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WHY HOST DANIELLE?
“It was a blast. She really did such a wonderful job of inspiring the students to express their creativity. She was wonderful. I had kids running to the computers after to write their short stories!” -Local Teacher
ABOUT THE BOOK: Zinnia & the Bees
Zinnia’s yarn bomb flops. Her older brother (aka best friend and yarn bombing accomplice) leaves without a word. And then the worst ever of worst evers: BEES. IN. HER. HAIR. Zinnia and the Bees is the story of a 12-year old knitter and yarn bomber and the colony of honeybees who mistakes her hair for a hive and lands on her head. Told from two perspectives, it’s about searching for home and learning to trust yourself and others no matter how out of control life might be.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Danielle Davis grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong and currently lives in Los Angeles. She has an M.A. in literature and creative writing and has had the privilege of teaching English to middle school and community college students. Now, she reads and writes and enjoys volunteering with literacy organizations. She also blogs at www.thispicturebooklife.com.
LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
AUTHOR VISIT OPTIONS (GRADES 3-6)
Single presentation (45-60 min.) or Half day (any 3 presentations of your choice; approx. 3 hours):
1. Large group presentation (approx. 45-60 minutes): BEE YOURSELF, BEE CREATIVE, CONNECT.
Explores bees, yarn bombing, and the nature of the writing—or any—creative method. A talk that inspires self-expression as well as process and revision.
(Projector and screen required.)
2. Classroom or small group interactive workshop (approx. 45-60 minutes.)
Writing Action: “Oh no!” or “Oh yeah!” moments + revision activity. (Projector and screen required.)
3. Classroom or small group interactive workshop (approx. 45-60 minutes).
Writing Character + revision activity. (Projector and screen required.)
4. Q & A with classroom or small group.
Optional additions: She can lead a simple pom pom craft for a small group, and they can yarn bomb something together or she can attend a lunch Q&A with students. (30 minutes.)
SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
Elementary & Middle School; grades 4-7.
DESIRED NUMBER OF STUDENTS
Prefers smaller groups and visits after 10AM, however is able to do larger groups and other times as well.
Danielle will be bringing her presentation on a Mac laptop. Therefore, she will need a projector (compatible with a mac laptop) and screen. A clicker if possible, and a mic (for larger groups) would be great as well.
PREPARING FOR DANIELLE’S VISIT
Danielle has a discussion guide on her book and bees! She also has a sheet on how to make yarn pom poms. Vroman’s will provide you with these documents via email, when booking. You can also check out her book trailer here.
Vroman’s will create an order form that your school can use and distribute pre-author visit. We will also have book plates signed on the day of the event, for any students who turn in forms post-visit.
Under Order Comments (found at the bottom of the check out page), please include: NAME OF STUDENT, GRADE LEVEL, and who the book(s) should be PERSONALIZED to.
Under Pick-up Options, please select: I would like to pick this order up at the store (although these books are going to be delivered to students on campus, on the day of the event).
Under Pick-up Location, please select: Vroman's Bookstore.
Educators: please DO NOT give books to students who say they have ordered online. Vroman’s will be bringing online orders to the campus, if placed and confirmed, BEFORE the author visit.