Information About School And Skype Visits
thrive on meeting my readers! I enjoy doing school visits
with children in grades K-through 6th Grade. My programs are
always tailored to fit each audience I speak to. Here,
though, are a few topics I cover:
How Do You Get Your Ideas?
tell children that I don't get ideas--they get me! I get so
excited about something that I MUST write about it. I offer
my audiences numerous specific examples about how my books
were generated, and show children how they can follow their
enthusiasms as well. So far entire books have been inspired
by: tushies, spring peepers, potato pancakes, Passover
seders, refrigerator magnets, my mother making blintzes,
button-collecting, yearning to fly, and my great-niece's
name, Katie Woo!
How Does A Book Get Published? What Are The
There is nothing like a collection of visual aids to show
children how something that begins as a glimmer of an idea
in someone's head can be nurtured step-by-step until it
becomes a finished book.
In a vivid PowerPoint presentation, I show my audiences the
many stages of my books: the original written manuscripts
scribbled on yellow legal pads, the stories printed out,
then revised, over and over. I tell children, I should be
called a re-writer because I often write my stories as much
as twenty times. This is a comfort to children, who, like
me, are always having to do things over. My book, THE
MATZAH THAT PAPA BROUGHT HOME, took 37 tries!
In my PowerPoint program, I also show the many revisions of
the pictures that my illustrators do. Some of their sketches
are close to what the final art looks like. Other sketches
need a lot of fixing!
show sketches and finished pictures by Caldecott-winning
artist Paul Zelinsky, for THE SHIVERS IN THE FRIDGE, from
Tracy Dockray's art for THE TUSHY BOOK, and from Tammie
Lyon's artwork for my many Katie Woo books.
Depending on time, and the age of my audience, I also read
complete picture books, and, of course, answer questions and
autograph my books after my presentation.
How Do You Feel When Your Stories Aren't
You Feel When Publishers Reject Them?
My answer to this is, Practice makes perfect!
Over the years, I've learned that writing books is a
roller-coaster existence. I have happy, high-as-a-cloud days
and awful, no-good, very bad ones. My way of dealing with
this is to cultivate a joyful stubbornness: I never, never,
NEVER, give up. I wrote one story that was rejected fourteen
times. It was accepted on the fifteenth try. What if I had
given up after fourteen? Children understand stubbornness;
they're very good at it.
My fees for school visits are negotiable,
depending on distance and the number of talks I give. Please
contact me for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Information For Jewish Educators
My programs for you will be similar to the
ones described above, but I will add significant information
about my Jewish journey for children, emphasizing the many
Jewish books I've written about the Sabbath, Hanukkah,
Passover, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. My talks
always encourage children to feel empowered and active in
Some Comments About My Visits
"Your contribution to our Young Author's
Conference was invaluable to the children. We've heard such
positive comments from parents, teachers, and children about
the connections you were able to make with your audience."
Dr. Nancy Crews, Middle
Tennessee State University
"Ms. Manushkin is a pleasure to deal with.
She gave the students a valuable and worthwhile experience."
The Thomas Jefferson School, Lakeland, N.Y.
"We were thrilled with your visit to your
children. They were totally engaged with your presentation."
P.S. 6, New York
"Thank you for being such an important part
of our Unit Day for the Year of Fiction. Your presentation
was both interesting and inspiring for all of us!"
The Birch Wathen Lenox School
A List Of Some Places Where I've Done
The South Street Seaport Museum
The Brooklyn Museum
The Jewish Museum
The Children's Museum of Manhattan
Montreal Public Schools
Young Author's Conference, Middle
Tennessee State University
The Museum of Jewish Heritage
Keynote Speaker, The Society of
Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
(Jewish Writers' Conference)
The Ramaz School
Solomon Schecter Schools
The JCCs of New York City, Nashville, and
Numerous public schools and libraries