Ellen would love to visit your classroom or library, either virtually or in person. Her interactive presentations feature a reading of her picture book A Book for Bear, Q&A, and other activities.
Ellen’s visits focus on sparking children’s creativity and encouraging them to love reading, writing, and drawing. The presentations inspire students to be like Bear—and create a book of their very own!
Activity handouts, including drawing opportunities, word searches, word scrambles, and crossword puzzles for different age groups, can be part of the presentations or used as follow-up activities.
Presentations for K to 4th Grade
How Does Bear Find a Book of His Very Own? (30 to 45 Minutes)
Ellen leads an interactive discussion of Bear’s disguises with opportunities for students to suggest other disguises Bear might try in his efforts to find a book. Includes a “Draw a Disguise for Bear” activity.
If You Were an Anteater, a Butterfly, a Crocodile . . . , What Kind of Book Would You Want? (30 Minutes)
Ellen uses the ways Bear searches for a book of his very own as a springboard for an interactive discussion of the types of books other animals might want and the ways these animals might find “a book of their very own.”
What Part Do You Want to Play? (30 to 45 Minutes)
An interactive reading of A Book for Bear with opportunities for students to play the parts of the major characters—Bear, Ellen, Teacher, Librarian, and Bookstore Clerk.
How Many People Does It Take to Make a Book? (30 to 45 Minutes)
Using examples from A Book for Bear, Ellen leads a discussion of the roles of writer, illustrator, editor, publisher, printer, and bookseller. . . and the reader! Students participate by playing the roles of people involved in the bookmaking process.
Presentation for Pre-K Students
Storytime (20 Minutes)
Ellen reads A Book for Bear, answers questions, and provides an optional drawing activity.