Visiting Author for Schools: Ashley Spires
DATE OF SCHOOL VISIT
Possibly Thursday, February 8 and Friday, February 9 (Ashley will be visiting two schools on Thursday: one in the morning and one in the afternoon; and on Friday, only the morning slot is available. Please indicate your preference.)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ashley Spires grew up in a little town on the coast of British Columbia called Tsawwassen with two parents, an older sister, eight cats, a dog and the occasional newt. For a while she thought that animation was her future, but then photography caught her eye, which led her to bookmaking courses. These classes opened her eyes to the world of illustration and she never looked back. Delighted that there was, in fact, a career that allowed her to remain in her pajamas, hang out with her cats and be productive at the same time, she knew illustration was the perfect job for her. Ashley spent time living in Toronto and Saskatoon before returning to her home turf of Delta, British Columbia where she now resides with three cats, a dog and her extremely patient fella. Like Binky, Ashley does not take kindly to insects, though she rarely eats them. She has ingested a number of bugs accidentally during her frequent jogs and bike rides, but trust me, she didn't enjoy it.
LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
Presentation is 30-45 minutes with a focus on making mistakes and the importance of NOT getting it right the first time. Author talks about where ideas come from, how many times she has to redo things and how doing something because you love it is always worth while.
SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
Elementary, grades 2-6
DESIRED # OF STUDENTS
As many that will fit in a library or gym!
Computer/laptop with PowerPoint and place for USB stick with presentation, projector, projector screen, microphone if a large audience. Ashley brings her presentation on a USB stick. And a bottle of water.
Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees.
ONLINE ORDERING LINK
Link to share with students and their families to order Ashley's books: www.tatteredcover.com/book-list-ashley-spires Please make sure anyone ordering online includes the name of your school in the Notes section of the order and if they'd like to pick up the book from you at the school. Please DO NOT give a book to someone who says they ordered online unless they have the printed confirmation. PLEASE KEEP THIS! You'll need to include these confirmations when returning the leftover books so you won't be charged for them! If they do ask you for a book without a confirmation, just email me the name of the student and parent's name and I can check.