Author Visits

Library Media Specialist Liz Delzell surprises us with a huge banner!
photo credit: Tina Stovall

Miriam tailors presentations to each grade, and integrates discussion with the current curriculum. Topics include relating as a reader, reading as a writer, thoughtful word choice, world-building techniques, and revision.

Larry Day often joins Miriam for a visit—and he brings his drawing pens! Contact for details about an author/ illustrator presentation team.

Pre-K–K: 30-45 minutes. How is a book made? How do we tell stories? What does collaboration mean? Miriam invites interpretations of text and illustrations.  As Miriam leads the students on a “reading as writers” adventure, the students practice visual literacy skills.  

Grades K–1, 2–3, 4–5:  45-60 minutes. Where do our ideas come from? Whether you are a writer or an illustrator (or even if you can’t stand to read) everyone is a storyteller in his or her own way.  How do we connect our own lives with our characters’ struggles? How can we think of revision in a new, positive way? Students have a blast with dynamic verbs (whoda thunk?), story structure, and lively collaborative storytelling.  When Larry Day joins Miriam for a visit, Miriam leads the class in creating a group story as Larry illustrates.

Library Story Hour visits: Contact for booking.


Three Billy Goats Gruff (Galdone) cracks up this kindergarten class!
photo credit Sam Goin

Workshops/ Presentations:

Miriam facilitates writing workshops, covering everything from picture books (make your own book dummy!) to middle grade fantasy to graphic novels. Contact for details.

Miriam and Larry are occasionally available for presentations about the author/ illustrator collaborative process. Contact for details.

photo credits: Gayl Smith