Visiting Author for Schools: Kate Milford

Kate Milford

Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26 (morning only).(Kate will be visiting two schools: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Please indicate your DATE and TIME OF DAY preference.) Only Friday morning is available!

Kate Milford

Kate Milford is the author of the Greenglass House series, the first of which was long-listed for the National Book Award. Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, Kate now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.

ABOUT THE BOOKBluecrowne: A Greenglass House Story
Return to the world of the bestselling Greenglass House, where smugglers, magic, and pyrotechnics mix, in a new adventure from a New York Times best-selling, National Book Award-nominated, and Edgar Award-winning author. Lucy Bluecrowne is beginning a new life ashore with her stepmother and half brother, though she's certain the only place she'll ever belong is with her father on a ship of war as part of the crew. She doesn't care that living in a house is safer and the proper place for a twelve-year-old girl; it's boring. But then two nefarious strangers identify her little brother as the pyrotechnical prodigy they need to enact an evil plan, and it will take all Lucy's fighting instincts to keep her family together. Set in the magical Greenglass House world, this action-packed tale of the house's first inhabitants reveals the origins of some of its many secrets.

Please choose one of the following presentations:

Choose Your Own Adventure: Typically in one 45 minute period we get through two modules and some Q&A. My usual go to is a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style presentation, because it gives the kids some agency and tends to get them more involved, plus it can be adapted endlessly to whatever length of time we're given. I've done it in 20 minutes when I've had to; I've also had teachers extend the assembly period by as much as an additional hour to keep things going. It begins with a brief introduction of me and my books, then I explain the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure storytelling model and explain that in this presentation, the students will get to pick what I spend my time talking about. Their options are (currently): On Finding a Story; On Turning an Idea into a Draft; On Actually Writing; On Getting Unstuck; On Publication; Q&A (which I just plan to leave time for at the end, so we always do it); and the endlessly popular Tell Me a Story option, which is the first option picked 100% of the time, in which I tell one of the bits of oral storytelling from the most recent book. (That one also is the absolute best ice-breaker, so I tend to try and engineer it so it's the first one picked. Plus, beginning with the story allows for it to act as an illustration of elements of the other, more craft-focused modules.)

Storytelling Only: Runs 30 minutes, leaving 10-15 minutes for Q&A. This one's super basic: 5 minutes of intro about me and my books, then I tell a story from the most recent book. It When I go into classes where I'm in any way concerned about keeping the kids' attention or where I either don't have or don't want to mess with tech, this is what I do.

 There's a Story There30-45 minutes, including Q&A. A brief introduction of me and my books, then an overview of how I usually begin to put a story together, with an emphasis on beginning the writing process by looking for the story elements that make you want to write the story and filling in the pieces as you go. My aim with this presentation is to inspire kids to find stories by looking for the connections between things that interest them, keeping their minds open about things they might otherwise not think would inspire them, and embracing research to look for the awesome details, and empowering them to sit down and begin writing at whatever point the words start to come, without feeling like they need to know everything that's going to happen first.

Storytelling as Cartography30-45 minutes for the initial presentation and Q&A, then 20-30 minutes for students to complete and present their maps. Maps play a big part in Greenglass House, and they're a personal obsession of mine. Cartography is a kind of storytelling, and it's a great analogy for storytelling in general for a number of reasons. This presentation looks at different ways that maps show different kinds of relationships, the ways in which making good maps involves making choices, and the ways in which the creator's views and intentions become part of the final work. We talk about how not all maps show location, and how even maps that are meant to be informational can (sometimes unintentionally) tell stories. Following the presentation, the kids are challenged to make a map that tells a story; it doesn't need to be geographical, but does need to show a relationship. Volunteers present their maps and discover that in doing so, they wind up orally telling a story, bringing the program back to narrative storytelling. This is a good one for schools that want to actually do an interactive craft-focused workshop, and has the benefit of working for kids who are more drawn to visuals than to the written word. It requires more time. I developed this workshop for Thalia Arts Camp last summer, where we did it with 3rd and 4th graders, and even with kids that young, it was amazing. I'm *dying* to run it again, but it does take a school having the time to dedicate essentially two periods to it.

Upper Elementary; grades 3-6

A minimum of 75 students; maximum of 250.

Kate will be bringing her laptop with her presentation, as well as adapters so she’ll be able to plug into the schools’ projectors. Kate will need a projector, projector screen and microphone. And, a bottle of water.

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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. 

Link to share with students and their families to order Kate's books: 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 us the name of the student and parent's name and we can check. 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.


Bluecrowne: A Greenglass House Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328466884
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: Clarion Books - October 2nd, 2018

Greenglass House Cover Image
By Kate Milford, Jaime Zollars (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544540286
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - November 1st, 2016

Ghosts of Greenglass House Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328594426
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - July 31st, 2018