In May and June of 2017, I’ll be heading to Europe for school visits! The tour will begin in the UK in mid-May and then move on to Switzerland and northern Italy by June. There are currently openings in all 3 countries. If you are a librarian at an International School somewhere else on the continent, let us know. There’s always the possibility of extending the tour if we have enough interest.
For each visit, I can do three assemblies or classrooms throughout the day. Each presentation generally lasts for fifty minutes, and includes a slideshow of my process, some storytelling, and depending on the age group, some drawing instruction or imagination activity. It’s best if each assembly is grouped by similar grade levels (for instance, 4th-5th graders all in one group). An additional 45 minutes will be available for book signing at the end of the day. Included in the visit is a personalized giclée print from Journey for your school that will arrive soon after my visit.
My presentation works for all grades (including upper elementary and beyond) and can adapt the program to fit the age and abilities of the students. I’d also be happy to substitute an event for parents or the wider school community in lieu of one of the classroom assemblies.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: I’ll need a microphone for larger groups and definitely a projector with speakers for all presentations. I hookup my device using my own cables and remote and generally this goes off without a hitch. A wireless mic is preferred but not necessary. When I arrive at your school, we’ll take some time to make sure everything is working.
FEES: $2000 American/per full day. All travel and accommodation will be booked on our end but then later split between the participating schools for each leg of the tour. By scheduling several schools during a week of travel, this will help keep costs down for everyone.
BOOKING: Please contact Aimee at firstname.lastname@example.org to book Aaron at your school!
HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THE VISIT: About four weeks out from the event, try your hand at “reading” Journey to your class. You can download my guide to reading a wordless picture book here. This would also be a good time to get your order in place if students wish to preorder books. See below for details on that. Then, a few days before the visit, bring out the book again and have them tell you the story. You can get them excited about the upcoming visit by showing my documentary about the making of Journey and the trailers for Journey, Quest, and Return. Leading up to the big day, plan on having your students do some writing or drawing exercises related to the books. You can click on my Teacher Resource page for a list of suggestions or make up your own! Downloading the Journey Trilogy Activity Kit is a good place to start. Getting the students involved with the story as creators will get them primed and ready and also give them something to show off during our event!
PREORDER BOOKS: I’m unable to sell books directly, but there are a couple easy ways to preorder books for your students. The trilogy is available in English as well as German, French, and Italian. You can preorder from your local bookstore – the link here describes the process here in the US, but it shouldn’t be too different in your country.