School Visits | Conference Speaking | Classroom Materials
Kekla’s daily rate includes up to three 60-minute presentations to any combination of large and small groups:
- Auditorium Presentation (any number of students)
- Classroom Presentation (single classroom)
- Writing Workshop (5 to 25 students)
- Book Discussion (5 to 50 students who have all read one of Kekla’s books)
Kekla offers age-appropriate presentations for elementary, middle and high school students. Her titles are recommended for following age groups:
- The Rock and the River and Fire in the Streets (Grades 6-12). Themes: 1968, the civil rights movement, the Black Panther Party, social change, difficult choices, empowering young people to contribute to their communities.
- How It Went Down (Grades 8-12) Themes: race, violence, controversy, perspective, social justice, grief, community, media.
- X: A Novel (Grades 8-12) Themes: Malcolm X, the civil rights movement, social justice, community organizing, difficult choices, race, history.
- Robyn Hoodlum Adventures (Grades 4-8) Themes: retelling and modernization of a classic tale, friendship, social justice, dystopian society, making a difference in community
- Camo Girl (Grades 4-10). Themes: Making friends, fitting in, self-acceptance, dealing with a bully.
- 37 Things I Love (Grades 8-12). Themes: Friendship, illness/absence of a parent, peer pressure.
All presentations are interactive throughout, include Q&A time, and incorporate photo/video slideshows, if the host can provide a projector and screen.
For current school visit rates and availability, please contact Kekla’s appearance coordinator: email@example.com
Kekla speaks at book festivals, writing conferences and other events celebrating books for young readers. Past presentation topics geared toward writers, readers, educators and librarians include:
For Children’s Writers
- WordPlay!: Writing exercises to find inspiration when facing the blank page.
- Evasion of Privacy: Hiding the Truth in Fiction: Mining your memories and observations to create memorable fiction—without exposing too much of yourself in the process.
- Grown-Ups Ruin Everything…Don’t They?: Strategies for using adult characters effectively as allies and antagonists in children’s fiction.
- “I Know That Book”: A Debut Novelist’s Dream: Tips and resources for self-promoting your books for maximum exposure and sales.
For Teachers and Librarians
- Readers’ Theater: A Gateway for Engaging Reluctant Readers
- A Book’s Journey: From the Author’s Mind, to the Page, to the Reader and Beyond
- Using Historical Fiction in the Classroom: Empathy as a Path to Engaged Learning
- Seeking Self-Reflection: Strategies for Empowering Minority Youth with Diverse YA Literature
- Author Visits 101: What Any School Needs to Know to Plan, Organize and Fund Successful Author Visits
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for Kekla’s rates and availability.
How It Went Down Reading Guide
Rock and the River Study Guide
X A Novel Teacher’s Guide