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A podcast dedicated to demystifying the art and business of school author visits for authors, illustrators, educators, librarians, parents, and booksellers.

Author Visit Podcast Shanda McCloskey and Bonnie Clark

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A podcast dedicated to demystifying the art and business of school author visits for authors, illustrators, educators, librarians, parents, and booksellers.

    14. Talking to Students about Social Emotional Learning with Susan Verde

    14. Talking to Students about Social Emotional Learning with Susan Verde

    Bonnie and Shanda interview New York Times Best Selling Author of the I Am Series, Susan Verde, about her author visit philosophy surrounding social emotional learning (SEL).
    Susan Verde, is the New York Times Best Selling Author of the “I Am” series (which were illustrated by Peter Reynolds): I Am Human, I Am Yoga, I Am Peace, I Am Love and I Am One, along with many other books and a brand new book called THE TOSSY-TURNY PRINCESS AND THE PESKY PEA! A fairy tale to help you fall asleep! (illustrated by Jay Fleck).

    Fun fact: Susan and Shanda happen to have the same literary agent!

    Let’s get to it! … Questions we asked Susan:
     
    To start, tell us about your new book and how you came up with the topic of sleep for this one?
    Ok Susan, can you give us an overview of what you typically do during a school visit and what about it is uniquely you?
    Similar to Bonnie, many of your books fall in the social emotional learning (SEL) category which is a hot topic these days! What’s your SEL philosophy when presenting to kid readers?
    Has your visit schedule been pretty busy this year in light of the pandemic? Did you offer virtual visits? How did that go for you?
    Has a student ever brought up something uncomfortable? How did you / would you handle that?
    As an educator, mother, and school presenter, what do you see as the biggest SEL need/gap right now? Any thoughts on how to bridge that gap?
    Did I just imagine this or did you once tell me you used to be a kindergarten teacher?! How has that experience affected you as a presenter?
    Do you consider yourself more of an introvert or an extrovert? How does that play into your visits?
    How many school visits do you typically like to do a year?
    Before we wrap up, do you have any last tips for our listeners (authors, educators) about school visits or SEL?

    This podcast is sponsored by AuthorVisitCentral.com and produced by Ben McCloskey of EngineIndustries.com. And if you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts and share it with others who might enjoy it too! Thanks for listening to this episode of the Author Visit Podcast! 


    Kid book review by Beni McCloskey (6).


    Resources and books mentioned in this episode (with affiliate links that help support this podcast): The Tossy-Turny Princess and the Pesky Pea: A Fairy Tale To Help You Fall Asleep by Susan Verde (Author) and Jay Fleck (Illustrator)
    The Three Little Yogis and the Wolf Who Lost His Breath: A Fairy Tale to Help You Feel Better by Susan Verde (Author) and Jay Fleck (Illustrator)
    I Am Human by Susan Verde (Author) and Peter Reynolds (Illustrator)
    I Am Yoga by Susan Verde (Author) and Peter Reynolds (Illustrator)
    I Am Peace by Susan Verde (Author) and Peter Reynolds (Illustrator)​​​​​​
      I Am Love by Susan Verde (Author) and Peter Reynolds (Illustrator)
      I Am One by Susan Verde (Author) and Peter Reynolds (Illustrator)

    Laxmi's Mooch by Shelly Anand (Author) and Nabi H. Ali (Illustrator)
      Diary of a Pug: Paws for a Cause by Kyla May  
    Thanks for listening to this episode of the Author Visit Podcast!
     
     

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    13. Online Platforms & School Visits

    13. Online Platforms & School Visits

    Bonnie and Shanda interview elementary school media specialist, Jennifer Lewis of Indian Knoll Elementary School, about her experience and expertise with Microsoft Teams as a virtual author visit tool.
    Jennifer Lewis is the media center specialist for Indian Knoll Elementary school here in Canton, GA. This is her 24th year teaching and 10th in the media center. She’s been with Indian Knoll since the school opened ten years ago. She is very involved with the Georgia Library Media Association as part of the communications committee and she serves as their Library Media Specialist of The Year chair. 
    Jennifer enjoys presenting at conferences and is a “Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.” She was also the 2018 Georgia Library Media Specialist of the Year. 
    We’re really excited to have her here with us on the podcast today and we can’t wait to hear more about all the interesting things she’s involved in. So welcome Jennifer to the podcast!
     
    Hi Jennifer! You are kind of a big deal! I was very impressed with you and Indian Knoll when I did my virtual author visit back in February. Tell us a little about you and your school and what your favorite role in education is.
    I love collaborating with the teachers at my school to promote reading and teach their grade level standards!  I plan lessons with teachers to support these goals.”
    I work at the best school ever! We opened ten years ago and our school has always had the best community and felt like family. Many of the teachers who opened the school are still here and many of the families are also. I remember when many of our current students were born! I absolutely love my job because it is always interesting and I never have the same day twice. My job is a challenge every day in trying to serve my students and teachers the best way I can. I love collaborating with the teachers at my school to promote reading and teach their grade level standards!  I plan lessons with teachers to support these goals.  
     
    You’ve told us that you are a presenter at conferences like the GALILEO and ISTE conferences. Tell us about those and what sort of topics you cover. 
    This summer, I am presenting at the GALILEO Annual Conference and ISTE. My session at the GALILEO conference is about using the ebooks found within GALILEO to support standards and to personalize learning. My sessions at ISTE are about using Minecraft: Education Edition and using our learning management system to engage learners in the school library. I absolutely love learning new things at conferences and being a presenter often allows me to attend conferences I wouldn’t be able to go to otherwise!
     
    I learned when I visited you that Indian Knoll is a “Microsoft Incubator School”  And you are working towards being a “Microsoft Showcase School.” Tell everyone what that means!
    My school is currently a Microsoft Incubator School.  We have been working all year to raise our status to Microsoft Showcase School.  We will apply for that this summer.  Showcase Schools are basically schools that Microsoft recognizes for exceptional use of Microsoft technologies and dedication to education transformation.  Part of this has been our use of Microsoft Teams.  We have six digital teachers who use Teams for their daily instruction of students who are learning from home.  All of our teachers used Teams when school was closed due to covid.  And all of our staff has used Teams for parent conferences, IEP meetings, hosting guest readers, faculty and department meetings, author visits, technology help, etc.  With everyone using Teams so much, it helps that teachers know Teams so well and are able to navigate it easily when we have big events like author visits.  It has also been a great platform for including our digital learners who are at home.  They can connect and be a part of what is going

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    12. What is Author Visit Central?

    12. What is Author Visit Central?

    Bonnie and Shanda talk with Ben McCloskey, (Shanda's husband) the co-creator and web developer of AuthorVisitCentral.com, about the service it provides and the gap it closes when it comes to selling books for an author visit.
    If you are an author, illustrator, librarian, educator, PTA parent, book seller, etc. and you have questions about Author Visit Central, feel free to contact Ben and Shanda at: info@authorvisitcentral.com

    This podcast is sponsored by AuthorVisitCentral.com and produced by Ben McCloskey of EngineIndustries.com. And if you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts and share it with others who might enjoy it too! Thanks for listening to our 10th episode of the Author Visit Podcast! 
    Kid book review by Beni (6 years old).
    Resources and books mentioned in this episode (with affiliate links that help support this podcast): The Gumazing Gum Girl! Chews Your Destiny by Rhode Montijo 
    The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

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    • 30 min
    What Librarians WANT

    What Librarians WANT

    Cohosts, author-illustrator Shanda McCloskey and author Bonnie Clark have a conversation with elementary school librarian and media specialist, Beth Mitchell, about what makes an author visit fantastic and memorable (from her point of view).
    Beth has been a media specialist for 11 years starting in South Carolina and then moving to GA. She has an outstanding husband and is the proud mother of two sweet little girls. Who they love reading with.
    Beth is a "dream big" kind of librarian. She loves working alongside teachers and students to make dreams realities. In 2014 she brought Jan Brett to her school after winning an international contest! At her current school, she has brought in multiple authors, illustrators, and storytellers like, Peggy Eddleman, Shanda McCloskey,  Tim Lowry, Jerry Pallotta, John David Anderson, and Bonnie Clark. You can get in touch with Beth at: emitchell@gcbe.org

    This podcast is sponsored by AuthorVisitCentral.com and produced by Ben McCloskey of EngineIndustries.com. And if you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts and share it with others who might enjoy it too! Thanks for listening to our 10th episode of the Author Visit Podcast! 
    Kid book review by Paisley (3 years old)
    Resources and books mentioned in this episode (with affiliate links that help support this podcast): Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin (Author) and James Dean (Illustrator)
    Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs (Groovy Joe #1) by Eric Litwin (Author) and Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)
    Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion (Author) and Margaret Bloy Graham (Illustrator)

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    10. Beyond the Basic Visit

    10. Beyond the Basic Visit

    Cohosts, Shanda and Bonnie have a conversation with non-fiction STEM author Erin Twamley all about how she approaches school visits differently!
    Erin Twamley lives in Alabama, but has worked all over the world to create a new generation of Everyday STEM Superheroes. As an author and educator, her hands-on STEM encounters and nonfiction children’s books engage the next generation in protecting and creating a sustainable planet. In 2018, she established ErinEDU, an educational consulting group with a mission to cultivate curiosity and ask questions by sharing the adventures of diverse professionals in STEM Careers and six STEM Superpowers. And she just had a new environmental kids book released called: CAPTURING COW FARTS AND BURPS

    You can find Erin at: 
    ErinEDU.org Twitter: @STEMsuperheros Facebook: @STEMSuperhero This podcast is sponsored by AuthorVisitCentral.com and produced by Ben McCloskey of EngineIndustries.com. And if you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts and share it with others who might enjoy it too! Thanks for listening to our 10th episode of the Author Visit Podcast! 
     
    Resources and books mentioned in this episode (with affiliate links that help support this podcast): Capturing Cow Farts and Burps by Erin Twamley
    Everyday Superheroes: Women in STEM Careers by Erin Twamley and Joshua Sneideman
    Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth by Erin Twamley and Joshua Sneideman, illustrated by Mike Crosier
    Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future with 20 Projects by Erin Twamley and Joshua Sneideman, illustrated by Heather Jane Brinesh
    We Are In A Book! by Mo Willems

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    9. Getting Gigs

    9. Getting Gigs

    Cohosts, author-illustrator Shanda McCloskey and author Bonnie Clark, share how they got their very first school visit gigs as well as more ideas to bring in business!
    This podcast is sponsored by AuthorVisitCentral.com and produced by Ben McCloskey of EngineIndustries.com. And if you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts and share it with others who might enjoy it too! Thanks for listening to this episode of the Author Visit Podcast! 
     
    Resources and books mentioned in this episode (with affiliate links that help support this podcast): Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin Shannon Miller's blog: The Library Voice 

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