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Speaker Profile - Carrie A. Pearson


Region: Michigan
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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Carrie Pearson feels that being a children’s book author represents the best merger of her education, occupations, and passion. She holds a BA in early childhood education from the University of Michigan, taught at the University’s preschool, and then moved into the business world for 15+ years. She is now a full-time children’s book author and owner of a consulting business in the children’s book industry. She is a Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Michigan chapter and a member of Michigan Reading Association, Society of Midland Authors, and Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association among other literacy-focused organizations. Carrie is the proud recipient of the 2019 Michigan Reading Association’s Gwen Frostic Award for literacy development. Carrie is the author of three traditionally published nature-themed picture books, A WARM WINTER TAIL (gold Gelette Burgess Award, Nature for All Ages), A COOL SUMMER TAIL, and STRETCH TO THE SUN: FROM A TINY SPROUT TO THE TALLEST TREE ON EARTH (silver Eureka Award for outstanding nonfiction) and two upcoming nonfiction picture books REAL PRINCESSES CHANGE THE WORLD (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan April 2023) and VIRGINIA WOULDN'T SLOW DOWN: THE UNSTOPPABLE DR. APGAR AND HER LIFE-SAVING INVENTION (Norton Young Readers/W.W. Norton August 2023). Carrie would love to be social with you on Twitter @carrieapearson, Pinterest carrieapearson, Instagram, and Facebook carrieapearson and through her website

Presentation Description:


As a former early childhood teacher, my intention is for every visit to be:
* educational
* aligned with age-specific curriculum, school, and/or classroom or library goals
* fun
* memorable
Each program below can be engineered for ages K-8. Each visit includes Q&A, story reading (if appropriate), and book signing. Possible topics:
The Story Behind the Story (a behind-the-scenes look at how A Warm Winter Tail was born)
- where did the idea come from?
- writing stages (early drafts/sloppy copies, revisions, critiques, final draft)
- what happens at a publishing house and how author, illustrator, and editor work
- students perform A Warm Winter Tail as a play
* Oh, Baby. It's Cold Outside: Animal Adapations to Winter (From the itty-bitty Monarch butterfly to the big old Black Bear, every animal living in a cold climate has amazing strategies for staying warm)
- what's the difference between instinct and learned behavior?
- what are the three main strategies animals use to adapt and survive?
- students perform A Warm Winter Tail as a play
Making the Magic
- idea generation tips and tricks
- how to turn an idea into a story
- plot vs theme: what's the difference?
- dialogue: did he just say that?
- elements of memorable writing (five senses, universal themes, rich language)
Let's Be Funny
- adding humor to writing
- what makes a story funny - or not
- authors and illustrators who make us laugh and how they do it
Taking It To The Next Level
- self-editing (oh, the pain of it)
- partner critiquing (how to's and how to not's)
- what to let go and what to keep and how to know

Fees and Arrangements

I offer single presentation, half-day, full-day, and multiple day options. I can run small classroom workshops or present to large assemblies. Larger groups (above 50 children) are best split by age group (e.g., K-3 and 4-5).
My fees are:
Half Day, Local (Marquette County to one hour away): 2 or 3 presentations/workshops, $300
Full Day, Local (Marquette County to one hour away): 4 or 5 presentations/workshops, $500
Full Day, More Than One Hour Away: 4 or 5 presentations/workshops, $600 (plus transportation and hotel, if necessary)
Multiple Day, Local and Multiple Day, More Than One Hour Away: let's talk!
Single presentation/workshop, Local (Marquette County to one hour away): $150 

Full-day visits can include "something extra" --- maybe lunch with a small group of students, or brief individual classroom visits, or something else that helps make my visit memorable. Full-day visits could be split between two schools in close proximity to each other.

I do give a small discount for incorporating book sales into the event. Please note that book signings need to be arranged so that I can have a special moment with each person. My preference is to arrange book sales with a local bookstore or PTO. If this is not possible, I can offer book sales through an arrangement with my publisher. Either way, a four week lead time is usually necessary.

If you have special needs or would like to discuss other options, please contact me and we'll make it work.
Give me a shout using the contact form or at my email and we'll discuss your interests, needs and timing. I can't wait to meet you!