Mr. Jay: Best Selling Author, and Founder of OakieBees.com
I am passionate about books and writing, and love that I can share that passion with others - particularly kids. Because when it comes to my work, the only thing I enjoy more than writing new stories is visiting schools and libraries and reading them to children of all ages. There's nothing better than knowing that I've been even a small part of instilling a love of books in little kids, especially as they are barraged by smart phones, video games and other distractions.
My books are meant to be fun, character-driven and entertaining, with beautiful artwork by some of then most talented illustrators in the industry. And each has a moral, or lesson that I believe is important for kids to learn at an early age, ranging from friendship, self-confidence and perseverance to keeping a positive attitude and thinking critically.
I currently live in New Jersey, and draw much of my inspiration from my wife, Amanda, and my two kids, Bria and Oakland.
MY LESSON PLANS
SCHEDULE A SCHOOL APPEARANCE
About My School Appearances
I run two assemblies: for K-3, I do a spirited reading of my book, followed by an interactive talk about the themes of the story and a finally a Q&A. For grades 4 and up, I do a slightly quicker reading, discuss about the writing process, and then conduct a short writing workshop primarily focused on how to write lyrically, and again ending with a Q&A session.
Rates: $750 per half day + book sales
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