School Visits

My School Visit Presentation is based on the theme of my most recent books and is geared towards Grades K-4. My presentation encompasses many literacy/writing concepts including writing narratives, the development and organization of a story and publishing their own writing. Many of my books are based on my own childhood or that of my children, further encouraging students to write from their own experiences. I do a maximum of three sessions a day which run about 50-55 minutes each. During free time, before or after sessions, I would be happy to sign books. 

School Year 2017-18 VISITS: Featured Book: Janine and the Field Day Finish.
STAND UP, INSPIRE, INCLUDE AND INVITE is the title of Maryann's 2017-18 presentation which is based on her books Janine and Janine and the Field Day Finish. This optimistic, engaging character and the books' story ideas were inspired by Maryann’s daughter Janine Leffler who bravely gave her mother permission to tell her story about her life as a child with disabilities. Both books are based on real incidents in which Janine was bullied, judged and excluded, only to use her dynamic personality to change the minds and hearts of others.

Through her program STAND UP AND INSPIRE, Maryann encourages all students (challenged or not) be empathic, become self-aware and increase their self esteem. This will allow them to make good decisions, stop bullying and promote leadership and advocacy and.... BE THEIR SPECTACULAR SELF.

Maryann and Janine hope to also help change public perception of children with disabilities, and increase awareness, inclusion and acceptance. In her presentations Maryann talks about the power of being different, and encourages all kids to stand up for themselves and others, love who they are, and be the best they can be. In her humorous and enlightening powerpoint presentation she also shows the creative process of making a book, talks about where ideas come from and highlights the artistic development through sketches to finish art of many books. Her program will leave children THINKING about what it means to be a friend, while encouraging them to write and illustrate their own stories. Maryann creates a drawing for the school and ends with a with a Question and Answer session.

STATS:  21% of children are bullied. (2016) 
Children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers. One study shows that 60 percent of students with disabilities report being bullied regularly.

Featured Books:
Janine and The Field Day Finish
Theo’s Mood
A Vacation for Pooch
Princess K.I.M. and the Lie That Grew

I will also speak about; 
Princess KIM and Too Much Truth 
Jack's Talent, Mr. Tanen's Ties,
Bus Route to Boston, Bravery Soup.

(I am open to featuring a requested favorite.)

Prepare- before I arrive:
Get the kids and staff excited! It is important to expose my books to your students prior to my visit. It will make for a more rewarding day. (Download free activity sheets from this website.)  

I request that you do not read the featured book(s) that I will be presenting to the children. Please keep grade levels somewhat together, (meaning, do not mix a fourth grade class with a first grade class, etc.) I request that the teachers remain present during my presentation so that they can later reinforce what is learned.
What I Need: Powerpoint Projector/computer set up, Screen for projection, Easel, Paper, Microphone

*My current fee is $1100.00 per day which consists of three- 50 minute sessions and a book signing (if requested.)   For local schools, I am willing to discuss half days.
Schools in New England which are over 1 hour commute from Amherst, NH add a $50.00 travel fee.
*Please contact me directly to discuss fees for school visits with more than a 1.5 hour commute or visits outside of New England. If a visit requires an overnight stay, expenses including hotel, travel and meals will be added to the fee.

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS, WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES: I am often invited to speak at Professional Conferences for Educators or Booksellers. My presentation topics are designed to fit my audience. In addition, I also offer workshops to aspiring Authors and Illustrators including, “The Path to  Children’s Book Publishing” and Portfolio reviews. With over 30 years in publishing and over 50 books published my presentations are informative and entertaining. Please contact me direct for more information and fees. 

It is not mandatory to sell my books during my visit, but if you wish to host a book sale, I would be happy to autograph the books.
When possible, please support your local bookstore. Most stores would be happy to host the event at your school and may even provide a discount. (More information about each book is on the BOOKS link. Click the book cover to get more information about the books and its ISBN numbers.)

If your school would like to handle the sale of books, you may contact the publishers listed below and they you will give the appropriate discount. MENTION AUTHOR VISIT
Publishers List:

Albert Whitman & Co. 1-847-232-2814
Janine and the Field Day Finish
•A Homemade Together Christmas
•Theo’s Mood
•Princess K.I.M. and the Lie that Grew
•Princess Kim and Too Much Truth
•The Peanut Free Cafe'
•Mr. Tanen's Ties Rule
•Mr. Tanen's Tie Trouble
•Mr. Tanen's Ties
•Bravery Soup
•Jungle Halloween

HarperCollins 1-800-242-7737
•Thanksgiving at the Tappletons’
•Rain Brings Frogs- A Little Book of Hope
•It's Halloween Night

Scholastic 1 800-Scholastic  (1800 724-6527)
•One Heart
•Let It Fall
•Let It Snow
•Let It Rain
•Let It Shine

Farrar Straus & Giroux 1-888-330-8477
 Jack’s Talent

Henry Holt (Christy O. Books) 1-888-330-8477
 A Vacation For Pooch   
Boyds Mills Press 1-800-949-7777
•Bus Route to Boston
•Clams All Year
•Wanda's Roses
•Jumping Day
•I Don't Want to Go to Camp
•My Backpack

Grosset & Dunlap 1-800-631-8571
•The Pilgrims and ME
•Dog Wash Day
•Calling All Cats
•Edgar Degas, Paintings that Dance
•Smart About the Presidents
•Smart About the Fifty States
•Princess for a Day
•Ice Cold Birthday
•Silly Willy
•Lots of Hearts

•The Big Snowball

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