|Region:||Mid Atlantic (D.C./Virginia)|
|Age Levels:||5-10 and 11-13|
|Will Travel:||Anywhere in the world|
|SCBWI Profile:||Member Profile|
Kim Norman is a children's book author, poet and performer with more than a dozen books published by Sterling, Dutton, Dial and Scholastic, and titles forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. She has traveled to more than 200 schools in the US spreading "the gospel" of reading at bedtime. With so many school visits under her belt, Kim established a blog, COOL SCHOOL VISITS, to help other authors navigate the pitfalls of author visits. See blog link below.
Pre-K thru 1st: For the younger crowd, it’s more about the joy of books and reading. We examine the wonders of my “Writer’s Tool Bag.” Then we read one of my books on PowerPoint, perhaps learning my “Five Little Crocodiles” (including in Spanish, if the school has a large Hispanic population.) Then, depending upon time allotted, we’ll sing call-and-response songs composed on the spot with the help of young audience members. If there’s more time, there may be a chance for volunteers to act out another of my books. I’ll close with my “Storytime Boogie,” which is a song that encourages reading at bedtime. (Time: 30 to 45 minutes, no Q&A)
For 2nd & 3rd, we talk more in-depth about the role of the illustrator in the storytelling process, and I share my own struggles as a writer. Kids seem to really identify with authors when they know WE struggle to get words on paper, too. I usually share my “Evil Inner Editors” which are funny, but I also offer strategies about overcoming writing struggles. If there’s time, we may perform a readers theater piece which uses “actors” at the front of the room, but also has parts for the entire assembly to join in. I try to allow time for a PowerPoint reading of one of my books, but I also want to leave time for Q&A. (Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the school’s scheduling needs.)
With 4th and 5th, I talk more about the revision process. For laughs, we’ll take a look at my “Evil Inner Editor” but I’ll usually add an activity that drives home the importance of choosing great verbs. This really gets kids involved, with even the shyest students waving their hands, eager to participate. We may have time for my “Story Dice,” which is a fun activity using giant dice to write & revising on the fly. With this group, I also leave room for Q&A. (Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending.)
I have done presentations for 6th thru 8th, as well. Activities are similar to the 4th and 5th presentation, but we skip the Evil Editors and tackle more complex concepts. The verb activity and the story dice work well for this age group, too. They start off shy, but in minutes, even the most introverted students are engaged. Smaller workshops covering the above topics work well with 3rd through 8th grade. I also a workshop titled, “Voice, the Forgotten Trait” and an “Explode the Mo’” revision workshop where students learn to comb through their writing for spots that need added details.
I'm also available for conference engagements, keynotes and the like.