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Speaker Profile - Lindsay Leslie


Region: Texas: Austin
Age Levels: 5-10
Will Travel: Anywhere in my country
Skype Visit: Yes
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A diary keeper, a journal writer, a journalism major, a public relations executive—Lindsay Leslie has always operated in a world of written words. When she became a mom and began to tell her kids bedtime stories, Lindsay connected the dots to children’s literature. She likes to bring her unique outlook on life, quirky humor, and play with words to the page in picture books. Lindsay is the author of This Book Is Spineless, Nova the Star EaterDusk Explorers (winner of the 2021 Crystal Kite Award -- TX/OK region), and So You Want to Build a Library. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, two boys, two fur-beasts, and a guinea pig.

Presentation Description:

Lindsay offers several presentations to engage children ages 4-8, as well as older students on up to fifth grade about the craft of writing, including:

Meta is Betta!

OK, maybe not better, but a lot of fun! Lindsay will chat about breaking the fourth wall and the unusual perspective of This Book Is Spineless, how it works in this story, and how to tell your own stories in this unique way. She will craft a meta story with the children on the fly!

Fear: It’s Just One of Our Emotions

In This Book Is Spineless, the book is super scared of what is on its pages. Can it manage to get through the story? Lindsay will talk about the path of working through fears, and how the arc of a story is very similar to the arc of emotions felt when experiencing fear and anxiety. She will help the class draw roller coasters to mimic this experience.

Inspiration is Everywhere

Lindsay’s second picture book, Nova the Star Eater, was born from a conversation she had with her oldest son about Pokemon. Like clouds, ideas float all around ready to be grabbed and developed. She’ll talk about where she gets ideas, how to determine which idea is worth pursuing, and how to go from idea to final product.

Lindsay is always open to brainstorming a tailor-made presentation and is available to talk about her path to publication, including getting through all of those rejections.