the crowd of librarians, teachers, educators, and writers interested during both the informational parts of his presentation and the fun parts, too. He was flexible and dynamic and both festival organizers and attendees would highly recommend him for your next speaking engagement!
Karen Rowell, The University of Southern Mississippi
The participants were uniformly enthusiastic about their workshop experience with Chris. ... From an administrative point of view, Chris was also a total pleasure to work with. He was responsive, flexible, gracious and thoroughly professional.
Emma Walton Hamilton, Director, Southampton Children's Literature Conference
You have a fantastic and natural repertoire with kids and had them engaged throughout the presentation. ... I would definitely recommend you to other librarians and/or schools looking for an author visit!
Rachel Salvaggio, Teen Services Librarian, Austin Public Library
One of the most inspiring moments was when Chris explained that writing children's books was not his original goal as an author -- he stumbled across an obituary of Bob Switzer and was inspired to write about him. What a wonderful way to answer the question, "Why is writing important?" So we can remember those who inspire us and their life stories.
Cindy Modrall, Language Arts Teacher, Leander ISD
Chris gave an outstanding presentation to Austin SCBWI. He motivated everyone in the crowd to go home and write picture book biographies, and the bibliography he provided was outstanding. I highly recommend him as a speaker for any type of children's literature event.
Tim Crow, Former Regional Advisor, Austin Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
"Write what you know," the saying goes. But based on my experiences with both playful picture books and rigorously researched nonfiction, I encourage audiences to improve their own writing by giving the not-yet-known a try. This presentation is flexible and can include a reading of your choice from any of my books. I wrote more about this for Nerdy Book Club.
Advice from the author of The Day-Glo Brothers and The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch on what makes for great nonfiction projects and how to get those projects through the gatekeepers (agents, editors, librarians) and into the hands and hearts of readers.
Yes, it was published in 2010. But to kids just now discovering Shark Vs. Train, it's a new book. For fans new and old, I offer inside information about how this book came to be, how I came to be the guy who wrote it, and how it exemplifies the role a writing community has played in my life ever since childhood.
The audience and I discuss how Day-Glo inventors Bob and Joe Switzer managed to work together despite their differences, and how Shark and Train have a lot in common despite their conflicts. Followed by a reading of Shark Vs. Train and a viewing of outtakes from the book.
Whatever you're passionate about, there's somebody in that field whose life story would be best told by you. I'll help you figure out who in the world that person is and what on earth you should do about it.
I started off not knowing anything about daylight fluorescence or children's publishing. But I had a story I believed in, and — 23 rejections and lots of revisions later — it all worked out.
Prepare the kids. The more that students know ahead of time about me and about my books, the more they'll anticipate my visit, the more attentive they'll be during my presentation, and the more substantial their questions for me will be.
Allow plenty of time. Trust me — I won't expect pre-K students to sit still for a full hour. But the more time we have together — after the kids are seated and before they stand up to leave — the more I can truly engage with your students without having to rush through my presentation.
Have books available for me to sign. This is not a requirement. But I do find that adults who have lots of books in their lives sometimes overlook how special — inspiring, even — it can be to a child to own one particular book signed by a real-life author (or "arthur") who they actually met at their actual school.