When Martha visits schools and libraries, she carries this trusty fish.
Unzip it, reach inside, and grab hold of — well, you will just have to wait to find out what you grab hold of. But beware! It could be slimy.
Martha likes to talk to kids of all ages, shapes and sizes. Usually, she makes them laugh. Sometimes, this is on purpose. So far, however, she has not burped into a microphone. Do not believe anyone who tells you otherwise.
If you want to invite Martha to your town, very politely ask your teacher or librarian to check out the details or contact Martha.
I give a high-energy, low-tech, occasionally uproarious talk that emphasizes the joys of reading, writing and imagination. If the group size permits, we play a game that reinforces classroom lessons on the elements of story. It's especially fun to talk to students who have read my books. Their questions and comments are always interesting and sometimes pointed.
Most of my books are for students in second through sixth grades, but Mrs. Wow Never Wanted a Cow is for younger children, and A Thousand Reasons Never to Kiss a Boy is for middle school and high school. The Year My Parents Ruined My Life seems to work well for many age groups. I am also available to speak to parents, librarians, teachers, and writers.
Group size is flexible. Smaller groups give us more opportunity for interaction, but I have faced down auditoriums filled with eighth graders and lived to tell. Workshops are for 20 or fewer students.
I am delighted to sign copies of my books for your students, parents, grandparents, pets.... Books should be ordered six weeks or more ahead of time. Usually, it's easiest to coordinate through a local bookstore. Most of my books are published by Holiday House, 212 688 0085. Mrs. Wow may be ordered from Random House, 800 733 3000.
Contact me for details on an honorarium and expenses.