Author Visits - what works best for your school?
All School Assembly
Author Karen Richards Toothaker will share The Rag Doll Gift or Say Cheese! A to Z at an all-school assembly using projection to allow students to see the illustrations clearly. Students will explore the themes, details, characters, and main idea of the story through a playful, engaging process. You choose the book you want her to focus on. 30 minute assembly $100 honorarium.
Author Visit in Classroom - for Pre-K to 5th grade
Author Karen Richards Toothaker will work in a classroom to share her book(s) The Rag Doll Gift and/or Say Cheese! A to Z, using a combination of shared reading, visual literacy strategies, movement, and music. Children will be introduced to new vocabulary, explore the main characters in the story, and be given an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding in a developmentally appropriate way. Students from 2 classrooms may be combined. Lessons are aligned with the Common Core standards for each grade. Full day (4 classroom visits) $300.00 honorarium, half day (2 classroom visits) $150.00 honorarium - up to 45 minutes per classroom
The Rag Doll Gift Evening Event for Families
Author Karen Richards Toothaker will share her book The Rag Doll with parents and children. All materials will be provided for each participant to make their own fabric no-sew rag doll. These events have been enthusiastically embraced by children of all ages, boys and girls, and adults, as they work together on a rag doll to take home. Event ends with an opportunity to purchase The Rag Doll Gift and have it signed by the author. 1 hour event $150.00 honorarium with all materials provided by the author.
Say Cheese! A to Z Evening Event for Families
Author Karen Richards Toothaker will share her book Say Cheese! A to Z with parents and children. Drawing on the spunky personality of the main character, families will be invited to join in playing interactive games with plenty of photo ops - say cheese! Event ends with an opportunity to purchase Say Cheese! A to Z and have it signed by the author. 1 hour event $150.00 honorarium with all materials provided by the author.
Complementary Classroom Storytime
Author Karen Richards Toothaker will engage children in a 15-30 minute (depending on age of students) Storytime including reading (one of her books plus others), singing, movement, and a simple craft (arranged in advance with classroom teacher). Classroom teacher will send either a paper copy or an electronic order form to each family. Order forms provided by the author.
Additional travel and lodging fees may be required if distance is more than 1 hour travel time from Winthrop, Maine. Karen is interested in making it possible for schools to introduce authors to children. Please contact her to discuss possibilities if funds are restrictive.