NO VISIT IS TOO SMALL

Signing The Big Adventures of Mr. Small at the NY Public Library in Chinatown
Signing The Big Adventures of Mr. Small at the NY Public Library in Chinatown

THE FUN IS IN THE DETAILS

What I, JoAnn Adinolfi, bing wth me to your school, ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM!  I have illustrated (and written) over thirty books for children.  I love what I do.  I love words and pictures.  Most children are fascinated with the process of expression and creating.  I break it down so that it is approachable and something everyone can do.  Reading and writing and pictures go hand in hand!

MY SCHOOL VISIT PRESENTATION...

INTRODUCTION:  I love to speak German and Italian. We learn a greeting and speak it!  We talk a  bit about immigration and different kinds of friendships as it pertains to THE LITTLE TREE and THE BIG ADVENTURES OF MR. SMALL.

WHO IS JOANN ADINOLFI AND WHAT IS HER JOB: I talk about who I am and how I work.  I show and demystify how an illustration comes to life from the first little scribble to the finished page in the books! 

READ ALOUD: I will read aloud from one of my books.  If I read from THE BIG ADVENTURE OF MR. SMALL be prepared to run in a hamster wheel and if I read from THE LITTLE TREE be prepared to fly take root and grow and drift like a leaf!

LET'S WRITE AND DRAW:  I teach how simple lines create mood.  We will discuss our character's mood, size, where it is, what it is doing et cetera.  I love to take suggestions from the children and we come up with a silly sentence or story idea, best part, we add speech bubbles.

QUESTIONS:  Here's your chance to ask me whatever you would like!

AGES AND DURATION:  I present to children from grades K-4.  The presentations vary slightly.  I prefer somewhat smaller groups to really large groups.  I can do up to four 45 minute presentations per day. Please contact me to request a pdf of the detailed presentations.

Big Dusty on the run at the NY Public Library Chatham Branch.
Big Dusty on the run at the NY Public Library Chatham Branch.

READINGS

I can also stop by to read a few books one class at a time.  Sometimes you might not want to hear me talk about myself or my books or watch me draw.  Sometimes it is just fun to READ ALOUD!  I have lots of titles to choose from.  THE LITTLE TREE, THE BIG ADVENTURES OF MR. SMALL, MY TEACHERS SECRET LIFE, THE PERFECT THANKSGIVING, SILENT e, LEAPING LIZARDS, I WANT YOUR MOO, SKATEBOARD MOM.   GRADES K-3   FORTY FIVE MINUTES

READINGS WITH DRAWING AND CRAFT

I can stop by your classroom to read one of my books to the children, talk and draw a bit.  Afterward, we create a craft based on the book, or do a simple drawing/story exercise. The school or library needs to supply the materials.  I'll give you a list and send files.  GRADES K-3  ONE HOUR

STORY STARTING WORKSHOP

At your school, library or bookstore, I'll work with children to get the juices flowing to create their own stories.  I give examples to follow.  In the process, we learn to create a story line from scribbles and random words. The children may continue the story or springboard from there onto something else.  I hand out sheets for inspiration and organization  Pencils and erasers and lots of scrap paper are required! No experience in writing and illustration is necessary!  This workshop is one and half hours in duration and is bet suited to smaller groups.  AGES 6 AND UP!

FOR THE GROWN UPS...

THE UPS AND DOWNS OF A PICTURE BOOK CREATOR WHO IS NOT A SUPER STAR AND HOW SHE SURVIVED THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION AT LEAST FOR NOW.

I would love to come to your conference, library or book store to talk about what it takes to survive in the crazy bunny eat bunny world of children's books.  I'll talk about how I got my first book published, my work, reviews, rejection, taking a long break to raise kids, working with kids, returning to the industry after the digital revolution, social media, exhaustion and more!  This is a motivational workshop that can apply to many fields and one to which men and woman can relate, and is great for those who have been in careers for a long time and can help prepare young people for the ups and downs which they may experience during their careers.  ONE HOUR PRESENTATION

HOW MUCH IS THIS GOING TO COST?

Please contact me for pricing.  My fees range from $125 for a 45 minute reading session to $800 for an all day school visit with four full presentations.  For visits more than 30 minutes away, there is $30 per total hour of driving time and if I have to get there by plane, we need to TALK!    By the way, all fees are negotiable!