Ammi-Joan Paquette is the author of numerous books for young readers, including the PRINCESS JUNIPER series, NOWHERE GIRL, RULES FOR GHOSTING, and TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE, co-written with Laurie Thompson. Joan’s picture books include BUNNY BUS, GHOST IN THE HOUSE, and THE TIPTOE GUIDE TO TRACKING FAIRIES.
Joan is the recipient of a PEN New England Discovery Award honor, and her books have been recognized with starred reviews and on a variety of “Best of the Year” lists. In her non-writing life, she is a senior literary agent with Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
PRESENTATIONS IDEAL FOR STUDENTS IN 3RD-5TH GRADE
Programs will be tailored to the age of the students. Session options include:
Is It Fact—Or Fiction? – 45 minutes
Spring-boarding from her new Two Truths and a Lie series, Ammi-Joan will cover two important facets: (1) Some of the amazing wonders to be discovered in the natural world (complete with samples and fun, zany stories!); and (2) The importance and need to discern true facts from “fake news” that is growing so abundant. Tips, hands-on exercises, and more make this session really pop!
How Do You Bake a Book? – 45 minutes
From the earliest recipe to the delicious end result, this talk will guide students through every growth step along the journey toward a published book. Includes talk of revision, how to come up with ideas for their own stories, and a close-up look at story beginnings. Also includes hands-on exercises and activities to inject energy and joy into their own writing projects.
Writing Workshop – Figurative Language: Description and Setting the Scene – 45 minutes
Figurative language lets the writer’s creativity come out and play! Following a short reading, students will be introduced to the concept of descriptive language, similes and metaphors, and how to use these tools to make their writing sing. Interactive activities and hands-on writing prompts will help students find their own voice and discover a fabulous writer’s toolbox.
Writing Workshop – Developing Lifelike Characters – 45 minutes
Drawing from the characters in Princess Juniper and Rules for Ghosting, this interactive workshop takes a close-up look at what makes a truly compelling character, offering lots of practical tips to help students polish up their writing by bringing their characters to life. Hands-on writing exercises included!
How a Book Is Made: A Look Behind the Scenes – 45 minutes
How is a book written? How does it come to be published? What happens behind the scenes to bring this printed, bound book into readers’ hands? From Ammi-Joan Paquette’s unique perspective as both published author and senior literary agent, she brings the answers to these questions and more. Ammi-Joan shares her personal journey as an author — complete with anecdotes and behind-the-scenes publishing peeks — and encourage young writers and readers to shoot for the stars in all their creative endeavors.
Writing Workshop – Building Your World – 45 minutes
Drawing from the fantasy world of Princess Juniper and the rich ghost world in Rules for Ghosting, this interactive workshop will delve into the nitty-gritty of world building—in fiction and beyond. From brainstorming to building a strong foundation to filling in the gaps with all the fun—and essential—everyday stuff, students will be empowered to activate their imagination and exercise the tools for world-crafting success.
PRESENTATIONS IDEAL FOR STUDENTS IN PRESCHOOL-2ND GRADE
Fairy/Mermaid Reading and Activity – 30 minutes
Designed for very young students, this program begins and ends with a dramatized reading of one of the Tiptoe Guide books. In between, students will participate in a lively hands-on craft project.
Tiptoe Into Nature! – 45 minutes
For small groups only: A reading of The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies will be followed by an interactive nature walk (around the playground, or other nearby green space), searching out clues to fairies’ hiding places and discovering their secrets firsthand.
Writing Workshop – Fun with Fancy Words – 1st-3rd – 40 minutes
Playing with language can be tons of fun! Following a reading of Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo, students will explore new vocabulary, enjoy the sounds letters make, find exciting new words for everyday terms, and use hands-on activities to help their own writing sparkle.
Writing Workshop – Say It with Rhyme – 1st-3rd – 40 minutes
What does it take to be a poet? A lively reading of Ghost in the House will be followed by a discussion of rhyming words and how poetry works. Brainstorming, list-making, and idea-sharing are just a few of the tools we’ll use to come up with a dynamite group poem for all to share!
How Is a Book Made? – 40 minutes
In this presentation, Ammi-Joan Paquette walks through the steps of publication from concept to writing to illustration to publication, using examples and stories and following one of her titles through the process from start to finish.