Society of
Children's Book Writers
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Speaker Profile - Dee Leone


Region: California: San Diego
Age Levels: 5-10
Will Travel: Anywhere in my country
Skype Visit: Yes
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I'm excited to announce that my latest book, Nature's Lullaby Fills the Night (Sterling Children's Books), is now available. From moths fluttering their powdery wings to willows shushing, shushing in the breeze, tender nature scenes sweep across land, sea, and sky to soothe and calm little ones. 

Dough Knights and Dragons (Sterling Children's Books), was also recently released. It's about a dragon and knight who share a secret friendship but who are bound by law to duel in an upcoming tournament. If they can't cook up a way to get out of the situation, more than their friendship could suffer. The story includes creative problem solving and shows children the value of making friends who are different from them.

My own kingdom castle has a moat (drainage ditch), turret (chimney), and numerous knights (chess pieces). I'm married to Sir Runs-a-Lot and our royal line includes two dragon-loving, sword-collecting damsels (not in distress). I tutored college math and taught many "subjects" at the elementary level. My published scrolls include 20 reproducible books for teachers. More than 100 of my poems, plays, puzzles, stories, lyrics, and more have appeared in publications such as Highlights and Children's Digest. In addition, I've written online Disneyland articles.

I'm also the author of Bizz and Buzz Make Honey Buns (Grosset & Dunlap/Penguin). Its themes include friendship and problem solving. In it, two bees use a little flower instead of a little flour to follow a recipe, making it a great book for introducing homophones.

My hobbies include traveling, amateur photography, golf, hiking, and making scrapbooks. I'm especially fond of devouring books and chocolate.

Presentation Description:

PRESENTATIONS in the San Diego Area

Cost:  The first simple reading/activity session for younger children is free with a minimum book order. For longer presentations and multiple sessions, please contact for fees.

Age Group:  Preschool - 3rd grade

Length: 20 - 30 minutes per session for younger children, 45 - 60 minutes per session for older students

Sessions: Up to four per day

Curriculum Tie-In: Language Arts, Homophones, Writer as an Occupation, Creative Problem Solving, Friendship with Those Unlike Oneself, Rhyming, Creative Writing, Story Structure, etc. (depending on book/books and age group)

1) Picture book readings are for small groups of children (up to about 50 per group) in a classroom or library setting, but I can do PowerPoint presentations for larger groups of elementary children. 

2) Reading of Bizz and Buzz Make Honey Buns (a great book to introduce homophones) or Dough Knights and Dragons (rhyming, diverse friendship, creative problem solving in the face of conflict, story arc) and/or Nature's Lullaby Fills the Night (rhyming, nature, animal groups)

3) Preschool to K: story, song, homophone activity, simple game, question-and-answer session, viewing a book trailer, etc.

4) For elementary children, a PowerPoint presentation is possible in regard to writing, generating ideas for stories, elements of a story, etc.

* For Skype visits or presentations outside of the San Diego area, please email for fees and/or other requirements.