Creating Young Authors One Child at a Time
Both a fun AND informative evening! Stephanie Guzman did a wonderful job sharing with parents and children alike in our January Family Reading Night! Stephanie shred about writing and publishing her books, shared effective reading strategies, and had fun crafts and a comprehension beach ball for the families to take home. Everyone one said it was an A+ evening!
— Darlene Wontrop (Reading Specialist, Jarrettsville Elementary)
Stephanie Guzman taught 2nd grade for seven years and is now a reading specialist. She is very comfortable in the classroom and interacting with children of all ages. You will not be disappointed with your author visit.
Here’s What Students Are Saying about Stephanie’s Visit
- I just want to say thank you for coming. Oliver is so cute. I sure learned a lot about how people make books. You just inspired me! He rocks!
From: Liliana (Fourth Grade Student)
- Thank you for teaching me how to publish a book. You reminded me to not judge people by their outsides.
From: Micah (Third Grade Student)
- Thank you for the wonderful time. You inspired me to follow all of my DREAMS and never give up!
From: Amaya (Third Grade Student)
Here’s What Teachers are Saying about Stephanie’s Visit
“Stephanie did an outstanding job presenting to our school for family night! The students were very intrigued with her books and enjoyed them immensely!”
From: Fran Townsend (Third Grade Teacher, Churchville Elementary)
Stephanie Guzman is available to come to your school, library, or childcare center to share her book and the steps of the publishing process with your students. There are four different types of programs to choose from or you can create your own.
- Pre-K – 2nd grade: This program lasts about 30-35 min. and is much more interactive with 50 children or less. The program uses the first book, The Adventures of Oliver the Clownfish: Invitation Slip-Up, and addresses the importance of making predictions before reading a story and confirming predictions afterwards. To begin the presentation, Stephanie introduces children to the idea of how to choose a topic to write about and why she decided to write about fish. She uses volunteers from the audience to help make predictions before reading the text. The text is read. After reading the text students go back to confirm their predictions. As closure to the presentation, the students sing along with Stephanie, the Oliver the Clownfish song. Stephanie will then discuss with students their ideas for their writing and how with hard work anything is possible. Finally a question and answer period will occur if time allows.
- 3rd – 5th grade: This program lasts about 50-60 min. and also works best with no more than 50 students at a time. The program uses the second book, The Adventures of Oliver the Clownfish: Acting Cool. This program addresses the importance of how to choose friends wisely and the multiple layers of the publishing process. To begin this presentation students work interactively with Stephanie to identify how to create a publishing company and why an ISBN number is needed. She discusses with students how to make good decisions when choosing friends. Next, the book is read. After the reading the text the students discuss the decision that Oliver had to make and relate it to their lives. Finally, Stephanie will continue the previous discussion on the publishing process and explain what is involved in self-publishing their work. If time allows, the students will sing the Oliver the Clownfish song with Stephanie and a question and answer period will occur.
- All Elementary Grade Levels: This program is designed for many children and can occur as an evening program. During this program, Stephanie will read the book of your choice and discuss her inspiration for writing children’s books. There will be “under the sea” arts and crafts for children to participate in while a book signing takes place. During this time, parents can ask questions and receive important information in helping their child with reading and writing at home.
- Elementary Parents: This program last about 45 min. and is designed to address what parents can do to encourage a long time love for reading in the hearts of their children. Stephanie will go over a list of things that can be done at home. Plus, parents will get to “make-and-take” a reading comprehension ball to help build their child’s reading comprehension in a fun and exciting way at home.
To schedule your visit with Stephanie Guzman and receive pricing information, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be one of the first 3 schools in Baltimore, Cecil or Harford County, Maryland to book a visit with Stephanie during the 2014-2015 school year, and she will come to your school at no charge* and provide each school with one FREE book!!!
Here is a simple way to handle book sales/autographing. Prior to visiting your school, Stephanie will send samples of both of her books. You can then put the books on display so your students can read them and choose which one/s they want. Next, take orders for the books (Stephanie will send you a sample order form if you need one – just ask). When all the orders are in, please email the titles, children’s names and teacher’s names to email@example.com. She’ll take the books out of her collection, sign each book and bring them with her when she comes to your school. You can distribute the books whenever you choose. This helps to eliminate the chaos that occurs on “author visit day” when kids are trying to pay for their books, get them signed, etc. You can also keep the sample books as Stephanie’s gift. Books can also be purchased after the event but shipping may apply.
If you prefer to handle book sales some other way, Stephanie will be happy to work with you. Just let her know what you have in mind.
*a minimum of 5 hardcover books need to be purchased for your author visit to occur