Visiting Author for Schools: All the Way to the Top

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Annette Bay Pimentel & Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins

DATE OF SCHOOL VISIT
Tuesday, March 10 through Friday, March 13. Annette and Jennifer will be doing two schools visits each day: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Please select morning or afternoon slot as well as your preferred date. 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Annette Bay Pimentel has published two picture book biographies, Mountain Chef, which won the Carter G. Woodson Award, and Girl, Running, which was a Junior Library Guild pick and received a starred review. She lives in Moscow, Idaho.

Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins joined the disability rights movement at the age of six and has been a passionate advocate ever since. In 1990, she received the Americans With Disabilities Act Award. Jennifer received her GED in 2002 before earning a B.S. in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University, which she plans to use to help children with disability rights advocacy. She lives in Colorado with her mother, Cynthia Keelan, and her service dog Mya. 

ABOUT THE BOOKAll the Way to the Top: How One Girl's Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything

This is the story of a little girl who just wanted to go, even when others tried to stop her. Jennifer Keelan was determined to make a change--even if she was just a kid. She never thought her wheelchair could slow her down, but the way the world around her was built made it hard to do even simple things. Like going to school, or eating lunch in the cafeteria. Jennifer knew that everyone deserves a voice Then the Americans with Disabilities Act, a law that would make public spaces much more accessible to people with disabilities, was proposed to Congress. And to make sure it passed, Jennifer went to the steps of the Capitol building in Washington DC to convince them. And, without her wheelchair, she climbed. ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP.

LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
45 mins, including Q&A. TOPICEvery Kid Matters, an interactive assembly about kindness and standing up for others. Outline includes:

  • Annette introduces herself as an author (where she works, etc.) and introduces idea that we all have things we can't do
  • Read the book with group call and response at various points in book
  • Introduce Jennifer
  • Jennifer talks about how other kids made her feel in elementary school--bad examples, good examples
  • What can kids in this group do? Repeat of call and response pattern from book reading, to come up with specific action items for this group
  • Q & A

SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
Elementaty School; grades K-4

DESIRED # OF STUDENTS
At least 150, hopefuly more!

AV NEEDS
Microphone, projector screen, projector linked to school's computer; Annette will bring slides on a memory stick. And a bottle of water.

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.

HASHTAGS/SOCIAL MEDIA

  • #TatteredCover 
  • #AnnetteBayPimentel
  • #JenniferKeelanChaffins
  • #AllTheWayToTheTop

ORDER FORMS
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. 

FOR STUDENTS/TEACHERS/FAMILIES/ETC. WHO WISH TO BUY BOOKS AND PAY FOR THEM WITH A CREDIT CARD 

Link to share with students and their families to buy the author's books and pay with a credit card:

https://www.tatteredcover.com/book-list-all-way-top

  • FYI: There are instructions in the link above for the purchaser, which includes the fact that the purchaser must print the confirmation email out and show it to you.
  • DO NOT give a book to someone unless they show you their printed online confirmation OR you verify the order has been placed by checking the Online Ordering spreadsheet we’ll be sharing with you. (If the order doesn’t appear, email us the name of the student and parent's name and we can keep watch for an order from them and alert you.)
  • Tattered Cover keeps track of all online orders.
  • DEADLINE: Online orders with SCHOOL PICK UP will only be available for one week after the school visit. Orders placed after that time will need to be picked up at one of our locations, or shipped.

 

All the Way to the Top: How One Girl's Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything Cover Image
By Annette Bay Pimentel, Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins (Foreword by), Nabi Ali (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492688976
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Explore - March 10th, 2020