Speaker Profile - Leslie Helakoski

Illustrator and Writer

Region: Michigan
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
Speaker Email: leslie@helakoskibooks.com

With a degree in illustration and advertising, Leslie joined SCBWI in 1998 with a plan to illustrate books, not write them. Now, after writing ten picture books, including 'Big Chickens'(the Michigan Reads Picture Book for 2007, Great Lakes Great Books Award) and 'Woolbur' (a Book Sense pick, and nominee for state book awards in 11 states) she has illustrated her most recent four. 'Fair Cow', 'Doggone Feet!'  'Big Pigs'.and Hoot and Honk Just Can't Sleep.' Her books are filled with word play, fun language, and humor. Leslie lives in Michigan and is co-Regional Advisor for SCBWI-MI. 

"SCBWI has saved me. I continue to love this organization and want to be part of making it great." 
Leslie Helakoski--Books for Laughing, Living and Learning

Presentation Description:
Engaging kids and exciting them about reading and writing is my goal when I talk to students. I show them how ideas from their own lives can turn into stories and how we can start with bad writing and weak drawings. I go over a unique way to remember the components of a good story and we practice creating stories that way with ideas from the audience. Songs, finger plays that echo the stories follow presentations for younger kids. Some presentations incorporate drawing activities.