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Siy, Alexandra Author Visit: Mars Road Trip! Literature- Other,
Media- Photography,
Science
Images from my book, CARS ON MARS, are featured in this interplanetary road trip. Stunning photography taken by the rovers themselves transport children to Mars where they learn about the geology, climate, and natural history of our closest neighbor in space. Children use their imaginations as they explore Mars with the help of maps, music, and snacks--basic necessities on any road trip!
$351- $500
Smith-Carrigan, Michelle The Elephant Child Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
A hilarious, contemporary adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale of how elephants got their long noses. This story is from Kipling's beloved "Just So Stories" collection. Delightfully explore adult/child relationships, boundary testing and optimism with the elephant child on his quest to satisfy his insatiable curiosity! Featuring large colorful hand crafted mouth puppets, marionettes, and soft sculpture scenery. This show is a great way to introduce children to Kipling's mastery of language.
$501- $1000
Golden, Gail DREAM ON! Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
DREAM ON! is three multicultural folk tales presented story theatre style. The folk tales are all from library books and are about dreams and dreamers. Jump on your magic carpet and explore the wonderful world of dreamers! Two professional actor/storytellers tell the stories with lots of help from audience volunteers. The stories are from England, Denmark, and the USA.
$101- $200
TheatreworksUSA, - HENRY & MUDGE Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
Moving from the city to a new house in the country can be tough. Just ask Henry, who can't find a playmate in his new neighborhood! Luckily, he's got Mudge, a great big, 182-pound canine buddy, with whom he can share all kinds of adventures! When Henry's cousin Annie comes for a visit, Mudge is so charmed by her that he finally rolls over at her command! Henry thinks Mudge must love Annie more than him, because the dog only does the trick for her. Very upset, Henry runs away into the cold dark woods to find adventures on his own. Will the two friends be reunited? Find out in this Theatreworks musical, based on the best-selling series of books by Cynthia Rylant.
$1001- $3000
Heinz, Brian Great Opening Pages: A Writers Workshop Literature- Creative Writing
A true nuts and bolts interactive writer’s workshop for grades 3 and up. Covers topics like: The 4 Critical elements on Opening Pages (character, setting, verb/action, the problem or conflict.) Use of sensory detail and a sensory web. How to engage the reader. The dead word graveyard. Revision and Editing Techniques (What are the primary targets?) Attending students will interactively work on a piece for revision to illustrate the concepts presented. The students will be treated as if they are young professional writers. The program includes a nine-page handout for all attending teachers
$1001- $3000
Sardelli, Darren How To Turn Your Dreams Into Reality – An Authors Journey! Life Skills- Other,
Literature- Authors
Come find out how award winning poet and children’s book author, Darren Sardelli, took what was once thought to be an impossible dream and turned it into a reality! After dozens of rejection letters and people telling him his writing was going nowhere, Darren didn’t lose hope. In fact, it made him work even harder for what he wanted. In this inspirational program, Darren will explain how he overcame his obstacles to get to where he is today. He’ll share his story of how he turned his dream into a career and show you how you can do the same!
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - JUNIE B.'S ESSENTIAL SURVIVAL GUIDE TO SCHOOL Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Now that JUNIE B. JONES has been going to school for over one-and-a-half years, who better to write the book on EVERYTHING you need to know? From bus rules to band-aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. With a jillion tips, tricks and trip-ups, Junie B. shares her hard-won expertise and shows us all how school is sometimes scary, sometimes super-fun, and ALWAYS something to sing about! An all-new musical adventure based on Barbara Park's popular book.
$1001- $3000
Schembri, Pamela Telling Stories, Writing Books Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Pamela Schembri, professional storyteller and author of the easy-to-read series Second-Grade Friends (Holt)presents a fascinating and lively program which combines the writing process and its relationship to storytelling. If you can tell it, you can write it - and people understand this connection after listening to her speak. Using storyboards, journal excerpts and folktales, this is a great program to motivate young writers.
$351- $500
Smith-Carrigan, Michelle The Last Dragon Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Are all princesses helpless? Are all knights brave and strong? Are all dragons evil? Find out in this whimsical retelling of the fairy tale by E. Nesbitt. Explore the issues of stereotypes, discrimination, self-esteem, greed, and friendship with this vivid puppet production. This show features classical music, large rod puppets, mouth puppets, a 7 ft dragon and a life-size knight on horseback for a jousting scene your audience will never forget! "Just like watching a show at Disneyworld." Art Teacher, Malta Ave School, Ballston Spa NY
$501- $1000
Frenette, Liza Visiting Author Interactive Workshops Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Nature- Environment
My workshops are highly interactive and involve students coming to recognize the storyteller within themselves. Drawing on characters and events from my books - Soft Shoulders, Dangerous Falls Ahead and Dead End - we talk about storytelling in terms of singing, quilting, talking, poetry, and even finding new meaning in road signs. I focus on revision and research, telling students stories of how these came to shape my books in much different ways than I had expected. All of my books are set in the Adirondacks as realistic fiction, so my programs deal with nature, plants and trees - even bogs - unique to this area. I bring in maps, hand-stitched quilts and photographs of road signs. We do group story building and visualization.
$501- $1000
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