Kathy’s aim, always, is to inspire student interest in reading and in writing. Visits often begin with a reading of a story she wrote in elementary school. (This is a great ice-breaker, especially with students in upper grades who are often surprised that “the author” is prepared to show her early efforts to be so mediocre.)
Reading aloud from her work – published and/or in-progress – is an important part of any visit. So is discussing various aspects of the writing and editing process, appropriate to the age and writing experience of the students involved in the visit.
Here’s what one teacher-librarian said after a visit in 2009:
It was wonderful to meet you last week & I wanted to sincerely thank you for sharing time with us. Our students are all in a buzz this week as I follow-up with them. You truly connected with our children on many levels and the common thread that keeps coming through is that you cared, you listened, you truly answered their questions and you inspired the creative juices in the young minds of today and the creative thinkers of tomorrow.
Students tend to get most out of a visit when they have been introduced to Kathy Stinson books appropriate to their age level ahead of time. It helps if they’ve had a range of writing experiences, too.
No funds to bring Kathy Stinson to your community in person? If you have a high-speed internet connection, why not consider hosting her by Skype?
It’s easy to arrange a school or library visit. Just send Kathy an email!
Before contacting her, please read about audience sizes and the cost of hosting a visit.
For other information, or to book a visit, please email Kathy Stinson.
Pictured above is Kathy Stinson meeting with a group of students during her Book Week tour on the Lower Mainland of British Columbia in 2008. She first toured for The Canadian Children’s Book Centre in Manitoba in 1983. Since then she has also toured for Book Week in the BC Interior, PEI, Quebec, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, the Western Arctic, Nunavut, New Brunswick, and Alberta. She has enjoyed meeting with readers in Saskatchewan, Labrador, and the Yukon, too, just not during Book Week. (But maybe someday?) Of course Kathy is pleased to have had the chance to meet with many of her readers in her home province of Ontario, too.