School Visits and Workshops

Kathleen is happy to provide presentations for any age group and is willing to do as many as four in a day.

Kathleen’s presentations are described below but she is more than happy to chat with teachers and meet students’ specific needs. As well, as those described, Kathleen also works with smaller student groups to help them to start their own book.

Kindergarten to grade 2:

Kathleen reads her debut release with her daughter.

Group size for kindergarten through grade 2, groups should be limited approximately 25 students.  Kathleen does not focus on either Blowing Bubbles or Everyday Hero, but rather words with children to develop a story and characters of their own. Students pull physical attributes (e.g. mustache, eyes, etc) and volunteers create paper bag puppets.  As well, a setting, a problem and solution are also created for the characters. Emotions and different perspectives are discussed and role-played. Kathleen is happy to tie into any educational program, for example, Fun Friends, MindUp, Zones of Reguation, WITS.

Kathleen talks to the students about  both Blowing Bubbles and Everyday Hero, as well as books created by other student groups.  She encourages questions from students and discusses resilience and goal-setting.

Kathleen can adapt this presentation for these older students if desired.

Grades 3-7

Kathleen is happy to work with groups of any size and in any setting; e.g. classroom, gym or library.

Kathleen starts with a dramatic reading from either Blowing Bubbles or Everyday Hero.  A power point is used for Blowing Bubbles to show the book’s wonderful illustrations. Kathleen appreciates knowing the preferred focus in advance, as her books differ in theme.

Everyday Hero is about an autistic girl’s challenges and her recognition of herself as a hero and friend. Kathleen talks about aspects of bravery – both the big and small. Personal challenges and diversity are discussed. Sensory issues are also explained with a tie in to mindfulness.  Self-regulation strategies – ‘milkshake breathing’, glitter jars and positive self-talk are explored and can be demonstrated, if group size allows. Kathleen is happy to tie this into any educational program, for example, Fun Friends, MindUp, Zones of Regulation, WITS.

Kathleen Cherry Reading to a Buddy GroupKathleen also discusses her background.  She talks about the process of getting a book published and how sending out her manuscripts after multiple rejections was her own act of bravery. She discusses how her mathematical struggles helped her to develop resilience and achieve her writing goals!

All Kathleen’s presentations are as interactive as possible and designed to involve students. Bookmarks, instructions for milk-shake breathing and glitter jars are provided for participants. Draws for a book give-away and stress balls also add to the fun.

Grade 8-12

Kathleen is happy to work with groups of any size and in any setting; e.g. classroom, gym or library.

Kathleen starts with a dramatic reading from Everyday Hero. Kathleen discusses the steps in getting a book published from the idea to promotion. She explains that sending out her manuscripts after multiple rejections was her own act of bravery. She discusses how her mathematical struggles helped her to develop resilience and achieve her writing goals!

Kathleen is happy to tailor presentations for older students to focus either on diversity, self-regulation and goal setting – somewhat similar to the presentation described above for grades 3-7…

Or for those English teachers out there…

Kathleen is happy to discuss aspects of writing. This includes setting, characterization, conflict, g and voice. In Everyday Hero, voice is vitally important and Kathleen has some fun and interactive ways to demonstrate this. It was also a challenge as an author to maintain the consistency of this voice. Terms like ‘first person’ and ‘third person’ and why an author might choose to write in one of these forms are mentioned.

Important issues of research and the different types of writing are discussed. As a perpetual student (Kathleen is part way through her doctorate), a nonfiction freelance reporter and fiction writer both for adults and kids, Kathleen has a lot to say on this subject!

Community Professional Development workshops

Kathleen Cherry speaks at Kitimat Public Library.Kathleen is more than happy to do an evening workshop at a library for any interested adults or teens. Price is negotiable depending on size.

Needs: A glass of water and a microphone if speaking to a large group in a gym or theatre. (A powerpoint projector is needed only if Blowing Bubbles is a major focus)

What Teachers and Librarians are Saying…

I have seen her present workshops and most recently, share her books to both children and adults in our community.   Kathleen and her books have been very well received by her audiences.  She is engaging and articulate.  Her books connect with the children.  She enjoys answering questions regarding her writing process and tries to inspire others to read and write.

Michele Frater

Teacher Librarian/Literacy Support Teacher

Kathleen spoke with a grade 8 class and then with a mixed group of grade 9 and 10 students.

Kathleen was a very personable and an engaging speaker.  She made connections with the students when talking about her varied career experience and linking it to their interests.

Sandra Jandric

Teacher-librarian