Anna Alter

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Author Blog: Painting Bunnies


Curriculum for kindergarten through fifth grade

During this presentation, Anna will begin by reading a book of your choice to the group. She will then walk her audience step by step through the stages a book goes through after the idea for the story has taken shape. Students will learn about how she makes a first draft of her stories, gets advice from her editors, and then how she goes about making her paintings. Next she covers the steps her artwork goes through as it is transformed into a finished, printed book!

One of Anna's titles, What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe?, is an activity book about recycling and reuse. If you choose for her to feature this book during your Skype visit, Anna will talk about the importance of environmental responsibility, how she came up with the ideas in the book, and simple things kids can do to reduce, reuse, and recycle. This presentation works nicely with science units about recycling and the environment.

As a former teacher, Anna understands it is very important to present in a way that is interactive. She involves students as much as possible throughout her presentation, asking them lots of questions along the way.

At the end of her talk, students will have a chance to ask any questions they may have.

Anna adapts her talk to the age of her audience. If multiple classes are grouped together for a presentation, it is suggested that they are close in age.

Genres: picture book, how-to, poetry, nonfiction, fiction, biography

Kindergarten through fifth grade

Available Times:
Varies, email to arrange a date.

In-Depth Visit Length:This presentation will last for approximately 35 minutes, as described above.

In-Depth Visit Cost: $125

Book reading with Q&A (15 minute max): $50

Prerequisites: It is essential to a successful presentation that the students be familiarized with Anna’s books before the day of her visit. This allows her presentation to be more relevant to students, helps to build their excitement for her visit, and gives them some time to come up with questions they might like to ask. This can be done by simply reading her books in the classroom and having a basic discussion about what an author/illustrator does. Feel free to use her author bio to discuss with the students some of her personal background. It is also effective to work with students on a book making activity that helps introduce the concepts involved in creating a book.


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No recording of Skype Sessions without permission from the author.

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