I enjoy presentations around Images of Aging in children’s books, and topics related to my non-fiction picture book. Please contact me if you’re interested in any similar to those described below.

Monday, April 1, 2019 at The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. “Images of Aging in Picture Books” at Picture Book Salon at 7:00 pm.

Friday, April 26th, 2019. Howard Miller Library—Kent District, near Grand Rapids Michigan. 10:30 am. Nature’s Friend reading and book signing.

Saturday, April 27th 2019 at Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Nature’s Friend reading & book signing at Earth Day event.

Red Balloon Bookstore, St. Paul MN. April 20, 3 pm. Reading and book signing of “Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story”

Thursday, May 9th at 5:30 pm. Books, Cheese & Wine: Author chat at 2nd Half with Lyngblomsten 1415 Almond Avenue, St. Paul MN.

Sunday, May 12th, Nature’s Friend book sales & signing at Wordplay Literary Festival, Minneapolis, MN. 2-3 pm and 4-5 pm. (At the SCBWI booth near The Loft Literary Center on Washington Ave.)

 Types of presentations available—-

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.

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)

"Nana in the City" by Lauren Castillo

“Nana in the City” by Lauren Castillo

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.

"Henri's Scissors" by Jeanette Winter

“Henri’s Scissors” by Jeanette Winter

I’ve also presented on Children’s Picture Books as Anti-Ageism Tools.