Conference Presentations

“April Pulley Sayre…best known for her non-fiction writing is hands-down one of the most engaging author-speakers in all of children’s literature.”
– Cynthia Leitich Smith, author/writing prof/literature expert

“Enthusiasm par excellence! If you’re looking for a keynote speaker who is dynamic, inspiring and a master of her craft? April Pulley Sayre is your person. Presentations are full of personality and full of fascinating information from the unique perspective of an award winning children’s author. April’s knowledge of subject matter is exceeded only by the wonderfully engaging way she is able to personally “connect” with any audience – large or small. April Pulley Sayre is not to be missed!”
– Anthony D. Fredericks, Children’s Author who also spoke at SCASL conference

More Reviews of April Sayre’s Conference Talks

Reviews of April Sayre’s University Graduate Program Presentations

PRESENTATION FEES FOR CONFERENCES  Email April directly about your conference plans. She is willing to work within your budget  if the conference speech will reach a large audience of educators or librarians. Conference fees are generally less than school visit and inservice fees.

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PLAYING WITH PATTERNS! Picture Books and Beyond
Keynote, breakout session, or workshop format
Shake up your mind with a new look at books and the colorful patterns that create suspense, mood, and layers of meaning in picture books, older nonfiction, and even novels. Get an inside look at how a working author experiments with narrative and shapes words, rhythms, concepts, and plots to create reader satisfaction.

Keynote, breakout session, or workshop format
Discover the rain forest inspiration and Midwest garden goofiness behind April Pulley Sayre’s many books. Explore the essence of voice, and its role in transforming simple nonfiction ideas into layered, lyrical prose. Find out why fish names are just plain funny and what Threespine Stickleback should mean to you.

Keynote or kickoff speech for large groups only
Audiences: educators K-12 and college audiences: librarians, reading teachers, writing teachers, general educators, title I teachers, writers
Duration: 50 minutes for keynote, or shortened to 30 minutes for kickoff

Celebrate reading and writing with April Pulley Sayre, author of over 50 children’s books, as she explores delicious books and words and why they’re important even in a digital age. Explore the books that have shaped your life. Experience a colorful visual and verbal taste of how Sayre shares the wild places she loves through her work. Also, prepare to think big about how all of us, by bringing good books to children, shape our democracy and the world at large. The acronym “C.O.L.O.R.” was derived from the title of the OKI Literature Conference where this speech was first given.

Target audience: Educators of students grades K-12, college audiences.
Audience maximum: 500
Duration: 75 minutes

It’s time to tune in to what we hear. From whale songs to frog burps, this program immerses participants in wild sounds, science, and literature. Sayre will share remarkable stories gathered from scientists who study whale calls, elephant calls, bird calls, and hippo calls. She’ll recount her own experiences, and play sounds gathered from recording the calls of rain forest animals all over the world. This program explores sounds inspire Sayre’s nonfiction, and how sound adventures can introduce literature and increase listening skills. It touches upon how careful use of voice, fluency, and word choice can create literature that echoes the soundscape.

General session or breakout session
Target audience: librarians and educators of students grades K-8.
Audience maximum: 250
Duration: 75 minutes

In this session you’ll receive concrete tips and handouts for introducing science through nonfiction books. You’ll also be privy to some of the stories behind Sayre’s lyrical nonfiction picture books and older information books. With sound, video, and Sayre will share how how her travels to Madagascar, Ecuador, Panama and Peru feed her writing about nature and science. She’ll touch on how her close encounters with sea turtles, giant weasels, lemurs, dragonflies, and hawks inspire her work. She’ll also discuss the importance of voice and word choice in her books.

Contact April and describe  what would work for your group. She does do tailored presentations for big events.

Signing at Harper Booth at IRA in Atlanta
Signing at Harper Booth at IRA in Atlanta

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