School visits

Heather, along with the children at Port Houston Elementary School, Houston, Texas, during Heather's visit on behalf of the Neuhaus Reading Circle
Heather, along with the children at Port Houston Elementary School, Houston, Texas, during Heather’s visit on behalf of the Neuhaus Reading Circle

Book a School Visit with Heather Henson!

Contact:
Jean Dayton at Dayton Bookings
812-824-5017
jean@daytonbookings.com
www.daytonbookings.com

Heather Henson’s Presentations:

Heather Henson is the award-winning author of picture books for children, as well as novels for middle graders and young adults. She is also a former editor of children’s books at a major publishing house, and so she can discuss the process of publishing, from start to finish. She speaks to all ages, including adult groups, and will gear her talks accordingly.

Grades K-5:

Heather reads and discusses her picture books, focusing on her most recent titles:  LIFT YOUR LIGHT A LITTLE HIGHER, THE STORY OF STEPHEN BISHOP: SLAVE-EXPLORER, illustrated by Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winner Bryan Collier, and THAT BOOK WOMAN, illustrated by Caldecott Medal-winner, David Small.   Heather uses a power point slide presentation to talk about the inspiration and the process of researching and writing both books, which each shed light on little-known aspects of Kentucky history.  Since the themes of literacy and learning are central to both books, Heather also discusses how to become a reader for life.  In addition, Heather talks about what inspires her work: home, children, family, history. She uses journals, manuscript pages, artist sketches, and mechanicals as examples of how a book comes to be, from start to finish. Q & A with students at end of session, as well as book signing.
* Presentation: 50 minutes with Q & A
* Group size: 2-3 classes per presentation preferable
*Equipment requirements: Laptop w/flash drive port, power point projector and screen, microphone for large groups.

Grades 6-8; 9-12 (3 different presentations available):

* Talk #1: Since the themes of literacy, learning, and history appeal to all ages, Heather can gear the above presentation to higher grade levels, such as middle grade and high school groups. Q & A and book signing.
*Presentation: 50 minutes w/ Q & A
*Group size: 2-3 classes per presentation preferable
* Equipment requirements: Laptop w/flashdrive port, power point projector and screen, microphone for large groups.

* Talk #2: Along with her picture books, Heather is the author of two published middle grade novels: HERE’S HOW I SEE IT/HERE’S HOW IT IS (A Bank Street Best Book of 2010) and DREAM OF NIGHT.  During this talk, Heather will read from her novels and discuss the importance of journal-keeping, writing every day, crafting multiples drafts, and persevering as a writer.  She uses a power point slide presentation to show how a book comes to be, from start to finish. Q & A with students at end of session, as well as book signing. . Q & A and book signing.
*Presentation: 50 minutes w/ Q & A
*Group size: 2-3 classes per presentation preferable
* Equipment requirements: Laptop w/flashdrive port, power point projector and screen, microphone for large groups.

* Talk #3: As an author and as a former editor of cutting edge young adult fiction, Heather is dedicated to “writing truthfully” for teens, or “telling it like it is.” Her own novel, MAKING THE RUN (HarperCollins, 2001), was hailed as “gritty” and “exceptionally honest” by Booklist and chosen as a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. In talking to teens about this book, Heather focuses on the creative process of writing, using excerpts from the book and journal entries to inspire young adults to think about how to write from their own life experiences. Q & A and book signing.
*Presentation: 50 minutes w/ Q & A
*Group size: 1-2 classes per presentation preferable
* Equipment requirements: Laptop w/flashdrive port, power point projector and screen, microphone for large groups.

Adult groups:

Heather discusses how she came to be a writer of books for young readers, sharing her own experience of working in the children’s books editorial department of Harper & Row Publishers, later HarperCollins, fresh out of college. Using a power point slide presentation, Heather discusses the importance of writing truthfully for young people, interweaving excerpts from her own work with recollections of classic children’s books that had a huge impact on her as a child along with fascinating facts about the life and work of the most influential and controversial children’s books editor of 20th century: Ursula Nordstrom.
*Presentation: 50 minutes
*Group size: unlimited
* Equipment requirements: Laptop w/flashdrive port, power point projector and screen, microphone and podium for large groups.

Heather’s education and background:

  • 30 years of editing and writing experience for major publishers
  • MA in Creative Writing, City College/City University of New York, NYC
  • BA in Creative Writing and Literature, The New School for Social Research, NYC.

Click here to read an interview with Heather.

Click here for a reading guide about That Book Woman.

Click here for a reading guide about LIFT YOUR LIGHT A LITTLE HIGHER.

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Award-winning author of books for young people