Visiting Author for Schools: Kate Beasley
DATE OF SCHOOL VISIT
Monday, May 15
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
KATE BEASLEY holds a masters in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her family in Claxton, Georgia, with two dogs, one parrot, lots of cows, and a cat named Edgar.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Gertie's Leap to Greatness
"Meet the new Ramona Quimby " -- Entertainment Weekly
Gertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-From-Concentrate awesome. She has a daddy who works on an oil rig, a great-aunt who always finds the lowest prices at the Piggly Wiggly, and two loyal best friends. So when her absent mother decides to move away from their small town, Gertie sets out on her greatest mission yet: becoming the best fifth grader in the universe to show her mother exactly what she'll be leaving behind. There's just one problem: Seat-stealing new girl Mary Sue Spivey wants to be the best fifth grader, too. And there is simply not enough room at the top for the two of them. From debut author Kate Beasley, and with illustrations by Caldecott Honor artist Jillian Tamaki, comes a classic tale of hope and homecoming that will empty your heart, then fill it back up again--one laugh at a time.
LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
Kate will speak for around 35-40 minutes, engage the kids in an interactive storytelling activity that works with any size group, and then take Q&A. No longer than an hour total. During her presentation, she shares how she became a writer, tells the audience a bit about Gertie, reads a short passage, and then does the very fun storytelling activity that encourages students to have fun with their own writing.
SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
DESIRED # OF STUDENTS
Projector, projector screen, and a 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 Kate's book: www.tatteredcover.com/book-list-kate-beasley 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.
EBOOK IS AVAILABLE, TOO!
Gertie's Leap to Greatness as an ebook.