Author Day Adventures: Bringing Literacy to Life with an Author Visit

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Scarecrow Press, 2003 - Education - 123 pages
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Author visits are a great way to teach children about the writing process and the pleasures of literacy. However, the planning and coordinating necessary for a successful author visit can often seem overwhelming. Drawing on over 20 years of experience, the author has written a charming and accessible guide to author visits. This book is built on James' tried and true techniques for planning an author event that is both fun and enriching. It is packed with quotes from many familiar and award winning authors that offer invaluable insight into what they consider the most successful methods for encouraging interaction between the children and the author. Including many interesting anecdotes as well as easy to use worksheets, Author Day Adventures is as enjoyable to read as it is fun to implement. This book is the ideal guide for any teacher, administrator, librarian or volunteer in charge of planning author visits and is appropriate for any institution concerned with promoting children's literacy.
 

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Contents

Lets Start with Why?
1
What Does an Author Visit Look Like?
7
Finding and Inviting Your Author
21
The NittyGritty Details
35
Preparing the Staff
49
Book Sales and Autographing
61
Checklists
71
Preparing Students for the Authors Visit
77
After the Visit ThankYous FollowUp and Evaluation
89
Author Resources
95
Website Resources
109
Index
117
About the Author
123
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About the author (2003)

Helen Foster James is Adjunct Professor of children's literature at San Diego State University, California and is a member of the American Library Association's Publications Committee. She has organized hundreds of author visits throughout the San Diego area, and has been involved with the Greater San Diego Reading Association's Author's Fair for almost twenty years.

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