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Lisa Thiesing School Visits
I would love to visit your school!
Author/Illustrator School Visit Program:
My program is best suited for grades K-3. I give a Power Point presentation of The Aliens Are Coming! This really brings the book to life with cool sound effects and big illustrations which can be seen easily by the entire group. This book is great to tie in with your geography curriculum!
My presentation covers the steps that go into making a book, from writing, to editing and drawing. I show how a drawing develops from a rough sketch to a finished illustration. We even go on to a brief history and look at the printing process; I've found that children always want to know, literally, how a book is made.
After the slide show, I show the children actual "dummies" (rough sketch mock-ups) and artwork from some of my books. I leave time for lots of questions and answers.
Then we have a drawing lesson! I use basic geometric shapes to teach the children how to draw Peggy the Pig and other animals. Even the youngest kids have a lot of success with this method and are able to do beautiful drawings!
Author Visit Fees:
Each session of my school visit is approximately 45 minutes long and can accommodate about 75 children (usually 3-4 classes). The cost per session is $250; I can do up to 4 sessions in a day. The school also pays for travel expenses.
Equipment Needed from the School:
I will need a PC computer that is set up for Power Point, a computer projector and a screen. Please have these ready for me before I arrive! The kids will need pieces of paper, pencils or crayons and something hard to draw on (clip boards) if possible. An easel or a big white wipe-off board would be helpful for my illustrator's lesson. Some water would be appreciated,too.
Preparation for Author Visits:
Author visits work best if the students have been prepared. Please read some of my books beforehand so that the kids are familiar with me and are excited about my visiting the school. This makes it a lot more fun for everybody! It is also a good idea to prepare some questions in advance.
Author Visit Book Sales:
Book sales are most easily handled by the school, in advance, with pre-paid orders. Currently, the two books available through your local book store are The Aliens Are Coming! and A Dark and Noisy Night. Most book stores will offer schools a discount and an order form. Please allow a few weeks for the store to order and deliver the books. The students can pre-order and pre-pay for any books they want so there's no need to do that on the day of the author visit. All I'll need is the name of who the book should be inscribed to, and time to sign the books. Contact:
Winner of the Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award - The Viper
Winner of the Delaware Diamonds Award - The Viper
NJLA Garden State Book Award nominee - A Dark and Noisy Night &
The Aliens Are Coming!
Booklist "Top 10 Mysteries for Youth" - The Viper
A Miami Herald Best Book of the Year - The Viper
A Bank Street Best Book of the Year - Hilda and the Mad Scientist
A Junior Library Guild Selection - Hilda and the Mad Scientist
Parents Magazine "Parents Pick" - All Better
Parents Magazine Feature Spread - Me & You
The National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval - Me & You
New York Times Book Review - Me & You
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award - Jess and the Stinky Cowboys
A Bank Street Best Book of the Year- Jess and the Stinky Cowboys
Reading Rainbow Reader anthology - Silly Times With Two Silly Trolls
IRA/CBC "Children's Choices" - Silly Times With Two Silly Trolls & Pudmuddles
NCSS - CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies - The Ghosts of Hungryhouse Lane
Kirkus pointer reviews - various
Booklist starred reviews - various
School Library Journal starred reviews - various
Lisa Thiesing has illustrated and/or written almost 25 books. She graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York with a BFA in illustration. In addition, she earned her Montessori certificate in early education from Bank Street College. This gives her a unique understanding of how to make picture books and "early readers" that are both fun and educational for children. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, daughter, dog and cats.