Leda Schubert * Writer and Teacher


May 13, 2008: This is so cool. The San Antonio Symphony and the combined San Antonio Youth Orchestras did whole show about BALLET OF THE ELEPHANTS. I didn't go because of the airplane problem-- I hate to fly.

Mary and I, here seen signing books at our book release party, held in November in scenic downtown Plainfield. Over 100 people came, including Darrell's family, and we ate fried pickes (they're delicious), catfish cakes, and fabulous cornbread, followed by tears and laughter. P.S. This is a good picture of me.

Winnie meets a fan at Ottauquechee School, Quechee, Vt., who will probably go home covered in dog hair.

Same day, same wonderful school, Leda talking with kids, Winnie outside waiting to make her grand entrance.

Brookfield Elementary School, Brookfield, Vt. Notice children are looking at Winnie, not me. (Photo courtesy of Ray Holland.)

Visits/Dates

Readers mime at St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, Vt. I was not there, unfortunately.

Celebrating SHEEP at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier. Notice that I attempted to color coordinate with Andrea's beautiful cover.


VISITING SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES, CONFERENCES:

I would love to visit your school, library, conference, or bookstore, and there are several presentations I can give. Please email me for further details.

Because I love planet earth, I avoid flying except in emergencies. And I live in Vermont.

I do all the usual things that authors do: rattle on about sources for ideas, the amazingly long process through which an idea becomes a book, revision, why I like to wear socks and earrings with dogs on them, etc. We brainstorm ideas and talk about structure, character, revision, and what makes a good book. Fun is had by all.

I just may mention a dog now and then.

I'm also extremely happy to talk about writing nonfiction (from idea through research of all kinds to finished product), and I have all kinds of visual aids. Stuffed elephants, backhoes, videos of Marcel Marceau, etc. When my book on Pete Seeger comes out, I'll be playing banjo and guitar (which I already play--I won't just suddenly and magically be playing them, hee) and singing with kids when appropriate. I am not a great singer.

I have several presentations for adults and older students as well. Inquire.

Fees: Please contact me for further info.

Unsolicited comment from the terrific Cabot school librarian, Holly Kruse: "You were so natural and funny. I met with two classes today - kindergarten and one of the 1-2 grades. They loved you - they raved about your movie and your bed scene with Winnie using the books of hers.[note: this is hard to explain. I did a demonstration, using the Winnie books as props, of how everybody sleeps. It's not what you think.] They also loved your/​her great audio tape and were very good at impersonating her. You were truly wonderful and we were truly lucky to have you!" 5/​10/​06

I am not making this up: Student letter.
"Dear Leda, There have been a lot of authors at this school and you are the best. I can't believe that you wrote those books. When I was little I loved your books. And I still do...I hope the Liberian buys them." Taylor

With a letter like this, who needs therapy?

From a visit to the Park St. school, Springfield:
"All the students and teachers were abuzz with how wonderful you were. One teacher said you were the best visiting author we have ever had. It took my kids an hour to eat dinner because they wouldn't stop talking about Winnie and Pogo. [My son] had his journal with him at the table making notes. Apparently you were quite inspirational."
I am blushing.

From another school:
"The students, faculty and staff at Summit Street School in Essex Junction, Vermont were captivated by Leda Schubert's stories and descriptions of her books. Leda shared her inspirational ideas for writing in a way that excited the students to try their hand at writing too. All of us wished that she could have stayed for at least another day!! Valli Blanchard, Learning Center Coordinator (Feb. 06)


Winnie doing what she loves best. Notice TWO balls. She used to be able to hold three, but decided it wasn't worth the effort. From a student's letter following a school visit: "Dear Leda, I was so glad to meet you yesterday. I liked the Winny (sic) books because Winny goes out and in a lot. And I liked the picture of Winny when he (sic) was a baby. It was cute. Why did you only make 4 books? I can't even make a book." Luke

Now Available or Coming Soon (Click on each title for complete information.)

Coming in June, 2017, from Neal Porter/Roaring Brook Press
New: Click for a pdf discussion and activities guide. (Look on left of page after clicking.)
Illustrated by Bonnie Christensen and published by Neal Porter/Roaring Brook Press. Fall, 2011.
Holiday House, Fall 2011. Illustrated by Amanda Haley
Illustrated by Andrea U'Ren and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. March, 2010.
A nonfiction picture book illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker. Roaring Brook Press, 2006
Illustrated by Mary Azarian, published by Houghton Mifflin 2005
Illustrated by William Benedict. Candlewick, 2000.
Serial Novel for the Boston Globe's Newspapers in Education