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Write the Story Only You Can Tell

Write the Story Only You Can Tell

How many times have you heard kids groan about history lessons? In this multimedia performance, students get plugged in. Kelly shows a slideshow of images and shares how moments, memories and history inspired her children's books. Then, she takes kids on an inspiring tour of her writing process from story idea to publication. She gives them a peek at her first draft and revisions, illustrator's sketches and engages them in identifying changes and discussing why they were made. The session includes writing tips, a reading and Q&A.


Artist Background

Kelly Starling Lyons is a children’s book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery. Her picture books include CCBC Choices-honored title, One Million Men and Me; Ellen’s Broom, a Junior Library Guild and Bank Street Best selection; Tea Cakes for Tosh and Hope’s Gift, Notable Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies and One More Dino on the Floor, a Scholastic Reading Club pick. Her Jada Jones chapter book series has won praise for its celebration of friendship, character and STEAM connections. Her latest picture books are Going Down Home with Daddy and Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations. Kelly presents at schools, libraries and conferences nationwide.


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