additional titles:

A Pebble and a Pen
The Real Pretend


Joan Donaldson

award winning author

Holland, MI USA

Joan Donaldson

When presenting, Donaldson explains how authors use basic the elements of story telling such as conflict, characters, and setting to draw readers into the narrative. In addition to the literary illustrations that she provides, she engages the students to offer examples of those elements from books that they have read. Because Donaldson is an organic farmer, she also tells stories from her farm-life that display various conflicts, both large and small, and the way the characters, namely she and her husband, solve the problems.

Year(s) of participation: 2015

A4ED school visit photos & blurbs:

2015 at Douglas Elementary School in Douglas, MI USA