Kids who get called the worst names oftentimes find each other. "The Misfits" are given the chance to finally stand up and discover who they really are. http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Misfits/James-Howe/The-Misfits/9780689839559
ISBN: 9780689839559
The Misfits
Description: Kids who get called the worst names oftentimes find each other. "The Misfits" are given the chance to finally stand up and discover who they really are. http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Misfits/James-Howe/The-Misfits/9780689839559

My presentations to elementary and middle school students are highly participatory. I ask lots of questions to draw students and give my audience ample opportunities to ask me questions as well. Questions are the bridges that connect us: experienced writer to beginning writer, human being to human being.

 

I am very low tech and my needs are simple. I bring hands-on materials, and all that I need are a portable or lapel microphone, if the groups are large; a surface on which to lay out my books and other materials; and a glass or bottle of room-temp water.

 

 

Elementary School Visits

Because of the range of ages for which I’ve written, I am comfortable speaking with K through 6 in elementary schools. My focus is on the writing process, specifically where ideas come from and how we develop ideas into a piece of writing. I use examples from my own books, and use one book in particular to show all the stages that a book goes through from idea to publication.

 

 

Middle School Visits

My middle school visits are always focused on The Misfits and the issues raised by that book: name-calling and bullying. Usually, I am invited to schools where The Misfits is being read as a school-wide read or in one grade. My presentation is quite different from what I do in elementary schools. While I do talk about writing, my presentation is much more conversational, in which I ask students what life is like in their school and in their experiences. What does it mean to be “different” or a “misfit” in their school? What forms does bullying take, and why do people do it? I share my own experiences and the experiences of my daughter, both of which motivated me to write The Misfits.

 

If you are interested in a school visit…

For further information about my availability, honorarium, and other terms of my school appearances, please contact Roberta Stout at author.appearances@simonandschuster.com.

 

 

If you are interested in a different type of speaking engagement…

I speak on a variety of topics to educators, parents, writers, and others.

 

For conferences, book events, etc., please contact Venessa Carson at
venessa.carson@simonandschuster.com or 212-698-7392.

 

For all other speaking appearances, contact Hadley Walker,

Director of the Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau at

hadleyw@simonspeakers.com or 212-647-6330.