Thursday, August 16, 2018

I Love School Visits!

I love school visits and would love to visit your school and meet your students!  I offer programs that are tailored to various age-groups and am willing to work with you to set a price that works for your school.  For schools outside of Minnesota, I am willing to do a Skype visit!

What's Included in a Visit?

I send a copy of Bubble Wrap Girl to each school I visit ahead of time so that teachers or library staff can begin to share it with students prior to my visit.  I also provide a book order form to send home with students the day of my visit so those who would like to purchase a signed copy of the book can do so.  I then arrange to get those books back to the school in a timely manner.

I am willing to work with each school to figure out the best time-frame and topic for my presentation, but the two presentations below give you an idea of what I can share with your students.

From Pencil to Publishing

For elementary-aged students, I share about the process of writing a book and getting it published.  My presentation includes a PowerPoint and connects with what the kids are doing in class, including brainstorming an idea, adding details to their story, editing, proofreading, and more!  As I read Bubble Wrap Girl, students of all ages are captivated by the great illustrations and seeing the story come to life.  Questions and real-life experiences help kids engage with the presentation right away and meeting a "real" author gets them excited about writing. 
Bubble Wrap Girl's message of resilience and that we all have what it takes within us to do hard and great things connects with students and encourages those in the audience to shine their light, stand up for what is right, and believe in themselves.

Storytime and Sharing

For preschool-aged audiences, I read Bubble Wrap Girl while engaging the students with questions and ways the story relates to them and their experiences.  My love for kids helps me connect with this age group and our time together is a lot of fun.

About Bubble Wrap Girl

Bubble Wrap Girl is a book for kids of all ages that celebrates resilience and the courage to try new things.  Inspired by the author's daughter, main character Izzy Magee wraps herself up in bubble wrap to avoid getting hurt.  Her plan works like a charm...until the bubble wrap gets in the way of doing things she likes to do.  Eventually Izzy realizes that occasionally getting hurt is a part of life and that she isn't going to let it get in the way of having fun!  Bubble Wrap Girl was nominated for a 2018 NEMBA award.

About Me

I am a wife, mom, Lutheran pastor and author.  In addition to Bubble Wrap Girl, I have published several articles in Definitive Woman and Gather magazines.  I am passionate about sharing the message that we all have what it takes within us to do hard and great things.  I live in Central Minnesota with my family and am a graduate of UM-Duluth and Luther Seminary.


"If you are looking for an inspiring children's book that teaches growth mindset, resiliency and inner greatness, you have found your book!  In Bubble Wrap Girl, Izzy Magee warms your heart as she learns the power and joy of having the courage to try new things.  As a whole class read-aloud or a bedtime story, van Wakeren's Bubble Wrap Girl teaches us all to take that leap of faith and persevere."  - Patty Wiitanen, Alexandria Public Schools, Alexandria, MN

"Bubble Wrap Girl is a delightful new children's book with a wonderful message for people of all ages."  -Cheri Weaver, Winona Public Schools, Winona, MN

 "Engaging, different, and fun, Bubble Wrap Girl packages its uncommon message with an unexpected twist that kids and their parents will relish."  -Diane Donovan, Petaluma, CA

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed reading this article, and found it quite informative. And especially the part about wrapping the vehicle. Thanks for sharing! I generally prefer RTS for van wraps and would recommend it to all.


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