Author Visits Douglas Florian is now scheduling author visits around the country for next year. For more info contact him at Laugheteria at aol.com
Douglas Florian has written and illustrated more than fifty children’s books. These include beast feast, winner of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, insectlopedia, a national bestseller featured on National Public Radio and The Today Show, mammalabilia, winner of the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award and a New York Times “Best Illustrated Book of the Year”, and Dinothesaurus,which received starred reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly, and was a Bank Street Best Bookof the Year. This spring his new book UnBEElievables: Honeybee Poems was featured on NBC Learn, and his title Poem Runs: Baseball Poemswas starred in a Publishers Weekly review. Next fall Shiver Me Timberswill be published. It's already received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews. He has presented his poetry at The White House, Carnegie Hall, and The Museum of Modern Art.
He’s also visited more than 500 schools as an author/artist. In his highenergy presentations to students grades K to 6 he illuminates the entire process of creating a book, using humor and audience participation to generate excitement and understanding. He discusses where he gets his ideas, and shows his original artwork, as well as the printer’s proofs. He demonstrates how the editor and designer work with him to improve the text and art of the book.
From there Florian moves on to poetry, relating its different elements, such as rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration. He recites poems from his books of humorous verse while holding up blowups of the illustrations. He then finishes with a large‑scale drawing demonstration (kids love it!) and answers questions. He gives up to four age-appropriate presentations in a day, each one lasting about 45 minutes. For more info email: Laugheteria at aol.com
Thank you for a wonderful day of poetry and your kind words at the poetry slam.
Our teachers and students were full of compliments and your books are flying
out the door. They all loved your presentation and were talking about it for
days. You probably know more about downtown Houston than I do. I certainly
didn't know about the Books a Million.
Thanks again and I will spread the word to my librarian friends here in town
about your wonderful visit.
All the best,
Lower School Librarian
St. John's School
Houston, Texas 77019