Barberton, OH USA
SCHOOL VISITS: K - 8
A good non-fiction story should be more than just a bunch of facts. Author Conrad J. Storad has been writing and editing stories about science and nature for more than 30 years and has won hundreds of regional and national awards for his books and publications. One-hour presentations and writing workshops include animated readings, slide shows, and plenty of time for student questions. Preschool readings are also available, as well as teacher in-service workshops.
Year(s) of participation: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
A4ED school visit photos & blurbs:
MESQUITE ELEMENTARY, Gilbert, AZ USA
CONRAD GIVES BACK AT MESQUITE
Author Conrad Storad is proud to be a part of Authors for Earth Day. On February 13, the Arizona children's author did presentations for more than 600 students at Mesquite Elementary School in Gilbert, Arizona. Storad also read to students and parents that evening as part of the school's special Family Literacy Night event.
Librarian "Fancy Nancy" Masterson and some of the Mesquite students treated Storad and his good pal, the Story Monster to a delicious pizza lunch. Story Monster preferred snacking on stories instead of pizza.
After my visit, the kids voted for the Phoenix Zoo Conservation Fund and I donated $500 for them. I returned on Earth Day to appear on the school's video morning news and announcements and this photo was taken with 5th graders Evan Smith and Luke Andelin. An East Valley Tribune reporter was there as well for a short interview.
COPPER RIM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Globe, AZ USA
CONRAD CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AT COPPER RIM
I've now been blessed with the chance to complete more than 1,000 author visits to schools and libraries throughout our amazing country. Over the past 20 years, I have had the pleasure of reading stories, doing presentations, and running writing workshops for more than 930,000 students. Several of those visits have been completed as part of the Authors for Earth Day program. Wow! There is nothing quite like the energy and enthusiasm of an elementary school audience to recharge your own enthusiasm for this wonderful business of writing and reading. My goal of reading to 1 million students looms closer with each visit. I hope to do many, many more as part of Authors for Earth Day.
This year, the students and staff at Copper Rim Elementary in Globe, Arizona did their best to recharge my batteries. We had a fantastic day together sharing our appreciation of science and the wonders of the natural world. I also had the pleasure of presenting Fang and Stinger (An Arachnid Story), my brand new picture book, to several classes of engaged listeners.
Librarian Laurie Player-Weller and the teachers at Copper Rim had their students supercharged. They appreciate books and were ready to listen and learn. Their smiles were contagious. Their questions were focused and their comments were witty and fun. As part of the A4ED program, the students overwhelming voted to contribute a portion of my fee to the Phoenix's Zoo's Conservation Fund. Nice choice kids! This is the third year in a row my A4ED audience has voted for the Phoenix Zoo, a truly worthy cause.
I would gladly return to Copper Rim anytime to share more stories. Thank you Mrs. Player. Thank you students and teachers.
One thing remains constant: Authors for Earth Day ROCKS!
LIBERTY ELEMENTARY Buckeye, Arizona, USA
LIBERTY STUDENTS CELEBRATE A4ED WITH ENTHUSIASM
No doubt about it! There is nothing quite like a super enthusiastic elementary school audience to make your day as part of an author visit. The students at Liberty Elementary School in Buckeye, Arizona are just that type of group. In terms of enthusiasm and an appreciation for learning about science, they jumped to the front of the pack during my Authors for Earth Day presentation on April 12.
My last visit to Liberty School was more than 9 years ago, way before any of the current students were even in school. Makes a guy feel his age. Ouch. But Wow! The current students at Liberty appreciate books and were ready to learn. During my four separate presentations for Earth Day, every student in every class from Kindergarten to Grade 8 clamped on superb "listening ears." Their smiles were continuous and their questions were focused and fun. The students voted to contribute a portion of my fee to the Phoenix's Zoo's Conservation Fund, a truly worthy cause. Nice choice kids!
First Grade teacher Karen Glassick set up my day in Buckeye. I'll look forward to a return visit to Liberty School. One thing is certain: Authors for Earth Day ROCKS!
DESERT FOOTHILLS LIBRARY Cave Creek, AZ
CONRAD STORAD INSPIRES KIDS AT DESERT FOOTHILLS
Conrad's A4ED donation went to Phoenix Zoo Conservation & Science.