Messy Magic Birthday preview gets A+!

This week I had the pleasure to visit Winkelman Elementary School in Glenview, Illinois to preview my new book, Messy Magic Birthday, to 90 second graders. (one of whom is my granddaughter Cleo) I began by talking about writing and illustrating children’s books and how Lonely Lola Ladybug started as just an idea in my head but…
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Author School Visit Video

Collegiate K Play 1 - CopyIf you would like to see what goes on at one of my author school visits, here is your chance. But I have to warn you, these kids are cuter than puppies! If you like it, please pass this on to anther person you think would be interested especially preschool and elementary school educators, PTO organizers and Literacy Organizations. Maybe share it on Face Book or other social media sites you use. I love doing school visits…can you tell?

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Friends, Picture Books & Power Point

The Power Point Presentation I have been working on, How a Children’s Book Gets Made, is finally done! This picture shows The Map that I made for the presentation. It illustrates the traditional journey that a manuscript takes to become a picture book. I owe a big thank you to my friend and PP expert,…
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Chesapeake Academy School Visit

School Visit Chesapeake Academy Chesapeake Academy is a well-respected independent day school for Pre-K through 8th grade located on the Northern Neck of Virginia.  When I arrived, they had everything set up for me in the school library including a projector and screen that read “Welcome author Mary Jo Beswick”.  How nice that was! I gave three programs that afternoon, to three different age groups adapting my talk for grade levels. The 4th and 5th grade group was very much into my talk about how a picture book gets made despite having moved on to chapter books. The 2nd & 3rd graders were already familiar with my book and could answer every question I asked as well as ask me some mature questions like, “What’s it like to be an author?” and  Are you working on another book?” The Kindergarten and 1st graders were the group that stole my heart. They were so cute and enthusiastic about the story of Lola that when I asked them questions, they could hardly wait to be called on before their responses just rolled out of their mouths. The school had purchased copies of Lonely Lola Ladybug in advance of my visit and the teachers did a great job preparing the students so that they could get the most from the experience. I think they enjoyed the visit as much as I did. Great job Chesapeake Academy!Author Vist Chesapeake Academy  4 School Visit Chesapeake Academy me


School Visit at Halifax Elementary!

A week ago I had the pleasure to visit the four Kindergarten classes at Halifax Elementary school in Massachusetts. Mrs. Reidy, the teacher who invited me to come, had prepared the children in advance by reading my book and bio to them so they were very excited to have an author visit their classroom. I…
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