Maryann Cocca-Leffler Author Visit Kit
Maryann Cocca-Leffler, a Boston native, is the author and illustrator of more than 50 books for children including the award-winning Mr. Tanen’s Ties and Bus Route to Boston, A Vacation for Pooch, Theo’s Mood and the Let It Seasons series. Many of her books are based on her own childhood or that of her children. Her memory of a little lie that grew inspired her books Princess Kim and the Lie that Grew and Princess Kim and Too Much Truth. Maryann has a BFA in Illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art and currently lives in New Hampshire. Visit www.maryanncoccaleffler.com.
Three 50-minute presentations followed by a signing
Suggested Audience: Grades K–4
Maryann’s presentation encourages students to observe their own lives and find their own stories. Her presentation encompasses many of the Common Core Standards for literacy and writing including writing narratives, development and organization of a story, and publishing their own writing. In her presentation she includes concrete examples of how a moment in time, a simple trip with family or a funny incident works its way into a story. Maryann gives every student “homework for the rest of their lives” to be observant and absorb their experiences. Her PowerPoint slideshow educates while being humorous and engaging, showing the process of making a book. Maryann ends with a Q&A session and makes a drawing for the school to keep.
Professional Presentations, Workshops, Conferences
I am often invited to speak to adult audiences at professional conferences for educators or booksellers. My presentation topics are designed to fit my audience. In addition, I also offer workshops to aspiring authors and llustrators including “The Path to Children’s Book Publishing” and portfolio reviews. I have more than 30 years expereience in publishing and more than 50 books published and my presentations are informative and entertaining. Please contact me for fees and more information.
Bring me into your classroom to discuss my recent books. Perhaps your students are wondering about how I get my ideas? Or how I make my art? Let the students ask questions and meet the author and illustrator behind the books. I recommend setting up a test/tech rehearsal prior to the event date.
Please contact me directly if you are interested in a school visit or would like further information. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-603-672-8991.
A/V Tech and Other Needs
- A space that will get dark
- PowerPoint computer & projector set up
- Screen or white wall for projection
- Easel with blank paper
- CD player (I play music from my play while drawing)
Preparing for the Visit
Get the kids and staff excited! It is important to expose my books to your students prior to my visit. It will make for a more rewarding day. I request that you do not read the featured book(s) that I will be presenting to the children. Please keep grade levels somewhat together (do not mix a fourth grade class with a first grade class). I request that the teachers remain present during my presentation so that they can later reinforce what is learned.
I am happy to sign books at the end of the day or pre-sign books before the event starts. If you would like to order books for your event directly through Scholastic, schools and libraries a can receive a 40% discount and free shipping.
$1,050/day: local New Hampshire schools
$1,100/day: New England region (between one and two hours away)
$1,200/day: (more than two hours away) plus hotel & airfare/expenses when overnight travel is required
For half-day visits, please submit a request in writing via email.
$50/20-minute moderated Q&A via Skype. I recommend setting up a Skype test/tech rehearsal prior to the event date.