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Jackie reading book to a class of students.

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The Boy and the Gorilla

 Educator Guide

To arrange a school or library visit contact Candlewick Press at

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Yes, I would love to have a VIRTUAL VISIT with your class! Go to my CONTACT page for more info! 


Here's what I can share with you:


Picture Books and Activism:

Picture books can plant seeds of social justice and help to build empathy. Activism can talk and walk hand-in-hand with compassion, understanding, courage and kindness. Together we'll write stories from our own experiences that encourage and support activism.

Imagination Station:

A playful jaunt into the imaginative world of children.  Children pretend to “open up” their umbrellas… “POP” into a world of their making. Followed by a shared writing exercise as they create an original class book with the help of a real professional author. 


High Five:

Share the pen with me! Learn how to integrate the five senses: touch; smell; sight; sound; taste-- into an original story, as they collaborate with Jackie. Children will learn firsthand how authors tap into sensory details to make their stories come alive.


Broadway Bound:

Join Jackie as she leads students through a rendition of her story through a Reader’s Theatre.  Children work together in dynamic groups to chorally read their parts so that everyone is included! This offers fluency work with purpose and fun that can be shared with other classrooms as they put on a show. 


Picture Books Are Not for Dummies:

Students can get real insights for the writing process.  Picture book authors create a dummy, or rough mock-up to help them find the perfect page turn. Children can create their own dummies to celebrate the writing process.



My workshops can be adapted to fit your curriculum and are best suited for a classroom setting

Grades1-4. Visits average 45 minutes.


Please contact me for rates and further information.


Jackie Azua Kramer author visits

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