Visiting Author for Schools: Jonathan Fenske
DATE OF SCHOOL VISIT
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jonathan is the author and illustrator of the children's picture books and leveled readers, including Plankton Is Pushy and Barnacle Is Bored. A Pig, A Fox and Stinky Socks is a follow up to the 2016 Geisel Honor Book, A Pig, A Fox, and A Box. He's also written and illustrated Love is in the Air, Guppy Up!, and Woodward and McTee. Jonathan is also a gallery artist and has exhibited his paintings all over the United States. His paintings have appeared on HGTV.com., New American Paintings, DecorDemon.com and in numerous regional newspapers and publications. His work is also in collections such as the Booth Western Museum and the Arthur Blank Family Foundation. He has done art work for Verizon, Room 214, GroundFloor Media, Nationwide, Home Depot, Telespine and 3W Races. Reading books to his own children has been one of the best experiences of his life. Watching them dive into books and sharing the adventures of their favorite characters was the impetus for writing and illustrating his own stories. Joanthan has a BFA in Sculpture from Clemson University. Jonathan lives in a suburb of Denver, CO with his wife and three young daughters. Visit Jonathan online at: www.jonathanfenske.com.
ABOUT THE NEW BOOK: Plankton Is Pushy
In this funny, underwater picture book, Plankton says hello to Mussel, but Mussel doesn't say anything back. Plankton tries everything to get quiet Mussel to talk. In fact, Plankton gets VERY pushy about it! Will Mussel ever open his mouth? Kids will relate to Plankton's frustration with Mussel, and they will be anxious to see what happens when Mussel finally does open his mouth... Geisel Award Honoree Jonathan Fenske delivers a laugh-out-loud ocean story, and this is the perfect follow-up to Barnacle is Bored.
LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
About 45 minutes. The presentation includes a little background on Jonathan, Q&A, a reading, and a draw-a-long with him. Followed by a few minutes of signing books a students go up to him, ask more questions, etc.
SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
Elementary School, grades K-2/3
DESIRED # OF STUDENTS
Prefers individual classroom presentions, but can speak to learger audience easily.
Paper/clipboards/pens or pencils or crayons for the kids. In a larger setting he has a short slideshow so would need a laptop/computer, projector, projector screen, and microphone. 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 Jonathan's books: www.tatteredcover.com/book-list-jonathan-fenske Please be sure to ask them to include the name of your school in the Notes section of the order, and if they'd like to pick the book up at school, too.