Visiting Author for Schools: Donna Cooner
DATE OF SCHOOL VISIT
ABOUT DONNA COONER
Donna Cooner is a former teacher and school administrator. She is the author of over twenty picture books and has also written children's television shows for PBS. Donna’s debut novel, Skinny, was named an ALA's Best Young Adult Fiction Award, BEA's Young Adult Buzz Book, and a Bankstreet College's Best Children's Book of the Year. Her book, Can't Look Away, was a Teen Choice Nominee and an ALA Top Pick for Reluctant Readers.In 2017, the Texas Library Association selected Donna as a 2017 Spirit of Texas High School Featured Author (Can't Look Away) and as a 2014 Spirit of Texas High School Featured Author (Skinny). Her new book, Worthy, released in March, 2017. Donna lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her two chocolate labs and a cat named Stu.
This spring, in collaboration with Colorado State University’s School of Education, Donna Cooner will offer a limited number of school visits to high need middle schools who do not have resources for an author’s visit. In order to maximize participation, sessions are limited to no more than fifty students and participants should be able to sign up to attend.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Worthy
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Everyone at Linden's high school is obsessed with Worthy. It's this new app that posts pictures of couples, and asks: Is the girl worthy of the guy? Suddenly, relationships implode as the votes climb and the comments get real ugly real fast. At first, Linden is focused on other things. Like cute Alex Rivera. Prom committee. Her writing. But soon she's intrigued by Worthy. Who's posting the pictures? Who's voting? And what will happen when the spotlight turns... on Linden?
LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
Donna’s talk includes thoughts on developing a positive self-image in the face of bullying and how to use personal obstacles as inspiration for writing and life. She stresses the importance of overcoming the self-critical voices that keep writers and students from succeeding. Donna enjoys participation from the students and always leaves time for Q&As.
SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
Middle School and High School
DESIRED # OF STUDENTS
A more intimate group gets better discussions going in Donna's case, but any size audience is fine.
The presentation is 30-45 minutes. The only equipment needed is a projector screen. Donna brings everything else! (She brings laptop, projector and microphone.)
PROMOTING & PREPARING FOR THE EVENT
Promoting and preparing for the author's school visit is the most important ingredients for a successful, educational, and fun event. Please be sure to carefuly read: What an Author Visit is All About.
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. Books will be available for sale at the school about a week before the event and about a week after the event. An online ordering option is available (see below).
ONLINE ORDERING LINK
Link to share with students and their families to order Donna's books: www.tatteredcover.com/book-list-donna-cooner 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.