It is very gratifying to be invited to speak at schools and conferences around the country and abroad. It warms my heart to see my well-worn books in classrooms and libraries. When teachers praise my books and kids run up to me to tell me my books are "cool," I figure I must be doing something right.

My programs consist of a slide talk of about forty minutes in which I show a bit of my story and how I put a children's book together, from the concept to the planning, the photography, the writing, editing and design. Then I open the session to questions from the audience.

The most successful presentations are those where teachers prepare the students for my visit by reading some of my books. Then they are prepared to ask pertinent questions.

Some Past Talks
Partial list of schools and conferences where I have made presentations and workshops:

Twenty schools in Southeast Washington State
Sponsored by the Literary Connection

School of Education
University of California, Davis

San Francisco Public Library
San Francisco

Literary Conference
Dublin, Ohio

American Library Association
Washington, D.C.

NCTE Conference
San Antonio, Texas

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
University of Wisconsin

Washington Post / Children's Book Guild
Washington, D.C.

Festival of the Book
Washington, D.C.

The American School in London

University of Puebla

Monterey Migrant Headstart Conference
San Francisco

Salisbury State University

Borders Book Conference
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Virginia Hamilton Kent State Conference

National Council of Teachers of English
Boston, MA and Albuquerque, NM

Spotlight on Books
Bemidji, Minnesota

Reforma, Pura Belpre Award
Austin, Texas

Pratt Institute
New York

School of Visual Arts
New York

Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District

Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah

Woodburn Public Schools

Presentations cover:

How I began to photograph, write, plan stories, put it all together and make books.


Workshops can be organized
with the needs and age of the students in mind. Some workshops have the students write an outline of a story idea. Then they photograph
or illustrate the story. They then design a book using photographs or drawings
with a hand lettered text.

©2013 George Ancona