LITERACY TALKS for students age 7-10.
Each session lasts 45-minutes - no more than three sessions per visit.

CREATIVE WRITING sessions for students age 11 and up.
One session will last two-hours - one session per visit.

  1. Author Visit . Literacy Talk and Creative Writing Workshop
    Schafer Elementary Lombard, Illinois Today was Schafer's Literacy Night and I was fortunate enough to come in to read and share with the students in their Literacy Day. We talked through reading strategies, themes, characters, and the writing process. I also conducted a WRITING WORK SHOP and s LITERACY TALK during the school day.
  2. Donation . Mended Little Hearts of Chicago
    Mended Hearts of Chicago Clarendon Hills, Illinois Proud to have donated 100 books to Mended Little Hearts of Chicago for their BRAVERY BAG project for all of the little warriors in their care. What a wonderful cause and organization. For more information:
  3. Author Visit . Literacy Talk
    Riverwood Elementary McHenry, Illinois I was the visiting author for the school's READ, RUN and FUN Day. We discussed the importance of literacy and ways to approach reading, as well as different reading strategies. We also shared what inspires us to read and write and, lastly, how to bring inspiration to reality through the writing process.
  4. Creative Writing Workshop
    Lincoln Prairie Elementary Lake in the Hills, Illinois The fifth graders and I spent the day learning the elements and structure of the short story before drafting a character and bringing him to life in an original story. Each student was able to create his own take on his own character and then work through editing for a completed draft for his class writing project.
  5. All Children's Titles Now Available in Spanish
    All titles have been translated into Spanish and can be found on These books have been used in ESL classes to help students feel at ease in assimilating to their peers and receiving strong messages in the process.
  6. Author Visit . Literacy Talk
    Lincoln Prairie Elementary Lake in the Hills, Illinois I came in for LITERACY NIGHT to speak with both parents and students about the importance of reading and writing and fostering an excitement and love of each. I read 'PIRATE BEAR' to the students and we interacted and shared throughout.
  7. Author Visit . Literacy Talk
    Country Trails Elementary Burlington, Illinois I had the opportunity to come in and speak with the kindergarten through fifth grade classes about literacy. I read them 'PIRATE BEAR' and discussed reading strategies and bringing their writing to life via the writing process.
  8. Creative Writing Worshop
    Lincoln Prairie Elementary Lake in the Hills, Illinois For the second straight school year, I was able to work with the fifth graders through a FICTION creative writing workshop. This year I prefaced the unit that they would be working on the following week. We discussed the structure and elements of a good story, and then we developed a character and each student created his own piece of fiction. A very creative and successful day!

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