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Eric Ode (pronounced Oh-dee) is a national award winning children's singer/songwriter, an author and widely anthologized poet, and a thoroughly engaging entertainer. His upbeat, high-participation programs are bubbling over with fun, interactive music and include stories, skits, poetry, props and puppets.
A former elementary teacher of 12 years with a Masters Degree in Educational Technology, Eric has been invited to share his music and poetry programs with schools, libraries, Young Authors/Writers conferences and education conferences throughout the United States as well as in Japan and Guam.
Eric has been recognized with:
Five Parents' Choice Awards
Two National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Honors Awards
A Telly Bronze Award
A KIDS FIRST! All Star Endorsement
Eric is the author of When You're a Pirate Dog and Other Pirate Poems (Pelican Publishing); Dan, the Taxi Man (Kane Miller); Sea Star Wishes: Poems from the Coast (Sasquatch) and Tall Tales of the Wild West and a Few Short Ones (Meadowbrook Press). He wrote 6 of the 15 poems found on the Grammy nominated CD Around the Campfire (Prairie Dog Entertainment) and two poems for the Grammy Award Winning CD All About Bullies...Big and Small (Cool Beans Music).
You can also find poems by Eric numerous anthologies such as...
When Granny Won Olympic Gold (A&C Black)
My Cat is in Love with the Goldfish (A&C Black)
If Kids Ruled the School (Meadowbrook Press)
Bees to Trees: Poems About Nature (Abdo Publishing)
Buses to Books: Poems About School (Abdo Publishing)
Rolling in the Aisles (Meadowbrook Press)
I Hope I Don't Strike Out (Meadowbrook Press)
Oh My Darling, Porcupine (Meadowbrook Press)
Dinosaur Poems: The Anthology (Scholastic UK)
My Cat Fell in Love with the Goldfish (A&C Black)
Dinner with Dracula (Meadowbrook Press)
My Teacher's in Detention (Meadowbrook Press)
Miles of Smiles (Meadowbrook Press)
I've Been Burping in the Classroom (Meadowbrook Press)
What I Did On My Summer Vacation (Meadowbrook Press)...plus many other collections.
A handful of testimonials:
"Eric was outstanding in his presentation and performance to students and staff. His music and poetry were exceptionally energetic and entertaining. Students were captivated with his songwriting workshops, which were very positive and educational. His rapport with students and adults is exceptional! I would highly recommend Eric for a school assembly."
- Linda Johnson, Community Resource Coordinator, Larson Heights Elem., Moses Lake, WA
"Our staff, our kids, and our parents absolutely LOVED Eric. He was wonderful and really did a fantastic job working with our kids. He was absolutely delightful, and he had a great disposition with everyone! I highly recommend you look into his website and learn more about him. You won't be disappointed!!"
- Carolyn Milian, Media Specialist, Lakeside Elementary, Pembroke Pines, FL
"We loved your interactive presentation. I've never received so much positive feedback from so many teachers about an author assembly."
- Jenny Hillger, Librarian, Meridian Park Elementary, Shoreline, WA
"Eric’s visit to our school was a total delight for both students and teachers. He did a great job of adapting his lively presentations to engage all the different age levels, and I especially appreciated his flexibility and willingness to work with whatever schedule came up. His positive message, gentle humor, and high level of professionalism make him a great choice for any school."
"Thank you once again for a delightful day. The halls are a buzz with excitement about yesterday. It is great to see such school wide enthusiasm. We rarely have common activities that build a sense of school community. What a bonus to an already meaningful experience!"
- Debbie Woltring, Reading Specialist and Author Visit Coordinator, Lowell Elem., Everett, WA
2012/2013 Rates for Schools in Washington State (Seattle/Tacoma area)
45-Minute Assembly: $495
Two Assemblies (same day): $595
One-Day Visit: $745*
Two-Day Visit: $1350*
One-Week Residency: $3,500*
Evening Event: $185 (in conjunction with other program(s) same day)
*Full day visits can include large group assembly programs, workshops, classroom visits, book signings... You decide!
(A mileage fee may be requested for schools more than two hours outside of the Seattle/Tacoma area.)
2012/2013 Rates for Schools outside Washington State
One-Day Visit: $895 plus travel and other expenses*
Two-Day Visit: $1620 plus travel and other expenses*
One-Week Residency: $4100 plus travel and other expenses*
Evening Event: $250 (in conjunction with other program(s) same day)
SPECIAL OUT-OF-STATE RATES: Team up with neighboring schools to receive discounted rates. Not only can you share travel and accommodation expenses, but back to back days at neighboring schools receive the same discounted rate as multiple days scheduled at the same school.
International visits: Eric is always happy to discuss ways of making visits outside of the U.S. come together. Give him a call or drop an email.
Get Money Back for Your School!
Kids love to receive autographed books and CDs. If your school wishes to presell books and CDs, your students will be purchasing at a discount - roughly 10% to 15% off the list price. In addition, the school will receive $1.00 for every item sold. If the students purchase 100 books/CDs, the school makes $100.00. 150 items sold? The school makes $150.00. Ask about this opportunity when scheduling your visit. You'll be given an easy-to-use order form to send home with the students.