award-winning author and illustrator
Santa Barbara, CA USA
SCHOOL VISITS: K - 8
Barb loves school visits and true stories best! Her interactive, multimedia presentations introduce students to a writer's life from idea through drafting, editing and publishing. Barb's focus on biography/nonfiction allows her to share primary research stories and artifacts with students, including items as diverse as: giant sequoia seeds, tools to compare the height of trees, steps in the book publishing process, old photographs, racing costumes, paint boxes and more. Her favorite presentations focus students on improving their writing and following their dreams.
Year(s) of participation: 2010
A4ED school visit photos & blurbs:
ROOSEVELT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Santa Barbara, California, USA
BRUCE GOES GREEN AT ROOSEVELT!
The second and third graders were bubbling with excitement as they filed into the auditorium. Many had biked or walked or scootered to school in honor of Earth Day. They were especially excited at the end of the event when we tallied up the votes and announced which group would be receiving the donation: World Wildlife Fund. Deafening cheers went up.
When a TV reporter asked one girl why she'd voted for WWF, she said "because the tigers are disappearing and we need to do something about it. The donation will help."
That's why I did this event -- to get the kids engaged in protecting the planet. And judging from the kids at Roosevelt Elementary, this strategy seems to be having an effect.