Now booking school visits for 2014-2015 here!
It's been a great year of visits, and I'm now booking visits for next year! Teaming up with Nancy Roe Pimm has allowed us to connect with twice as many students at every school we visit. As part of every visit, we hold writing workshops with the students, and those kids never cease to amaze us! Schools that choose to add the Columbus Zoo Animals (at a special school visit price) bring another layer of enrichment to their students as well!
(Linda and Nancy) share their craft of writing, both fiction and nonfiction in their authentic “Wild About Writing” workshops (large group and small grade-level groups), which aligns with the CORE curriculum. Their hands-on, innovative workshops provide a great opportunity for additional nonfiction writing experiences in the classroom. Their work covers grades K-8, so all of our students benefited from their visit. Nancy and Linda support students to believe in their dreams through meaningful and supportive writing experiences. They are an amazing team with enthusiasm that spills over into their love of continuous learning through writing!
Deer Run Elementary
Dublin City Schools
Looking for a great author visit and one that meets Common Core standards? Look no further! Wild About Books presented by authors Nancy Roe Pimm and Linda Stanek will engage your students and teachers with all fiction and nonfiction has to offer. You can truly maximize your budget and planning with scheduling their workshops, both whole group and small group. With our recent visit, both authors were able to reach ALL students grades 3-5 twice throughout the day. Their presentation would certainly work well for students grades K-8. The whole group assembly captured our students’ interest and imagination with an engaging presentation full of racing artifacts and background information about researching and writing about animals. I was truly impressed with how Nancy and Linda both put a great deal of preparation and hard work into their visit. During the small group workshops, classes learned about the importance of writing both fiction and nonfiction in a highly creative way. It is obvious that Nancy and Linda love what they do, and want to make it a great day for all! Teachers praised both authors too, regarding their messages about researching a topic and revising your work. Students loved relating puzzles to the writing process. The optional visit from the Columbus Zoo is a must to end your special day! Students are still talking about the visit and are always requesting to check out their titles from our library. Having many books to choose from and purchase was also helpful to parents-an added benefit of having two authors visit together. Teachers commented that this was the BEST author visit they had seen in years! I agree. So glad we chose Wild About Books!
Olentangy Local Schools
A New Book Coming Soon!
Once Upon an Elephant, a conservation book about elephants is coming in Fall, 2015 from Arbordale (previously Sylvan Dell).
Good Fun Sudoku for kids is a sudoku book for beginners. Filled with puzzles, photos, cat facts and jokes, proceeds from this book go to support cat rescue efforts. Co-authored with Jen Funk Weber
Good Fun Sudoku is the big brother of my kids' book, designed for teens and adults. It teaches about the problems of cat overpopulation as well as the only effective and humane solution--trap-neuter-return. Proceeds go to cat rescue groups. Co-authored with Jen Funk Weber.
BECO'S BIG YEAR: A Baby Elephant Turns One
Imagine my excitement when I was asked to write the story of the Columbus Zoo's most popular baby's first year of life! That, and the opportunity to get "up close and personal" with Beco and Mama Phoebe -- well, it doesn't get better than that! I hope you'll be interested in learning about this extraordinary baby and the plight of elephants everywhere in
Beco's Big Year: A Baby Elephant Turns One.
THE PIG AND MISS PRUDENCE
MY PICTURE BOOK,
illustrated by Lauren Castillo
Lately I've been working on a nonfiction book about wild cats, which includes interviewing some very talented wild cat handlers at zoos--big fun! I've also been spending my time illustrating my picture book The Jack O' Lantern Tree, as well as nonfiction puzzles.To see more of my illustrations, click here.
Lauren found this copy of The Pig and Miss Prudence "in the wild" in a Manhatten bookstore!
My friends at the Grandview Heights Public Library help with props as I read. Thanks guys!
BOOKS HAVE ARRIVED, AND THEY LOOK GREAT! MY THANKS TO ILLUSTRATOR EXTRAORDINAIRE LAUREN CASTILLO AND ALL THE GREAT PEOPLE AT STAR BRIGHT FOR A JOB WELL DONE!
THANK YOU HARRIS ELEMENTARY for an awesome visit! When I arrived at the school that day this was waiting for me!
LYNCHBURG-CLAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL allowed me to spend a day in their wonderful school. It was great seeing my friends there!
FAIRBANKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL hosted me for a day full of book talks and writing workshops. It was a great day! Thanks to everyone there!
GRANVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY hosted me for a book signing and visit with students. I had a great time!
TRINITY LUTERAN SCHOOL in Toledo hosted me for a wonder Author Visit in January. They were the first school to see the actual book. Big fun! Thanks again to everyone there!
AUTUMN BOOK FESTIVAL IN FOSTORIA, OHIO I had a wonderful day in Fostoria, visiting with the friendly people there, and lots of other authors. I look forward to going back next year!
Authors John Becker and Nancy Roe Pimm with a friend in Fostoria.
"LIGHTER THAN AIR" My article, "Lighter Than Air," is in the October 2006 issue of Highlights for Children magazine. Read it and learn what it's like to fly in a blimp!
"BUILD A BLIMP" Also in Highlights October 2006 issue, a craft for making a toy blimp.
Books in the works:
- Once Upon an Elephant, coming Fall 2015.
Other Writing and Illustrating:
- Lessons and worksheets emphasizing hands-on activities and puzzles to teach at my Teachers Pay Teachers store here!
PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
- Conference Presenter: "Author Visit Workshop." Northern Ohio SCBWI, Cleveland, Ohio September 21, 2013
- Conference Presenter: "Make it Fun! Using Puzzles to Engage, Teach, and Reinforce Learning." Dublin Literacy Conference, Dublin, Ohio, February 25, 2012.
- Featured Presenter, "Make it Fun! Re-purpose Information and Materials as Puzzles to Engage, Teach and Reinforce Visitor Experience" Small Museum Association Conference. Ocean City, Maryland, February 20, 2012.
- Roundtable presenter, "Connecting with Authors Long-Distance." Michigan Association for Media in Education. Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 27, 2006.
- Conference Presenter, "Critique Groups." Central Ohio Writers of Literature for Children. April 28, 2007.
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