I love to visit with kids in schools, libraries, and book clubs across the country. I can customize my presentation depending on your needs.
DIVE INTO NONFICTION AND THE WORLD OF SHARKS!
All writing begins with research. And what could be more exciting than researching sharks! Heather will share her research and writing process, focusing on Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark. Engaging in hands-on activities, students will learn fascinating facts about sharks and why they deserve our respect and protection.
Grades K-5, 45 minutes, up to 75 students.
What do all of Heather Lang’s books have in common? They're true stories about women who overcame obstacles and fought for their dreams. In this fun, interactive program, Heather discusses the obstacles she has faced during her journey as a writer and how grit helps her during the research, writing, and revision process. She will share her research process and how good detective work can make a story sing. Comparing first drafts and sketches with final copy and art, students will learn the importance of revision both for the author and illustrator. Heather will model important character-building strategies , such as setting goals and learning from failures, and students will come away with tips and tools that they can apply to their own writing and other facets of their lives.
Grades 2-5, 45 minutes, up to 75 students.
GIRLS WITH GRIT: RESEARCHING AND WRITING ABOUT BRAVE WOMEN
Heather will discuss her picture book biographies about trailblazing women. Discover how these brave women inspire her and can inspire kids to be brave, set goals, and learn from failure. She’ll share how she transforms the spark of an idea into a book and discuss her research process. Join her on her exciting research adventure for Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark. Then, comparing first drafts with final copy, Heather will reveal how she brings her stories to life with revision.
Praise from Teachers
"Having Heather visit our school and talk with my second graders as well as my after school "Girls With Grit" Bookclub was a life changing experience for my students. They were so thrilled to speak with her about all of the remarkable women in her books. She did an amazing presentation about Ruth Law and made each student feel special. They still refer to her as 'our Heather Lang.'"
-Michelle Gajda, Hawlemont Elementary, MA
"In my library Heather has a following of young readers. They greet her like an old friend when she arrives to share about the life of another strong woman. Students have even started giving her advice about who she should research for her next book! The enthusiasm for Swimming With Sharks led to fourth graders drawing and painting some of their favorite sharks and second graders writing shark cinquains for poetry month! We can’t wait to read Heather’s next book and see where it leads us."
-Sara Novogrodsky, Librarian, Haggerty School, Cambridge, MA
· School visits: $300 for one visit, $500 for two, $1000 for the day (including travel expenses outside 60 miles)
· Virtual Visits: I give free 15 to 20 minute Skype visits on a limited basis.
For more information, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org