I enjoy presentations around Images of Aging in children’s books, and also topics related to my non-fiction picture book. Please contact me if interested in any similar to those described below.
Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Subtext Books, St. Paul MN:
Join authors Laura Purdie Salas (Snowman-Cold=Puddle: Spring Equations), Tracy Nelson Maurer (John Deere, That’s Who!), Megan Maynor (The Sandcastle that Lola Built), and Lindsey McDivitt (Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story) for an interactive storytime, sing-along, and book signing. Join us at 10:30 on Saturday, March 16, to celebrate spring and look ahead to summer!
Red Balloon Bookstore, St. Paul MN. Spring 2019. Reading and book signing of “Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story”
My picture book:
Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story (Sleeping Bear Press; July 2018)
—Presentations for both children and adults (30-45 minutes)
—Themes may include accepting differences, persistence, overcoming disability, nature and the environment, art, and strong role models for girls.
Possible Michigan Notable Books library tour for Nature’s Friend. June 2019.
Let’s Nip Ageism in the Bud: Older Role Models in Picture Books:
Saturday, October 27, 2018. Sage-ing International Conference, Chaska, MN.
Negative stereotypes about aging are “baked into” our culture and research tells us they can affect both health and happiness as we age. Children’s picture books provide powerful opportunities to transform what we teach children about growing older. A picture book may be beautiful and enjoyable, but can contain art and text that plant the seeds of ageism in young. (90 minutes)
Presentation: “What do we really know about growing older?”
A Power Point presentation using positive and accurate images from children’s picture books has an amazing impact on adults of all ages. I share important older role models and current information and research on ageism and myths around aging.
I’ve presented this program to second year nursing classes and university “Lifetime Psychology” classes. 90 minutes of presentation, terrific participation and discussion.
Study groups for adults entitled “A is for Aging: Changing Attitudes to Aging One Child at a Time”. We explore our own attitudes to aging as we examine the messages in a variety of children’s picture books. We discuss the effects of ageism on readers young and old along with strategies for talking about growing older with kids in positive ways. Please contact me if interested.
I’ve also presented on Children’s Picture Books as Anti-Ageism Tools.