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Speaker Profile - Alice B. McGinty


Region: Illinois
Age Levels: 5-10 and 11-13
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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Alice B. McGinty is the Co-Regional Advisor for the Illinois Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the award-winning author of over 40 books for children. 

Recent books include the 2015 Sydney Taylor Notable book, Rabbi Benjamin's Buttons (Charlesbridge, illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt) and the picture book biography, Gandhi: A March To the Sea (Amazon Children's Publishing, illustrated by Thomas Gonzales) (honor book, 2014 South Asia Book Award for Children's And Young Adult Literature). Alice looks forward to the upcoming release of seven books: Pancakes to Parathas: Breakfast Around the World (Feb, 2019, Little Bee Books, illustrated by Tomoko Suzuki)The Girl Who Named Pluto: The Story of Venetia Burney (May, 2019, Schwartz and Wade Books, illustrated by Elizabeth Haidle), Bathe the Cat (2020, Chronicle Books, illustrated by David Roberts), The Sea Knows (with co-author Alan Havis, 2020, Simon and Schuster, illustrated by Stephanie Laberis), A Story for Small Bear (2020, Schwartz and Wade Books, illustrated by Richard Jones), The Water Lady (2021, Schwartz and Wade Books, illustrated by Shonto Begay), and Truck Says Moo (Chronicle Books, illustrated by Camille Garoche), 

Presentation Description:

“Alice McGinty is an exceptional presenter. Whether the child is in preschool or high school, Alice can hold the audience wit her enthusiasm and quick moving presentations. You won’t be disappointed!” – Diana McGuckin, teacher at Flanagan Grade School
Alice B. McGinty wields her guitar as equally well as her pen. The students loved the participation with the story Ten Little Lambs.” Diane Gustafson, Iroquois West Elementary, Gilman, IL
Alice has collaborated with many local organizations to develop innovative school programming. As well as doing keynote presentations, Alice's school assemblies include:

Catch The Rhythm

Using poetry, spoken language, books, and song, participants will catch the rhythm of language. We’ll write it, draw it, move it, clap it, sing it and drum it!
(Gr. K-3, wkshop or assembly) (IL Goals 25.A.1c, 26.A.1d, 8.A.1a)

What’s So Funny

From outrageous characters and silly situations to pure nonsense, we’ll explore humor in writing and practice the skills you need to make your writing funny.
(Gr. 3-5, workshop or assembly)

How Life Inspires Stories

How do authors take real life events and turn them into books? In this assembly, Alice will explain how she got the ideas for her books and developed them. Students will develop their own group story, meet Cookie, the guinea pig who is the star of Eliza’s Kindergarten Pet, and share several of Alice’s books interactively using music and hand motions. (Gr. K-5 assembly – content will be adapted to fit age range of audience)

A Kindergarten Surprise

In this hands-on workshop, the author reads her books, Eliza’s Kindergarten Surprise and Eliza’s Kindergarten Pet.  Students make a large Mommy doll during the assembly, and meet the “star” character of Eliza’s Kindergarten Pet - a live spotted guinea pig named Cookie. Classes will be given supplies for each student to make a Mommy doll later in the classroom. (Gr. K) (IL Goals 2.B.1a, 2.B.1c, 26.B.1d)

Thank You, World – A Family Story Making Assembly

Hooray for books and stories! This energetic program introduces families to Alice and her books. Using multimedia and group activity, we read several of Alice’s books, talk about story making, and put families to work together making stories. We’ll sing songs, meet Cookie (the guinea pig “star” of Eliza’s Kindergarten Pet) end by reading Thank you, World and making a school Thank you, World souvenir.
(Family Nights, Assemblies, and workshop for Gr. K-5)