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Judy Young is the author of
several award-wining children's books, including R is for Rhyme, A Poetry Alphabet, winner of the Mom's Choice Gold
Award, Mom's Choice Educators Award, National Parenting Publication Honor Award
and Missouri Writers' Guild Best Juvenile Book Award. The Lucky Star received a Storytelling World Honor Award and was
selected as a top-five book by Rutgers University. S is for Show Me, A Missouri Alphabet, was chosen to represent
Judy's home state at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Judy has
several other titles and more on the way!
Judy offers a variety of
programs for both students and teachers and she would love to speak at your
school or event! She has spoken at schools, young author events, children's
literature festivals, libraries and professional educational conferences
nationwide. With twenty years prior experience in the public schools, Judy's
presentations and workshops are not only directly related to school curriculum,
but are also student and teacher friendly and fun!
When Judy visits a school, she is usually there all day,
seeing students in grade level sessions and all students in your school can
participate! Each session is individually tailored to meet the grade level of
the audience. Judy also offers poetry writing workshop residencies in which
Judy comes into the classroom to work directly students on their own poetry
writing skills. Programs can be modified for other events such as young author
conferences, children's literature festivals and libraries. Contact Judy to
find out how she can tailor her programs to fit your needs!
R is for
Presentations for Students(grades K-8)
ballads about butterflies, jingles about jellybeans and quatrains about quilts,
students discover the magic of poetry as Judy reads her poems and shares the
stories behind them. Students then actively enter into the poetry writing
process, becoming "poetry detectives," discovering poetic tools such as alliteration,
simile and metaphor. Students then become poets as Judy leads them through
group writing activities.
Poetry: Write Away!
A Writing Workshop Residency for Students (grades 2-8)
Judy Comes into individual classrooms to work directly with students on their own poetry writing. With a different assignment for each session, the residency also serves as an observational workshop for teachers! Residencies can be scheduled for 1-10 days, with all students grades 2-8 participating or may target specific grade levels and may have a single session or multiple sessions per classroom. Judy will work with you to tailor a poetry-writing workshop residency to meet your school's needs.
Presentations for Students(grades K-6)
"Basil B. Barnswhitten" from The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious
and (maybe even) Magical Creatures will
visit your school, taking students "around the world" to discover and
learn about hidden creatures and determine
whether they are endangered, extinct or never existed! Students will
discover the unique writing process of this book, in which Judy wrote
in a "reversed" sequence, writing to illustrations that were created
first! Your students will then try their hand at writing to
Fun with Facts in Fiction
Presentations for Students (grades 3-8)
Just because it's "make believe" doesn't mean it's all
made up. As Judy reads from her historical fiction picture books, The Lucky Star and Minnow and Rose, students will actively participate in discovering the process of using research to write fiction that seems true. (Judy will gladly provide an age appropriate program to include grades K-2 during her visit to your school.)
What's My Job? I'm a Children's Author Presentations for Students (grades K-8)
Your students will find out what it's like to bean
author! With a cowboy rap, a ballad about butterflies, hidden
creatures, a game played by Roman soldiers and much more, Judy shares
the writing process of her fiction, nonfiction and
Show Me Missouri! Presentations for Students (grades K-8)
Your students will go on an adventure through Missouri,
discovering its history, geography, people, events, wildlife and resources as
Judy shares the writing process of her Show Me books. In addition, students get
the rare opportunity to see some of the original illustrations created by
Judy's husband, Ross.
Programs for Educators
Judy has been a featured speaker at professional educational
conferences and for school district professional development inservices in 18
different states. Her presentations and poetry-writing workshops range from
60-minutes to full-day interactive workshops, as well as luncheon or dinner
Poetry: Write in the Middle of Class
A Writing Workshop for Educators K-8
In this hands-on workshop, teachers learn how easy it is to
get their students' creative juices flowing as they actively participate in a
variety of poetry writing activities ready for classroom use. Workshops may
range from a one-hour mini-workshop to a full day, and may be modified as per
grade range: K-4, 5-8 or K-8 based on your event's needs.
Author Judy Young: Counting Her Lucky Stars!
A Presentation for Educators K-12
Judy is living proof that dreams do come true! Join Judy as
she relates her unique and humorous story of how her career changed from
teaching to being an award-winning author! Judy will give tips on how to use
her books in the classroom.
It's A Poetry Slam! A Fun Interactive Event for Educators K-12
Spice up your conference luncheon, dinner or evening event
with a poetry slam! Judy hosts the event, starting with her Poetry from A to Z
Rap! Then, Judy invites others to join the fun in reciting or reading poetry in
a relaxed and lively "contest." Perfect for conference luncheon or dinner events.
What are People Saying About Judy Young's Books, Presentations, and Workshops?
"Judy, your event tops all literacy events we ever had at
Peggy Miller, Zia Elementary, Albuquerque, NM
"I loved seeing how the kids responded to you conferencing
Kathy Schroeder, North Jefferson Intermediate, High Ridge,
"I was lucky enough to be in your workshop and came back to
school energized and excited about my poetry unit."
Debbie McClallen, Whitesboro Middle School, Whitesboro, NY
"This [R is for
Rhyme] is just an incredible book. By coupling the styles of poetry with such
wonderful collection of poems, this book is a delight. Furthermore, it is also
a "text" for teachers to use in teaching writing to upper elementary
students through the college level. I plan to use this lovely book in my
college level teacher education and Children's Literature classes. Bravo!"
Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow, and Professor at Marymount Manhattan College
Questions, Fees and Scheduling
Judy would love to schedule a program for your school or
event! She will gladly answer any questions you may have and give you info about her rates and availability.