Children's Authors' Ally LLC

Connecting Schools With the Books and Authors Kids Love!

 

Grades K-2

Meghan McCarthy

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Publishers Weekly said “McCarthy’s humor is right on target for mischievous younger readers.” Her work has also been called “bold,” “whimsical,” “wacky,” and “terribly amusing.” Her nonfiction has been called “light hearted but well researched” and “action
packed.”

For more information than you’d ever want to know about Meghan and her books, go to www.meghan-mccarthy.com & www.aliensarecoming.com. Once you enter you’ll have a hard time leaving! Lots of free stuff! Fun for the parents! Fun for the kids! Fun for everyone!

 
Grade Levels: Grades 3-5 , Grades K-2
 
Genres: Fiction , non-fiction , Nonfiction
 

Marc Tyler Nobleman

“In 30 years of hosting best-selling authors, Marc’s presentation was the best I have ever witnessed. Judging from the student response, he transformed what it means to be a writer.”

—Karen Palko, middle school teacher, International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Marc Tyler Nobleman is the author of Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman (which changed history, inspiring both the critically acclaimed documentary Batman & Bill and a TED talk), Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman (which made the front page of USA Today), Brave Like My Brother, and The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra; upcoming titles include Fairy Spell and Thirty Minutes Over Oregon. Marc has been invited to speak to audiences of all kinds/sizes/ages at schools, libraries, companies (including Google), and conferences from Thailand to Tanzania. He blogs about adventures in publishing at Noblemania. Twitter: @MarcTNobleman.

“I’ve never seen an author have such an impact as did Marc. And it’s all the more surprising because he concentrated on research and the practice of writing. My students were enthralled. In a grocery store, a colleague overheard a 4th grader heatedly discussing the presentation with his father.”
—Lisa Casey, library media specialist, Jamestown School District, RI

“Wow—incredible! An inspiration—absolutely gripping story everyone should hear.”
—attendee, Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival, Redlands, CA

 

 
Grade Levels: Grades 3-5 , Grades K-2 , Middle School
 
Genres: Fiction , Nonfiction
 

Brian Pinkney

Brian Pinkney, award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, delivers a motivating, inspirational presentation based on the books he has written and illustrated. These works include but are not limited to: Duke Ellington, Max Found Two Sticks, Alvin Ailey, Ella Fitzgerald, and SIT-IN. The program consists of storytelling, a PowerPoint presentation, and an interactive rhythm and scat activity. Mr. Pinkney was awarded the Caldecott Honor for The Faithful Friend and Duke Ellington. SIT-IN: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down (written by Andrea Pinkney), was on the New York Times Picture Book Best Seller List in February 2010.

To learn more about Mr. Pinkney, go to www.BrianPinkney.net

To view a video interview of Brian and Andrea Pinkney discussing SIT-IN: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down, visit http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/kids_books_9780316070164.htm

 
Grade Levels: Grades 3-5 , Grades K-2
 
Genres: Fiction
 

James Preller

James Preller is best known as the author of the “Jigsaw Jones” mystery series, now back in print and published by Macmillan. There’s a brand-new, never-before-published title, The Case from Outer Space, plus eight classroom classics, revised and newly available for the first time in years. His wide-range of books are appropriate for readers K-8 and include: The Pirates Guide to First Grade, the popular “Scary Tales” series, The Courage Test, Six Innings, Better Off Undead (October 2017, hardcover), Bystander and more.

When asked to describe his school visits, James says, “I am relaxed and confident speaking with students at any grade level, though, of course, the content of those talks varies according to age level. Fortunately, I’ve written a range of books that are appropriate for kindergarten up to middle school. Typically, I’ll do three 45-50 minutes presentations during a full-day visit. In addition, schools sometimes like to set up lunches with a small group of students, and I’ve always enjoyed that. I am happy and honored to sign books. For the best results, I’ve found that it makes a huge difference when students are familiar with my work and have thought about questions in advance. Like everything else in life, what you get out of it is in proportion to the energy that’s put into it. If the school leaders are excited and enthusiastic, that energy transfers to the students –- and we all have a terrific, rewarding experience. I don’t juggle, blow bubbles, or put on slide shows. I’m just an author talking about what I do for a living, reading a bit, answering questions, all (hopefully) in an entertaining fashion.”

James Preller lives in Delmar, New York. He blogs regularly at www.jamespreller.com.

 
Grade Levels: Grades 3-5 , Grades K-2
 
Genres: Fiction
 

Tish Rabe

Tish Rabe is an award-winning, best-selling children’s book author who has
written over 170 books for Sesame Street, Disney, Blue’s Clues, Curious
George, Clifford, Huff and Puff and many more. In 1995, following the death of Dr. Seuss, she was selected by Dr. Seuss Enterprises to create The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library, a series of science books for early readers. A spin-off television series based on the books The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That! premiered on PBS kids in 2010. To date Tish has written over 50 Cat in the Hat books. She is also an Advisory Board Member of Reach Out and Read Connecticut and a passionate advocate for the importance of early childhood literacy. She tours the country doing School Author Visits and getting students excited about reading and writing. Ms. Rabe lives in Mystic, CT and New York City .

Learn more on Tish Rabe’s website.

 
Grade Levels: Grades 3-5 , Grades K-2
 
Genres: Fiction
 

Ted Scheu


Ted Scheu makes writing fun! One moment he’s a gigglebone-tickling poet, sharing his funny, ‘heartful’ verses aloud in a rollicking, interactive assembly. Next, he’s an inspiring, energetic teacher—of kids and teachers—zooming around their class, helping them look carefully at their world and find their own writer’s voices, while sharing the power and fun of poems.

Ted’s goal is to connect with kids—to get them excited about writing, and, secondarily, to get their teachers excited about teaching writing (Ted has taught grades K to 5 in Vermont)—all the while getting rave reviews from kids, teachers, and parents. Ted does single or multi-day residencies with 4-5 presentations per day with students in Kindergarten through Sixth grade.  Before each program, Ted sends along complimentary books and a workshop ‘menu’ from which teachers choose—figurative language, revision, writing from the heart, rhyming, or customized workshops. Each child—even the most hesitant writer— succeeds in writing a poem draft in each class, and begins the revision process.

Ted also does teacher workshops, evening family events (where kids and parents write and laugh together) and ‘virtual visits’ via Skype. Each school Ted visits can do a Skype follow-up visit with him a month or so later, to check in.

Ted’s poems appear in over a dozen anthologies and collections  in the US and UK, including his family poems, “I Froze My Mother,” his school poems, “I Tickled My Teachers,” and his sports poems, “I Threw My Brother Out.”

Learn more about Ted at www.poetryguy.com. You will not be disappointed!

 
Grade Levels: Grades 3-5 , Grades K-2
 
Genres: Poetry
 

Pat Schories

Pat Schories is the author/illustrator of the wordless Jack books and illustrator of the popular Biscuit beginning readers. She especially enjoys presenting to the very youngest of students, and has prepared a school program for grades K-1. She will talk about how a book illustrator does his job and show the children sketches, book dummies, and finished art. Her slide presentation includes several complete stories of both BISCUIT and JACK as well as pictures of her studio, her models, and her art supplies. Pat concludes with sketching, and answering any questions the students may have. In the course of a school day, she will present up to four 45-minute presentations. Based in the New York metropolitan area, Pat is available for school programs in the Northeast.

For learn more about Ms. Schories, visit www.patschories.com

Or view a video interview at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6jBbWr1EfY

 
Grade Levels: Grades K-2
 
Genres: Fiction
 

Roni Schotter

Award-winning author of 30 books, Roni Schotter communicates her passion for the power and pleasure of words and story.  She speaks to children as “fellow writers,” encouraging them to turn their ideas, events & feelings into their own nonfiction or fiction.  With younger grades, she reads and speaks simply and directly about the magic of books and story, suggesting they ask, “what if?” to trigger their imaginations.  In grades 2-6, she emphasizes the writing tips embedded in Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street, used in many schools to inspire writing.  She imparts her enthusiasm for savory, surprising words by sharing The Boy Who Loved Words.  Linking in other books, e.g. Doo-Wop Pop, Mama, I’ll Give You The World, and her semi-autobiographical story, The House of Joyful Living, she shows how she used the writing techniques described in 90th Street to pen them.  With older grades, she uses her Underground Railroad novel, F is For Freedom, to discuss the need & pleasure of doing research to tell certain stories.  With all grades, she shows her own very rough drafts to underscore the fact that even professional writers need to revise their own work.  Encouraging children to rewrite, she convinces them that it can be fun!  A former editor, she shows the components of a book from manuscript to press sheet, to f&g, to binding.  Roni’s aim is to inspire children–to convince them that language is fun and that anyone who chooses to can write easily and well!

Roni is especially thrilled to introduce her two latest titles, All About Grandma’s and Go, Little Green Truck! 

More information on Ms. Schotter’s books can be found at www.ronischotter.com

 
Grade Levels: Grades 3-5 , Grades K-2
 
Genres: Fiction
 

Bob Shea

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Bob Shea has written and illustrated over a dozen picture books including the popular Dinosaur vs. Bedtime and the cult favorite Big Plans illustrated by Lane Smith.

His characters and animations have appeared on Nick Jr, Playhouse Disney and PBS Kids.

Bob spends his days writing, drawing and having “conversations” with NPR.

Please visit Bob Shea’s website for more information.

 
Grade Levels: Grades 3-5 , Grades K-2
 
Genres: Fiction
 

Melissa Sweet

As author and illustrator, Melissa Sweet’s presentations begin with the question:  Which comes first, words or images? Melissa shows materials used in making a picture book, from sketches to the art and the unbound pages of the final book. She talks about where ideas come from and the process of drawing, revising and editing. For each presentation, Melissa has a slide show with images of her studio, and using one title appropriate for the age group, Melissa shows slides of the making of that title. Some of the titles include: the Sleepy Little Alphabet, Carmine: a Little More Red, and the Caldecott Honor book, A River of Words. Next, she provides a small drawing booklet for each student and draws with the class showing simple cartooning techniques. The presentation concludes with questions and answers and a chance talk about upcoming books and projects.

To find out more about Melissa’s work, go to www.melissasweet.net

 
Grade Levels: Grades 3-5 , Grades K-2
 
Genres: Fiction , Nonfiction