EVENTS: Thanks to all the individuals, bookstores, and libraries for arranging these events. You are heroes.
January 4: Lunenberg School, VT CLiF presentation (Children's Literacy Foundation)
February 23: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 7 p.m. First ever Vermont author spelling bee! A benefit for the library. My reputation is at stake.
March 23: Eric Carle Museum: Educators' event. Please come! http://www.nescbwi.org/2012/12/classroom.php
May 16: Dynamic Landscapes Conference, Burlington, Vt. Speaking about nonfiction. http://www.vita-learn.org/
July 27: BOOKSTOCK, Woodstock, VT. I'll be with the Vermont Bookshelf signing and chatting
July 28: BOOKSTOCK, Woodstock, VT. I'll be doing a presentation with Rob Mermin on Marcel Marceau. Come on over!
October 6: Storywalk, Montpelier My book and books of others will be celebrated at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library!
November 3: Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, 11 a.m. Early Literacy Event for teachers, librarians, and anybody else with Grace Greene and David Martin.
November 14: PORTER SQUARE BOOKS, Cambridge, MA. 7 p.m. MONSIEUR MARCEAU reading at one of my favorite bookstores.
November 23: BEAR POND BOOKS, celebrating MONSIEUR MARCEAU in Vermont.
December 1: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Honoring Mary Azarian. I'll be co-introducing this Caldecott-winning illustrator and friend.
Earlier in 2012
January: VCFA residency
February 23, 5:30 Beth Jacob Synagogue, Montpelier. Presentation about picture books.
March 14, 5:30: Everybody Wins, Waitsfield Elementary. A celebration of books and reading.
March 30, all day: Open House, VCFA, Presentation.
April 18, 11:00, Flying Pig Books, Shelburne.: Story hour!
June 20, 10:00, Jericho Town Library, Jericho, VT Story time!
June 20, 12:30-1:30, Jericho Town Library: Writing workshop
July 8-July somethingVCFA residency
November 5: Rochester Children's Book Festival, Rochester, NY. I've never been to this amazing book celebration. Excited!
November 18 (tentative) Bernice Ray School, Hanover, NH. School visit. Jollity.
November 25: Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, VT Reading and celebrating books with a plethora of wonderful writers. More to come.
December 2: Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA Reading, singing, eating borscht, and book signing!
Earlier in 2011
January 10-20: Vermont College of Fine Arts Winter Residency.
April 8: Mary Hogan Elementary, Middlebury.
April 12: Thatcher Brook Elementary, Waterbury, Celebrating EVERYBODY WINS.
July 10-22 or so: Vermont College of Fine Arts residency. Even though I won't be teaching next semester, I will be there most of the time.
New plan: I'm keeping some past events here so you'll see that I'm not lazing around watching the grass grow.
January 10-20: Vermont College of Fine Arts winter residency. Faculty member.
January 28-31: Kindling Words writing retreat, Essex, VT
February 10: Eric Carle Museum: Guest speaker, Anita Silvey's class on children's book publishing. (canceled: snow date to be determined)
April 17, 10-1: Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT Reading and signing FEEDING THE SHEEP as part of annual "Leaping Lambs and Shear Delights." See info to right and please come!
May 1, 11 a.m. (note date change) Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, VT, signing FEEDING THE SHEEP!!
May 6-9: Children's Literature New England, Essex, VT
May 13, 10:30: Signing at Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA. Come and say hello!
May 14-16: NESCBWI annual conference, Fitchburg, MA. I'll be signing on Saturday and speaking about nonfiction on Sunday. www.nescbwi.org
June 26: American Library Association, Washington, DC
Signing FEEDING THE SHEEP from 10:30-11:00. FSG booth 2812. Please come by.
July 10-July 22: Vermont College of Fine Arts: Summer residency.
July 24, 11 a.m.: Flying Pig Books in collaboration with Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes Reading and signing with Bonnie Christensen! (Me: FEEDING THE SHEEP. Bonnie: the award winning DJANGO!)
July 31, 10-12: Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, VT: signing FEEDING THE SHEEP--and a whole bunch of great authors will be there as well. This link will take you there: http://tinyurl.com/2f57nhd
September 24-26: Camp Lakeside reunion! The dream of a lifetime comes true.
October 16-17: New York Sheep and Wool Festival, Rhinebeck, NY Signing and whatnot with Merritt Books. Details to follow.
November 4: Framingham State College Children's Literature Conference. Speaking and whatnot.
November 26: Storytelling and Leftovers! Bear Pond Books in Montpelier with Ken Squier and Willem Lange. Actual leftovers. 11 a.m.
December 1: Fayston Elementary School, VT visit sponsored by CLiF, the Children's Literacy Foundation (www.clifonline.org)
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, or bookstore, and there are several presentations I can give. Please email me for further details, though I should soon have a brochure and more information here.
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 have a pretty slick--for me--Powerpoint show featuring photos of my actual messy desk. It's heartbreaking, believe me. Students as young as kindergarten have volunteered to help me clean it up. Field trip!!
This presentation is not entirely about my desk, however. It's about writing, though 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, etc.
I have several presentations for adults and older students as well, including
*The Art of the Picture Book
*Best in Show: Life on a Book Awards Committee
*Art, Text and Design: Evaluating Picture Books
*Building a Convincing Fantasy World
*I Meant What I Said and I Said What I Meant: The Picture Book Hero
*Curious and Curiouser: Researching and Writing Nonfiction
*Constructing a Scene
*It Was A Dark and Stormy Night: The Promise of the First Line
*Probably more I've forgotten
I love to talk to groups about the best books for children and young adults.
I can focus on any or all of my books,with or without powerpoint (if you have an LCD projector).
Fees: Within Vermont: $600 and up, but always negotiable, depending on length of presentation, plus mileage and expenses.
Outside Vermont: Negotiable.
Please email me for further details on school/library/bookstore visits.
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 2007 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)