Author visits

Diane deGroat and Shelley Rotner have prepared programs that are informative, educational and entertaining, suitable for schools, libraries, corporations, or fundraisers. Dog lovers, baseball lovers—and everyone else—can inquire about programs geared to any age and interest. Their PowerPoint presentations usually start with a reading, followed by a step-by-step explanation of how the Silly Dog Books were made.  How did we get those braces on the dog’s teeth?  How about those baseball uniforms?  One or both authors can be booked for an event or signing.In addition to the above program, both Diane and Shelley have individual programs based on their award winning books:
Diane deGroat:
“For grades K and 1 I will start with a reading of one of my Gilbert books. I’ve scanned the pages and can project the art as I read the story, so that all the children can see the pictures. I then add a small PowerPoint program about the Gilbert books. For grades 2 and up my PowerPoint presentation explains everything you’ve ever wanted to know about children’s book illustration, beginning with a tour of my studio as I explain materials and equipment. You’ll learn how an illustration is conceived, sketched, and painted, step-by-step. How do I find my models? What kind of research do I use? (picture files, books, photos, computers, taxidermy!) How has modern technology changed my style of working? An overview of the writing process is also included, as well as explaining the importance of an editor’s role.”  See for more information.
Shelley Rotner:
Author visits can be adapted to reflect school curriculum with input from teachers or librarians. For her presentations, Ms. Rotner shares an autobiographical piece that tells how she became a children’s book author and photo-illustrator. Her multi-cultural book content resonates for diverse populations. Her work inspires children to make discoveries about their world and their feelings. Clear, colorful photos are matched with simple, concise text.  A PowerPoint presentation takes the audience through themes that encourage interaction. For older grades she explains the bookmaking process from idea to conception; including prototypes, layouts, and different design options.
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