Gary Alipio is currently booking author visits for bookstores, schools, libraries and other appearances (May–August of 2019).
Why Meet An Author?
My favorite part about being a children’s author is discussing the creative journey of storytelling and bookmaking with kids. I enjoy sharing the process of developing and writing stories in a fun and relatable way with them … after all, they are still living it. I hope that by meeting a professional author (like me ^_*), the visit will help kids feel more confident about their creativity and will help inspire them to use their own voice. #KeepWriting
For Bookstores/Libraries, etc: I can discuss topics like “the 4 qualities of an author”, “the 4 stages of a good story”, or I can simply read and engage in Q+A about what it takes to be a young author or illustrator.
School Topic Ideas: How did a reluctant reader get published?; Storytelling – where do I start?; What makes you weird … and why write that story?, etc.
For Schools: I ask that you distribute book order flyers with students/parents two weeks prior to visiting (if possible), and that at least 5 books are pre-ordered for Q and As on “Why the first page of a book matters?” (book order flyer upon request by email).
Note: Studies show that actual OWNERSHIP of books increases the chances that students will develop a stronger read-at-home habit, increasing independent reading skills.
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