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Authors On Call (iNK Think Tank)

There is nothing quite like an award-winning children’s nonfiction author in your classroom to engage students and teachers in a live, interactive discussion. Authors know content and they know how to speak to children so that they “get it” and get excited. Best of all, more than likely the author’s books are already in your library so there is a terrific follow–up for the program. Students can read more about the interest in a topic generated by a program.

Authors on Call is the live and interactive educational division of iNK Think Tank, an organization of top children’s nonfiction authors. Meet them through the Nonfiction Minute – a FREE 400-word post for every school day complete with an audio file of the author reading his/her Minute. Thus the fascinating content is accessible to less fluent readers. These irresistible Minutes received more than 300,000 page views last school year and more than 90,000 unique visitors and the numbers are way up for this school year. They will give you an idea of what we authors offer. Beware! The Nonfiction Minute may be habit forming.

Authors on Call have written books on the topics of their programs that cover a wide range of curriculum areas including history, science, math, writing, and more. Authors on Call books and programs meet National Curriculum Standards. (In fact, many of them are excerpted as reading passages in standardized tests.) Let us inspire your students to dig deeper and learn more through our innovative and spontaneous programs.

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Alexandra Siy – Cars on Mars
Grade Range: 1st-8thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, ScienceCost: $300

Mars: Exploring the Red Planet is an interactive program based on the award-winning nonfiction book, CARS ON MARS. (STEM and CCSS aligned). This interactive program inspires students to learn about Mars through images, short videos, hands-on demonstrations, and stories. CARS ON MARS is also an ideal mentor text for grades 4 and up.

Bio: I’m a science writer for kids and think that science is fun, artsy, and cool. I’ve written many books that combine science and art through imagery that reveals both microscopic and far away worlds. I’ve written about insects, spiders, sneezing, and outer space. I am interested in polarities and edges, and explore these themes in my work and life. I’ve lived in big cities including New York City; New Haven, CT; and Anchorage (which is ten minutes from Alaska); Boulder, Colorado, a small city on the edge of the Rockies; and in tiny towns nestled in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. I currently live on a 73-acre sustainable family forest in New York State.

 

Alexandra Siy – I Spy Magnify: Exploring the Microscopic World
Grade Range: 1st-8thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, Science, STEMCost: $300

“I SPY MAGNIFY” is an interactive program based on the award-winning books by Alexandra Siy, which include BUG SHOTS: The Good, the Bad, and the Bugly; SNEEZE!; and MOSQUITO BITE. Featuring images and text from the books, the program challenges students to look closely and think like a scientist by forming analogies that relate to images made by a scanning electron microscope. Discussion of scale, magnification, form, and function encourages students to think across the curriculum as they use STEM skills to analyze the art.

Bio: I’m a science writer for kids and think that science is fun, artsy, and cool. I’ve written many books that combine science and art through imagery that reveals both microscopic and far away worlds. I’ve written about insects, spiders, sneezing, and outer space. I am interested in polarities and edges, and explore these themes in my work and life. I’ve lived in big cities including New York City; New Haven, CT; and Anchorage (which is ten minutes from Alaska); Boulder, Colorado, a small city on the edge of the Rockies; and in tiny towns nestled in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. I currently live on a 73-acre sustainable family forest in New York State.

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Alexandra Siy – InstaSTEM Mini: A Short Course in Photo Research
Grade Range: 3rd-12thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Category: AuthorsCost: $300

InstaSTEM combines photography, IVC, and nonfiction literature to inspire students to learn, read, and write about science while creating their own exciting scientific images. Inspired by Instagram, InstaSTEM uses technology to get kids involved in reading, research, writing–and most important–doing science! It can also be used to teach many CCSS standards. InstaSTEM provides the opportunity to explore many areas of science–including botany, zoology, meteorology, geology, and hydrology–anything that we can see and image.

Bio: I’m a science writer for kids and think that science is fun, artsy, and cool. I’ve written many books that combine science and art through imagery that reveals both microscopic and far away worlds. I’ve written about insects, spiders, sneezing, and outer space. I am interested in polarities and edges, and explore these themes in my work and life. I’ve lived in big cities including New York City; New Haven, CT; and Anchorage (which is ten minutes from Alaska); Boulder, Colorado, a small city on the edge of the Rockies; and in tiny towns nestled in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. I currently live on a 73-acre sustainable family forest in New York State.

 

 

 

Alexandra Siy – Let’s Read, Count, and SHOUT! Having Fun with the CCSS
Grade Range: PreK-KLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, MathCost: $300

LET’S READ, COUNT, AND SHOUT! is an interactive program for preK through first grade that uses Alexandra Siy’s book ONE TRACTOR: A COUNTING BOOK to introduce children to numbers, word opposites, and discovering content in images.

Bio: I’m a science writer for kids and think that science is fun, artsy, and cool. I’ve written many books that combine science and art through imagery that reveals both microscopic and far away worlds. I’ve written about insects, spiders, sneezing, and outer space. I am interested in polarities and edges, and explore these themes in my work and life. I’ve lived in big cities including New York City; New Haven, CT; and Anchorage (which is ten minutes from Alaska); Boulder, Colorado, a small city on the edge of the Rockies; and in tiny towns nestled in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. I currently live on a 73-acre sustainable family forest in New York State.

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Alexandra Siy – Name That Bug
Grade Range: 1st-8thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, EntomologyCost: $300

“NAME THAT BUG” is an interactive program based on the award-winning books by Alexandra Siy, which include BUG SHOTS: The Good, the Bad, and the Bugly; MOSQUITO BITE; and SPIDERBOOK: Friends on the Web. Featuring images and text from several of my books, the program introduces students to many kinds of insects and spiders using electron micrographs and other scientific imagery. Students will learn how to identify insects and spiders while interacting with me about the research and writing process.

Bio: I’m a science writer for kids and think that science is fun, artsy, and cool. I’ve written many books that combine science and art through imagery that reveals both microscopic and far away worlds. I’ve written about insects, spiders, sneezing, and outer space. I am interested in polarities and edges, and explore these themes in my work and life. I’ve lived in big cities including New York City; New Haven, CT; and Anchorage (which is ten minutes from Alaska); Boulder, Colorado, a small city on the edge of the Rockies; and in tiny towns nestled in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. I currently live on a 73-acre sustainable family forest in New York State.

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Alexandra Siy – Postcards from Space
Grade Range: 1st-8thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, Science, STEM, Technology, WritingCost: $300

Postcards from Space is an interactive program based on the space titles and research by Alexandra Siy. The author introduces students to NASA imagery and will lead students on a “research trip” through the cosmos as she shares how she researches and writes her books.

Andrea Warren – A Christmas Carol: The Story Behind Charles Dickens’ Beloved Holiday Classic
Grade Range: 3rd-12thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: American History, Authors, History, Social Studies, WritingCost: $300

Charles Dickens used his immense writing gift to help change the lives of the poor, and none of his stories had more impact than A Christmas Carol. He created this masterpiece with the goal of softening the hearts of the wealthy and inspiring charitable giving to the poor. To so so, he wrote a ghost story that becomes a tale of redemption, bringing to life some of literature’s most enduring characters, including Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, four spirits from beyond, and those memorable words, “Bah, humbug!” and “God bless us every one!”

Andrea Warren brings to life Charles Dickens, his times, his classic tale and its impact on his Victorian audience. She bases her presentation on her book Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London (Houghton Mifflin), written for ages ten and up.

Warren combines her love of history and story with her passion for young people and education in her award-winning non-fiction books. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Boston Globe-Horn Book, Robert F. Sibert Honor, and Orbis Pictus awards.

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Andrea Warren – Hitler’s War Against Children: How One Boy Survived the Death Camps
Grade Range: 4th-12thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, History, Social StudiesCost: $300

Andrea Warren’s Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps is widely used both in this country and others to introduce students fourth grade and up to the Holocaust through the true story of one boy who lived through Hitler’s occupation of Poland and three years in the death camps. Like her book, Warren’s presentation is non-graphic and straightforward, in spite of covering some very difficult material. Even the most sensitive of students will be captivated by Jack and his bravery. While having read the book is not required, students who do so and also hear this program will understand the what and the why of the Holocaust. Identifying with Jack, they will see Hitler’s victims as people just like themselves and will want to know more about ethnic hatred, tyrannical oppression, and World War II. For more information about the author and her books, go to AndreaWarren.com or www.InkThinkTank.com.

1. In this program I will introduce students to 12-year-old Jack, whose story begins in Poland before Hitler. In an age-appropriate manner, I will share Jack’s three-year experience in a concentration camp from ages 15 to 18, and his life since in America.
2. I will discuss how and why Hitler targeted Jewish children. I will explain in simple terms how ethnic cleansing continues to exist in our own time.
3. I will share powerful (but non-graphic) photos that convey the anguish of the Holocaust victims, and also give students a sense of Jack, his lost family, and his present life.

I will end with a Q&A session with students.
–To bring the Holocaust alive so that students feel they were there.
–T0 share the true story of a boy swept up in the Holocaust who must use his wits and humanity to survive.
–To pique students’ interest in World War II and why Hitler targeted the Jews.
–To explain why the Holocaust happened and its impact upon history.

Andrea Warren – The Orphan Trains
Grade Range: 4th-12thCategories: Authors, HistoryCost: $300

Author Andrea Warren takes students along for the journey to study the orphan trains and their impact on homeless children in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In a program both compelling and educational, she’ll discuss what happened and why to the 250,000 children.

Andrea Warren – Vietnam War Orphan
Grade Range: 4th-12thCategories: Authors, HistoryCost: $300

This program, based on the author’s book Escape From Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy, introduces students to America’s participation in the Vietnam War and to the story of one Amerasian orphan caught up in the war’s devastation.

Andrea Warren – What Children Experienced in the Civil War
Grade Range: 4th-12thCategories: Authors, HistoryCost: $300

Author Andrea Warren shares the stories of children caught inside Vicksburg during the 47-day siege that helped determine the course of the war, and also follows Ulysses Grant’s son, who was with him at Vicksburg. Based on the award-winning book Under Siege!

Andrea Warren – What Would You Have Done?
Grade Range: 4th-12thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, HistoryCost: $300

Introduce students to the works of award-winning author Andrea Warren, who writes about ordinary children caught up in challenging historical events, calling upon them to find the extraordinary within themselves.

Carla Killough McClafferty – American Holocaust Rescuer Varian Fry and His Secret Mission
Grade Range: 4th-12thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, Government, History, Social StudiesCost: $300

Did you know there was an American Holocaust rescuer who saved more lives than the well-known Oskar Schindler? Or that among the 2000 people whose lives he saved were Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, Jacques Lipchitz, and many other famous artists? In this live interactive program, Carla Killough McClafferty, author of IN DEFIANCE OF HITLER: THE SECRET MISSION OF VARIAN FRY, will introduce you to one of the bravest men you’ve never heard of. Varian Fry was a magazine editor in New York City when he volunteered to enter war torn France to rescue Jewish refugees. McClafferty uses historical photographs and documents to make the dangerous days of 1940 come to life and explain how and why refugees were trapped in Marseilles. This program is a good fit as a nonfiction book to use with curriculum units and fiction titles set during World War II.

Bio: Carla Killough McClafferty, 2015 inductee into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame, is an award-winning author of nonfiction books. Her work has been recognized for excellence in a variety of ways including an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, SLJ, Booklist and BCCB Best Books lists, Junior Library Guild Selections, and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, SLJ, BCCB, and Booklist. McClafferty is a sought after speaker who has presented programming at national and international venues including ALA, ASLA, NCTE, NSTA, Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Battlefield Visitor’s Center, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, U.S. Consulate in Marseilles, France and many more.

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Carla Killough McClafferty – Brainstorming: Where Ideas Come From
Grade Range: 4th-12thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, Literacy, WritingCost: $300

Teachers, are you tired of seeing the same boring research paper over and over? Do you yearn to read a truly original homework assignment? In this live interactive program award-winning nonfiction author Carla Killough McClafferty will work with your class and demonstrate how to generate creative ideas by actually brainstorming with your students–on the spot, spontaneous, without a net, not knowing what will happen!   Not to worry, McClafferty has done this many times and it works. Your students will quickly get the hang of letting the creative juices flow.

Bio: Carla Killough McClafferty, 2015 inductee into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame, is an award-winning author of nonfiction books. Her work has been recognized for excellence in a variety of ways including an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, SLJ, Booklist and BCCB Best Books lists, Junior Library Guild Selections, and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, SLJ, BCCB, and Booklist. McClafferty is a sought after speaker who has presented programming at national and international venues including ALA, ASLA, NCTE, NSTA, Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Battlefield Visitor’s Center, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, U.S. Consulate in Marseilles, France and many more.

Carla Killough McClafferty – Close Reading Tips and Tricks from a Nonfiction Author
Grade Range: 4th-12thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, Literacy, WritingCost: $300

Have you ever heard-or thought-“I’ve read the same paragraph over and over and I still don’t know what it says”. This session will help. In this live interactive program award-winning nonfiction author and researcher Carla Killough McClafferty will share how to do close reading on any topic that will save time and increase comprehension. Using primary source documents and books she has written as mentor texts, she will show concrete examples of how a professional reads for information.   By the end of this session, your students will have the tools they need to read informational text faster and with deeper understanding.

Bio: Carla Killough McClafferty, 2015 inductee into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame, is an award-winning author of nonfiction books. Her work has been recognized for excellence in a variety of ways including an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, SLJ, Booklist and BCCB Best Books lists, Junior Library Guild Selections, and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, SLJ, BCCB, and Booklist. McClafferty is a sought after speaker who has presented programming at national and international venues including ALA, ASLA, NCTE, NSTA, Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Battlefield Visitor’s Center, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, U.S. Consulate in Marseilles, France and many more.

 

 

Carla Killough McClafferty – Computer Geeks Who Changed the World
Grade Range: 4th-12thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: American History, Authors, History, Social Studies, STEM, TechnologyCost: $300

Computers are part of our everyday lives-for communicating, for research, for ordering books, pizza and more. Students today can’t imagine a world without computers or that our smart phones are many times more powerful than computers that filled entire rooms just decades ago. How did it happen? In this live interactive program, Carla Killough McClafferty, author of TECH TITANS, will explore the lives and work of six men who have changed the world including Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Mark Zuckerberg. Find out who they are, what they did…and why.

Bio: Carla Killough McClafferty, 2015 inductee into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame, is an award-winning author of nonfiction books. Her work has been recognized for excellence in a variety of ways including an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, SLJ, Booklist and BCCB Best Books lists, Junior Library Guild Selections, and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, SLJ, BCCB, and Booklist. McClafferty is a sought after speaker who has presented programming at national and international venues including ALA, ASLA, NCTE, NSTA, Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Battlefield Visitor’s Center, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, U.S. Consulate in Marseilles, France and many more.

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Carla Killough McClafferty – Concussions and Football: Understanding the Issues
Grade Range: 4th-12thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, Biology, Health, Sports, STEM, TechnologyCost: $300

Concussions in football and other sports fill news reports every week. Athletes, coaches, and parents are left wondering what to think. In this live interactive program, Carla Killough McClafferty, author of FOURTH DOWN AND INCHES: FOOTBALL’S MAKE-OR-BREAK MOMENT, explains what a concussion is, what a concussion isn’t, and what Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) means.   Using historic, contemporary, and medical images throughout this program, McClafferty balances the love of the game of football with what cutting edge medical research reveals about concussions and repetitive head injuries.   Participants in this program will be ahead of the curve in understanding this issue.

Bio: Carla Killough McClafferty, 2015 inductee into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame, is an award-winning author of nonfiction books. Her work has been recognized for excellence in a variety of ways including an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, SLJ, Booklist and BCCB Best Books lists, Junior Library Guild Selections, and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, SLJ, BCCB, and Booklist.  McClafferty is a sought after speaker who has presented programming at national and international venues including ALA, ASLA, NCTE, NSTA, Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Battlefield Visitor’s Center, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, U.S. Consulate in Marseilles, France and many more.

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Carla Killough McClafferty – George Washington: C.S.I. Meets the Biography Channel
Grade Range: 4th-12thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, HistoryCost: $300

Did George Washington really look like his image on the dollar bill? To find out, Mount Vernon launched a forensic examination. A dream team of scientists, historians, and artists searched for evidence of the real George Washington by studying portraits and statues of the man—along with Washington’s own dentures, hair, clothing and more. In this live interactive program, Carla Killough McClafferty, author of THE MANY FACES OF GEORGE WASHINGTON: REMAKING A PRESIDENTIAL ICON, will share her original research, photos, and little known primary source documents. Along the way, McClafferty will weave together science, history, and art to reveal George Washington in a whole new light.

Bio: Carla Killough McClafferty, 2015 inductee into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame, is an award-winning author of nonfiction books. Her work has been recognized for excellence in a variety of ways including an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, SLJ, Booklist and BCCB Best Books lists, Junior Library Guild Selections, and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, SLJ, BCCB, and Booklist. McClafferty is a sought after speaker who has presented programming at national and international venues including ALA, ASLA, NCTE, NSTA, Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Battlefield Visitor’s Center, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, U.S. Consulate in Marseilles, France and many more.

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Carla Killough McClafferty – How to Find Amazing Primary Sources Online
Grade Range: 4th-12thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, Literacy, Social Studies, WritingCost: $300

The real thing! Every great teacher knows the value of using primary source documents in their classroom. Today, high quality images of millions of original documents and objects are at our fingertips.   There are so many in fact that it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. In this live interactive program, researcher and award-winning nonfiction author Carla Killough McClafferty will give you research tips and show you how to quickly search for-and find-amazing primary source material that will enrich lessons across the curriculum. Along the way, she will show some of her favorite primary source images.

Bio: Carla Killough McClafferty, 2015 inductee into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame, is an award-winning author of nonfiction books. Her work has been recognized for excellence in a variety of ways including an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, SLJ, Booklist and BCCB Best Books lists, Junior Library Guild Selections, and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, SLJ, BCCB, and Booklist. McClafferty is a sought after speaker who has presented programming at national and international venues including ALA, ASLA, NCTE, NSTA, Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Battlefield Visitor’s Center, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, U.S. Consulate in Marseilles, France and many more.

Carla Killough McClafferty – Marie Curie: Why She is the Most Famous Female Scientist of All Time
Grade Range: 4th-12thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, Biology, History, Science, Social Studies, STEMCost: $300

Most people have heard the name Marie Curie, but few know what she actually did or why she is famous. In this live interactive program, Carla Killough McClafferty, author of SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING: MARIE CURIE AND RADIUM, will explore the life of Marie Curie-as a woman first and scientist second-and share historical photographs that will allow your students to enter Curie’s world. A world of political oppression, a world where women in Poland could not attend the universities, a world where women could not have a bank account without their husband’s consent, and where women could not vote.   Marie Curie overcame poverty, heartbreak, and discrimination to succeed. And along the way, she changed the world with her groundbreaking work.

Bio: Carla Killough McClafferty, 2015 inductee into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame, is an award-winning author of nonfiction books. Her work has been recognized for excellence in a variety of ways including an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, SLJ, Booklist and BCCB Best Books lists, Junior Library Guild Selections, and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, SLJ, BCCB, and Booklist. McClafferty is a sought after speaker who has presented programming at national and international venues including ALA, ASLA, NCTE, NSTA, Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Battlefield Visitor’s Center, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, U.S. Consulate in Marseilles, France and many more.

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Carla Killough McClafferty – The Skeleton Inside You
Grade Range: 1st-3rdLength: 30 MinMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, ScienceCost: $300

First through third grade students are familiar with skeletons they see around Halloween. This program is an introduction to the science behind X-rays. In this live interactive program Carla Killough McClafferty, Radiologic Technologist and author of THE HEAD BONE’S CONNECTED TO THE NECK BONE: THE WEIRD, WACKY AND WONDERFUL X-RAY, will make learning about science fun. Along the way, she asks students to guess what the object is as they look at X-ray images of unexpected things-including Barbie dolls, toy trucks, flowers, alligators, birds, monkeys, fruit and chocolate chip cookies.

Bio: Carla Killough McClafferty, 2015 inductee into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame, is an award-winning author of nonfiction books. Her work has been recognized for excellence in a variety of ways including an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, SLJ, Booklist and BCCB Best Books lists, Junior Library Guild Selections, and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, SLJ, BCCB, and Booklist. McClafferty is a sought after speaker who has presented programming at national and international venues including ALA, ASLA, NCTE, NSTA, Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Battlefield Visitor’s Center, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, U.S. Consulate in Marseilles, France and many more.

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Carla Killough McClafferty – Tips on Biographies and Nonfiction Features
Grade Range: 3rd-4thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, Literacy, WritingCost: $300

What better way to reinforce what you’ve taught your students about nonfiction features and reading biographies, than having an author that writes nonfiction books in your classroom? In this live interactive program award-winning nonfiction author Carla Killough McClafferty will cover the basics by showing concrete examples from her own books and the books of other authors. She will share the importance of primary source research when writing biographies and show examples from her book THE MANY FACES OF GEORGE WASHINGON: REMAKING A PRESIDENTIAL ICON and explain what experts learned from Washington’s portraits, sculptures, dentures, hair and more.

Bio: Carla Killough McClafferty, 2015 inductee into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame, is an award-winning author of nonfiction books. Her work has been recognized for excellence in a variety of ways including an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, SLJ, Booklist and BCCB Best Books lists, Junior Library Guild Selections, and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, SLJ, BCCB, and Booklist. McClafferty is a sought after speaker who has presented programming at national and international venues including ALA, ASLA, NCTE, NSTA, Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Battlefield Visitor’s Center, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, U.S. Consulate in Marseilles, France and many more.

Carla Killough McClafferty – X-rays: Not Just for Superman Anymore
Grade Range: 4th-12thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, Biology, Health, Science, STEM, TechnologyCost: $300

X-rays are commonplace today, but when they were discovered the idea of seeing the bones of a living person was frightening. In this live interactive program Carla Killough McClafferty, Radiologic Technologist and author of THE HEAD BONE’S CONNECTED TO THE NECK BONE: THE WEIRD, WACKY AND WONDERFUL X-RAY, will make learning about science fun.   McClafferty will share historic photographs and discuss the funny, bizarre, sometimes sad and sometimes dangerous uses of X-rays in the early days. Along the way, she will show photos to demonstrate how X-rays are used today to study Egyptian mummies, dinosaurs, priceless art, and more.

Bio: Carla Killough McClafferty, 2015 inductee into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame, is an award-winning author of nonfiction books. Her work has been recognized for excellence in a variety of ways including an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, SLJ, Booklist and BCCB Best Books lists, Junior Library Guild Selections, and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, SLJ, BCCB, and Booklist. McClafferty is a sought after speaker who has presented programming at national and international venues including ALA, ASLA, NCTE, NSTA, Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Battlefield Visitor’s Center, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, U.S. Consulate in Marseilles, France and many more.

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David Schwartz – How Much Is a Million?
Grade Range: 3rd-7thCategories: Authors, MathCost: $300

The author of over 50 math and science books (including HOW MUCH IS A MILLION?) uses an abundance of props and personal stories to make essential concepts come alive, tying them to children’s lives and the books they read.

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent – Lewis & ClarK: The Beginning of the New West
Grade Range: 3rd-12thCategories: Authors, HistoryCost: $300

Award winning author Dorothy Hinshaw Patent brings The Lewis and Clark Expedition to life in this slide show presentation for grades 3 to 12. Students will love learning the challenges the explorers faced–difficult terrain, wild animals, near starvation.

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent – Turning Ordinary Words into Powerful Words
Grade Range: 3rd-8thCategory: AuthorsCost: $300

Award winning author Dorothy Hinshaw Patent demonstrates her step-by-step process to show students how to pinpoint the ordinary words in their writing and turn them into powerful words that will draw in readers and keep them engaged.

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent – When the Wolves Return: Healing an Ecosystem
Grade Range: 2nd-12thCategory: AuthorsCost: $300

When wolves returned to Yellowstone, other missing elements in the ecosystem also returned because of the restoration of the top predator. Learning what is happening in Yellowstone can aid understanding of how ecosystems function.

Jim Murphy – The Great Fire
Grade Range: 4th-12thCategory: AuthorsCost: $300

Using his CCSS exemplar book The Great Fire, award-winning author Jim Murphy discusses how he came up with the idea for the book, how research revealed its themes and how the themes shaped his writing. Integral to Jim’s process are the use of photos and maps.

Kerrie Hollihan – A Century of “History”: Global Conflict in the Eyes of Women War Reporters
Grade Range: 7th-12thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: American History, Authors, History, WritingCost: $300

Peggy Hull pleaded with an Army general for a press pass to report from the trenches in France during World War I. Other women followed – bearing witness to war on five continents across the “American Century.” Author Kerrie Hollihan draws from her award-winning book REPORTING UNDER FIRE, sharing how these tough, smart reporters revealed the unvarnished truth about war and life.

Bio: Kerrie Logan Hollihan writes award-winning nonfiction for young people. Her teen book, Reporting Under Fire: 16 Daring Women War Correspondents and Photojournalists, is a NCSS/CBC 2015 Notable Trade Book for Young People. Others have been honored by VOYA, Smithsonian magazine, Bankstreet College of Education, the National Science Teachers Association, the Amelia Bloomer Project List, the Chicago Public Library, and the Junior Library Guild.

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Kerrie Hollihan – Bizarre but Brilliant: Sir Isaac Newton
Grade Range: 4th-9thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, Science, STEMCost: $300

Isaac Newton looked skyward and saw what no one else had – how everything “up there” meshes with everything “down here.” He never told a soul, until Edmund Halley, a young astronomer with big questions, came calling. Kerrie Hollihan, author of ISAAC NEWTON & PHYSICS FOR KIDS, shares Newton’s secret science and explains how Newton’s gift of wonder forever changed our view of this world and beyond.

Bio: Kerrie Logan Hollihan writes award-winning nonfiction for young people. Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids is a National Science Teachers Association “Recommended” book and was named a “Best of the Best” by the Chicago Public Library. Other books have been honored by the National Council for the Social Studies, the Children’s Book Council, VOYA, Smithsonian magazine, Bankstreet College of Education, the Amelia Bloomer Project, rand the Junior Library Guild.

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Kerrie Hollihan – Courageous Chemist: Dr. Percy Lavon Julian
Grade Range: 3rd-9thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, Science, Social Studies, STEM, TechnologyCost: $300

African-American chemist Percy Julian fought racism all his life as he conducted a dazzling career. Julian, George Washington Carver’s scientific heir, synthesized a form of cortisone from soybeans, developing inexpensive medication for children crippled with rheumatoid arthritis. Author Kerrie Logan Hollihan introduces students to Julian, her childhood neighbor, who preached “the power of excellence.”

Bio: Kerrie Logan Hollihan writes award-winning nonfiction for young people. Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids is a National Science Teachers Association “Recommended” book and was named a “Best of the Best” by the Chicago Public Library. Other books have been honored by the National Council for the Social Studies, the Children’s Book Council, VOYA, Smithsonian magazine, Bankstreet College of Education, the Amelia Bloomer Project, rand the Junior Library Guild.

Peggy Thomas – George Washington Plants A Nation
Grade Range: 3rd-6thCategories: Authors, HistoryCost: $300

What does farming have to do with the American Revolution? In this program Peggy Thomas, author of Farmer George Plants a Nation, will show how George Washington’s love of farming influenced his vision for a new nation.

Peggy Thomas – Was George Washington a Scientist?
Grade Range: 3rd-7thCategories: Authors, HistoryCost: $300

Peggy Thomas, author of the nonfiction book Farmer George Plants a Nation, will lead students in an hour of inquiry-based learning about the scientific method and what it means to be a scientist.

Roxie Munro – Snakes! Bugs! Rats and Raptors!
Grade Range: K-5thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, STEMCost: $300

In this nature/science program, I discuss fascinating critters and show dynamic art from Hatch! (birds and their eggs), Busy Builders (special bugs and the homes they construct), Slithery Snakes (skin patterns and life-styles), and Rodent Rascals (mice, rats, porcupines, beavers, and the wild and crazy ways they live). The art, text, and books all use an interactive “gamification” device – a guessing game, to engage children, keep them interested, and learning. The vivid realistic full-frame art shows everything from the critter’s habitat to detailed close-ups. Children are fascinated by creepy crawly critters, and as they understand more, they become truly interested in science, and less afraid of these often quite beautiful creatures.
Bio: Roxie is the author/illustrator of more than 40 children’s nonfiction and concept books, many using “gamification” to encourage reading, learning, and engagement. Recent books include Market Maze (Kirkus Star); Slithery Snakes; EcoMazes: 12 Earth Adventures (School Library Journal Star; Smithsonian’s Best Children’s Science Book List); Hatch! (Outstanding Science Trade Book, NSTA & CBC); Society of International Librarians Honor Award; Bank St College Best Books, with Outstanding Merit); and Busy Builders (Bank Street CCLL Cook Prize Honor for STEM). Recent apps: “Roxie’s Puzzle Adventure” (multi-player jigsaw puzzle), “Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure” (game app), and the 3-D app, “Roxie’s DOORS.” Coming up, Masterpiece Mix, a book about art, out September 2017, and Rodent Rascals in spring 2018.

Steve Swinburne – Swim Sea Turtle Swim
Grade Range: 3rd-8thCategories: Authors, Marine ScienceCost: $300

Author Steve Swinburne shows the class a powerpoint program of his research trip to St. Kitts to discover the leatherback sea turtle. Steve shares with students his process for turning raw research facts into an engaging story. He highlights the use of strong verbs and interesting details, the importance of a good lead/introduction that hooks the reader and, finally, the power of revision.

Various Authors – Dig Deeper
Grade Range: 4th-12thCategories: Authors, WritingCost: $300

Meet with one of the authors at Authors on Call and they will teach you about writing!  How do you figure out the angle for an article or project? How do you dig up the most interesting facts? Top nonfiction authors share their secrets for uncovering fascinating information that can be used in compelling nonfiction.

Various Authors – Research projects: Tips from a Nonfiction Author
Grade Range: 4th-12thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, Literacy, WritingCost: $300

One of the authors from Authors On Call (iNK Think Tank) will come into your classroom virtually to lead a discussion about writing research papers.  In this live interactive program, we will share how to develop an idea in ways that will take it from ordinary to original.  This session will model the critical thinking skills needed to plan research so that your students get the information you need without wasting time and energy.

Various Authors – Writing Creatively About the Real World
Grade Range: 4th-12thCategories: Authors, WritingCost: $300

Meet with one of the Authors from Authors On Call to teach you about writing creatively.   Want your students to learn how to read for knowledge and write powerfully about the real world? Why not learn from authors who do this for a living? The award-winning children’s nonfiction authors of Authors On Call form  iNK Think Tank unpack their researching and writing process.

Vicki Cobb – Harry Houdini:The First International Superstar
Grade Range: 4th-8thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, HistoryCost: $300

With words from her biography and stunning photos and posters, author Vicki Cobb tells the story of how a son of poor immigrants transformed himself into the greatest magician of all time. There is special emphasis on Houdini’s ethical dilemma: How does an entertainer, who fools people for the purpose of entertainment, feel about the “spiritualists” who use the same techniques to connect people to deceased loved ones? It can produce an lively discussion.

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Vicki Cobb – How Do We Know the Earth Is Moving?
Grade Range: 3rd-7thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, ScienceCost: $300

How do we know the earth is moving when it looks like the sky is moving? Today we all know that the earth moves but most people don’t know HOW we know that. Vicki Cobb tells the compelling story of how Copernicus and Galileo fought for the acceptance of his theories. This is an amazing demonstration of outside-the-box thinking and it shows how evidence is produced by science to verify ideas that are non-intuitive.

Vicki Cobb – Science Surprises
Grade Range: 3rd-7thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, ScienceCost: $300

Vicki Cobb’s Science Surprises is a highly entertaining fast-paced interactive show that gets kids excited and enthusiastic about science, reading and poetry. Everyone in the audience experiences illusions and individuals participate in doing irresistible challenges.

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Vicki Cobb – Shrieking with Excitement Over the Solar System
Grade Range: 3rd-6thLength: Multiple VisitsMax Class Size: 35Categories: Authors, ScienceCost: $1200

This fresh, new approach to a unit on the solar system combines the excitement of an author visit with Vicki Cobb with the advantages of having her as author-in-residence to produce real student learning and achievement. It meets all CCSS, STEM standards. This involves working with Vicki over a period of time and includes 2 hours total of interactive videoconferencing, a complete lesson plan for the unit, and a wiki chronicling the course of study from both the author and the teachers, which also serves as a place to publish student work. It is tied to Vicki’s book What’s The Big Idea, which deals with first Big idea, motion, in the book, which also treats energy, matter, and life (the four big ideas in the book)

This collaboration with teachers and students will have kids screaming with excitement as they explore the NASA website.  See some of the program click here

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Vicki Cobb – The “We Dare You!” Video Project
Grade Range: 3rd-7thCategory: AuthorsCost: $300

Vicki Cobb, a well-known author of science books for kids is creating an unprecedented multi-media approach to kids’ science education that you and your students can participate in. The basis for the program is her irresistiblebook of science tricks, We Dare You! These tricks become the basis for short videos that students can make and publish on the www.wedareyouvideos.com website. Go to the website and see how much fun these videos are to watch. Then imagine how much fun they were to make.

You can choose how much participation you want from Vicki. Every interactive videoconferencing session is $300. She can also use ivc to direct a shoot and she can help edit the videos or you can do it all yourself.

This is a project that combines science and show business and creativity. An amazing combination.

Vicki Cobb – The Science Fair Coach
Grade Range: 3rd-6thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Category: AuthorsCost: $300

A science fair is an opportunity for kids to discover why scientists love science. Noted children’s hands-on science author, Vicki Cobb helps kids start their projects with enthusiasm. Her science fair book Science Surprises! offers more than 100 amazing experiments. But Vicki can often help a student find an original science project based on student interests.

Vicki Cobb – This Place Is Wet: Amazon Rain Forest
Category: AuthorsCost: $300

What’s the BIG idea about the Amazon rain forest? Why is it important for the planet? What are some of its most unusual plants and animals? How do people live here? This program is based on Vicki Cobb’s book: This Place Is Wet.

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