Now scheduling for FALL/WINTER 2018, including FREE Skype visits.

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Michael loves visiting schools and libraries with his fun and educational author visits. His visual and interactive presentations garner high-praise from both students and educators.

snowman BOOK LOOK younger-1 copy
 (Pre & K)
Michael introduces concepts of bookmaking.

• Author read aloud
• Silly business- how the right words make a snowman silly
• How to draw a snowman- three circles, a carrot, and a smile
• How to act like a snowman- the right moves make him realistic

snowman REVISION DECISIONS older-1 copy
 (First grade and up)
Michael connects his creative process with students’ creative writing.

• Idea development- a spark of an idea grew into books
• Rough drafts- messy copies and messy pictures came first
• Revision- changed the words and expressions to fit the character and the story
• Books- from computer to bookshelf

Michael is a certified elementary and middle school teacher with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing for Children. He has several years of classroom and outreach teaching experience.

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“You were awesome with our little ones! I was amazed how you captivated their attention!”
Ms. S., Teacher

“The kids loved your presentation. Several teachers commented on how great you did and how good you were with the kids. You have been one of the best authors that has visited our school!” 
Mrs. D., Teacher
“I especially liked the part about how many times you had to rewrite and revise your story. Thanks for sharing about how hard you worked to get the book ready to publish.”
Mrs. R., Teacher
“It was such an inspiration to our kids to meet a real author. Your presentation was great—its not easy to keep whole grade levels engaged!”
Tera B., Teacher
“I thought your presentation was really neat. I thought it was funny what you did with your computer. I also thought your book was amazing! I had a great time. I never would have guessed that you wrote the book so many times before you published it.
You write awesome books!”

Mallory, 3rd grade Student
“Thank you for coming to our school! It was fun! I had a good time.”
Journey, 1st grade Student
“The funny pictures you had with the boy and the lion have got me thinking about taking pictures and making them look funny, and then maybe writing a story.”
Jacob, 5th grade Student



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