Saturday, February 8, 2020

Sparks of inspiration and information: Reaching out to Book Sellers, Teachers, Librarians and Book Clubs by Kimberly Sabatini

This month on the blog we're reaching out to book sellers, teachers, librarians and book clubs to let them know what sparks of inspiration and information we can provide to assist THEM!

This means, if you book me for a visit (in person or virtual) I have a magic hat full of things I can use to add to your day and make your life a little better. 

First thing to know is that there is some overlap in what these groups of book folks are looking for--despite the fact that they might have very different needs on other occasions.

What I'm going to do is give you the areas where I think I have something to add and I'll let you decide if any of those buttons are worth pushing. 

First and foremost--TOUCHING THE SURFACE (Simon Pulse, Simon & Schuster) has a professionally crafted Common Core Curriculum Guide.

Exploring the Authenticity, Originality, Tenacity, and the Community of Being a Writer
(Prepared by Debbie Gonzales —
Table of Contents:
Practice vs. Talent – Sentence Crafting
Excerpt: Touching the Surface
Authenticity – A Study in Voice
Originality – Writing Outside the Box
Community – e Peer Writers Workshop
The Peer Writers Workshop: Participant Information
Meet the Author: Kimberly Sabatini
Common Core State Standards Alignment:
English Language Arts Standards » Writing
English Language Arts Standards » Speaking & Listening
Touching the Surface: Synopsis
And you can find the link to the full TOUCHING THE SURFACE Curriculum Guide HERE.
isbn: 978-1-4424-4002-9
Note: The projects and lessons included in the document have been created to compliment the content of my school visit presentation and are intended to enhance the students’ program participation and reading experience. But if you are not able to arrange a visit with me--I would LOVE for you to use the curriculum in conjunction with my book. I'm a former Special Education teacher and I know that bringing kids to reading is a fluid process and I would be proud to help you out with that. 

But growing community does not only happen in schools. I know, I've been a member of the SCBWI (the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators for over a decade. I've journeyed from nervously stepping out and looking for my crew to just recently becoming the Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI Eastern New York
My calling--my purpose in this group is a community builder. 
So, whether you're looking for sessions on starting a critique group, finding the tenacity to keep writing despite any lemons tossed at you, learning how to write outside the box or you'd like a class on becoming best friends with similies, metaphors and analogies--I can be of service.  
And I am always available to take any group through my personal journey to publication with hands on materials from my process or interject this within my other presentations depending on time.
Lastly, I am ALWAYS developing as a writer, a teacher--that never leaves you--and a presenter. After reading TOUCHING THE SURFACE if your readers or book club members organically becomes inspired by the story or ignite something new in their journey as writers--feel free to reach out to me because I believe that sparks of inspiration should always find a way to glow brighter. 
If you have the time, I'd love to know who provided you your favorite author visit/event and what made it so special.

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