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.
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)