Appearances

School Visits | Conference SpeakingClassroom Materials

School Visits

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: kubertpuls@gmail.com

Conference Speaking

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 kubertpuls@gmail.com for Kekla’s rates and availability.


Classroom Materials

How It Went Down Reading Guide

Rock and the River Study Guide

X A Novel Teacher’s Guide