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SCHOOL VISITS

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A GLIMPSE INTO CREATING PICTURE BOOKS WITH CHRISTY

I LOVE to talk about picture books and art! Students will get to peek behind the curtain to get a glimpse at the way I work, see how a picture book goes from idea to publication, discuss where ideas come from, see original art, and more.

My debut picture book, Lucky, is full of opportunities to discuss science-related concepts like keystone species, ocean currents, watersheds, as well as SEL concepts such as community, friendship, and problem-solving. A great way for students and teachers alike to connect to the environment and art.

The Storytellers Rule is perfect for inspiring students to get creative. Students will learn how to create well-rounded characters, how to follow their interests and shape those interests into stories, and the potential in a really terrible first draft.  Students will walk away knowing their stories are worth telling, too! 

 

Millie Fleur's Poison Garden is my heart on the page! It's the book I wish I'd had as a child when I started to feel like I needed to fit in and hide my "weird." Students will enjoy learning about the real life poison garden that inspired this book and be encouraged to embrace everything that makes them wonderfully weird. 
 

WHAT ABOUT OLDER STUDENTS?

 

I really enjoy workshops with older students! I can tailor any of my presentations or breakouts for older students – please ask me about it! Although my books are suited for younger audiences, I'm happy to speak to middle and high school students about the writing process and the business of children’s books, the publishing industry and breaking in, and making a living as a writer.

UPCOMING APPEARANCES

2024

JUNE, 2024

JUNE 10 - 12: The 12th Annual Children's Institute - American Booksellers Association

June 10-12, 2024
New Orleans, LA.


 

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MAY, 2024

MAY 22: Author Panel (Social Emotional Learning in Picture Books)
CALIBA Spring Forum- California Independent Booksellers Alliance

May 22, 2024
10:40 - 11:30 AM
San Pedro, CA.

 

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MAY 14: The Spring Forum - New England Independent Booksellers Association

May 14, 2024
5:30 - 7 PM
Manchester, NH.


 

JANUARY, 2024

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20: ALA LIBLEARNX

Resources for hosting a successful author visit

IN-PERSON VISITS

Planning an Author Visit - from Scholastic
 

VIRTUAL VISITS

Prepare for a Virtual Visit - A Teacher's Perspective
 

FUNDING A VISIT

35 Ways to Fund Author Visits - The Booking Biz
 

PRICING & MORE INFO

Saturday, January 20, 2024
11:30 AM
Baltimore, MD.


More info here: https://2024.alaliblearnx.org/

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2023

OCTOBER, 2023

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26 - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28: Georgia Book Tour

JUNE, 2023

MONDAY, JUNE 5: In-person story time and craft for The Storytellers Rule (Eustis Memorial Library)

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Monday, June 5, 2023
10:30 AM
Eustis Memorial Library 
120 North Center St.
Eustis, FL

More info here: https://eustismemoriallibrary.org/event/storytime-and-craft-with-christy-mandlin/

APRIL, 2023

THURSDAY APRIL 27: Instagram Live Q&A

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Thursday, April 27th, 2023
7:30 PM
Instagram LIVE

More info here: www.instagram.com/christymandin

SATURDAY APRIL 15: Panel Discussion: The Joys and Difficulties of Writing for Children (Orlando Book Festival)

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Saturday, April 15, 2023
12:30 PM
Orlando Public Library 
101 E. Central Blvd.
Orlando, FL

More info here: https://ocls.info/orlando-book-festival-2023

MARCH, 2023

Bookstore Visit: In-person story time and book signing launch event for The Storytellers Rule

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
11:00 AM
Barrel of Books and Games 
403 Donnelly St. 
Mount Dora, FL

More info here: https://barrelofbooksandgames.com/pages/events

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