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THYRA HEDER

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Thyra Heder available upon request - Ages 3-8

WHY HOST THYRA?

“A gleeful, tender celebration of self-expression through movement, destined to become a favorite read-aloud.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Moves executed in exuberance, impulsiveness, and self-care, climax in a gigantic, inclusive dance party complete with glittery disco ball. Heder’s stream of dancers encourages everyone to find a way to dance—even, perhaps, the most stubborn nondancers.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review

ABOUT THE BOOK: HOW DO YOU DANCE?

There are so many ways to dance! You can jiggle or wiggle or stomp. You can bop or bounce or go completely nuts. You can dance at the market or the bus stop, with your fingers or your face. You can dance because you’re happy or even because you’re sad.  


         But, what’s the best way to dance? 


         Exactly how you want to!


In How Do You Dance?, author-illustrator Thyra Heder explores dance in all of its creativity, humor, and—most of all—joy, in a picture-book celebration of personal expression that will inspire young and old readers alike to get up and get moving. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Thyra Heder is an writer and illustrator of picture books for children and a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist for film, television, fashion and architecture.  In 2015 she was a Sundance Screenwriting Fellow and awarded the San Francisco Film Society Hearst Grant along with director, Brent Green.  Her three picture books,  FraidyzooThe Bear Report and Alfie: (The Turtle That Disappeared), are published with Abrams Books for Young Readers and have received critical acclaim and international translation.  Alfie was awarded an E.B. White Read Aloud Honor by the Association of Booksellers for Children.  She was born and raised in Cambridge, MA in a family of artists, and graduated from Brown University with a BA in Art Semiotics. She now lives and works in Brooklyn.

LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION

Thyra's presentations in classrooms consist of a powerpoint showing how she became an author/illustrator, bts of the process of writing and painting, a reading of the story, a drawing demo, and in this book's case, a chance for kids to move freely afterwards. This book is very much about self expression, so while teachers might not want to throw a full on dance party (though fingers crossed you do) she thinks they will be excited about its theme of exploring emotional language through movement, and she's always happy to collaborate with a specific class need.

SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES

TBD

DESIRED NUMBER OF STUDENTS

TBD

AV/OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Thyra will need a projector, screen and access to sound for her presentation. She will also need a microphone for large audiences. 

PREPARING FOR THYRA’S VISIT

See more pages from Thyra's book HOW DO YOU DANCE? HERE

HASHTAGS/SOCIAL MEDIA

Instagram Twitter | #HowDoYouDance

ORDER FORMS

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. 

ONLINE ORDERING 

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.

 

 

 

How Do You Dance? Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419734182
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 6th, 2019

*Featured Title*

A playful picture book that urges readers to bop, bounce, and shake from the author of Fraidyzoo
 
There are so many ways to dance! You can jiggle or wiggle or stomp. You can bop or bounce or go completely nuts. You can dance at the market or the bus stop, with your fingers or your face. You can dance because you’re happy or even because you’re sad.  
         But, what’s the best way to dance? 
         Exactly how you want to!
In How Do You Dance?, author-illustrator Thyra Heder explores dance in all of its creativity, humor, and—most of all—joy, in a picture-book celebration of personal expression that will inspire young and old readers alike to get up and get moving. 


Alfie: (The Turtle That Disappeared) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419725296
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 3rd, 2017

Nia loves Alfie, her pet turtle. On the night before Nia's seventh birthday, Alfie disappears! Then, in an innovative switch in point of view, Alfie tells his side of the story. From the author-illustrator of "Fraidyzoo" comes a warm and funny ode to friendship.