BREAKING NEWS! Funky Fungi won the 2023 AAAS/Subaru Book Prize for Excellence in Science Books in the Hands-On category!
During the first week of March, I flew to Washington, DC to accept this book prize and to attend the 2023 AAAS annual meeting. Read more about the book prize and the winning books in all four categories: https://www.sbfprize.org/blog/2023-prize-winners
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Fungi are more than pizza toppings! Did you know mushroom mycelium is used to grow bricks, packing materials, and myco-leather for shoes, bags, and clothing? Discover the many ways fungi are being used, from STEM fields to fashion!
This engaging book includes 30 activities for exploring fungi, which is like having a built-in teacher’s guide. Please reach out if you’re interested in bringing me to your school, either in-person or virtually, and I’ll do my best to fit it into my schedule. Scroll down for more information about my school visits and send me an email!
School Visits – Now booking for the 2023-24 school year!
Using games, props, songs, and quality, engaging content, I will inspire students and teachers while promoting literacy. K-2 sessions often focus on my book Elliot Mack, Quarterback and grades 3-8 are centered on Funky Fungi. Each session will be tailored to the school and age level of the students and will include:
- Steps in my writing journey, including examples of my childhood writing, first publications, and the path to publishing
- Tips for revising and rewriting with various drafts taken from my books
- Reading from my books interspersed with audience participation
- Question and answer session
Additional topics to be included depending on the age group:
- Authors and the creative process
- Biographies and how to research them
- Show vs. Tell, an interactive revision session
- Making Literary Devices work for you (By starting with examples, then providing sentence stems, students will brainstorm their own sentences and have a chance to share their ideas.)
- Writing Workshops with smaller groups
Custom sessions and small group writing workshops are also available. A round-table lunch with select students or teachers is also welcome.
Items needed to make the day run smoothly:
- A large screen for my presentation
- A projector
- Microphone (clip-on wireless is preferred)
- Lunch (for all-day presentations)
- Teachers and aides must stay for the presentation (I hope they want to!)
Testimonial: “Just so you know, every day at least one student, usually more, has come into the library looking for your book. It has been checked out. There are 4 holds on the book already. Thank you, Alisha, for your presentation. I think the students really enjoyed it! I know I did!” ~Clarissa Grindle, Librarian, Great Oaks Elementary School, Round Rock, Texas
Testimonial: “Mrs. Gabriel’s presentation was engaging. The students were mesmerized by Mrs. Gabriel sharing her journals about her writing as a young child. She captured the student’s imagination.” ~Susan Rantz, TAG Teacher, Great Oaks Elementary School, Round Rock, Texas
Testimonial: “You did a fabulous job tailoring your presentation to the specific needs requested by our writing committee lead. The students have made several comments about learning the process of writing to publish. Many didn’t realize authors have other jobs as well. This helped them realize they can become authors as well. The students also enjoyed getting to ask questions one on one – it made the experience personal and meaningful.” ~Amanda Rushing, Librarian, Cedar Creek Elementary, Bastrop ISD
Please contact me for more information or to set up a school visit.
email: agabrielmusic (at) gmail (dot) com
*Preferred Fees for School Visits
$800 for a full day, plus reasonable *travel expenses. Most schools schedule three 45-50 minute sessions on the same day, as well as an optional lunch with students or teachers. If you’d prefer to have more or less sessions, I can make that work, too!
*Outside of Central Texas, a minimum of two consecutive days in the area is required. Consider talking with other schools and librarians to see if they’d be willing to split the travel costs. When more than two days are booked in an area, full day presentations will be discounted to $750 per day.
*Virtual Visits: $250 for each 1-hour session for your school only. No recording.
*Book sales – This is optional. I can provide an order form that allows families to order and pay for books online so that the school or library does not need to handle any sales, or you may order directly from the publishers or in conjunction with a local bookstore. Schools may schedule one additional time on the same day of the presentations to have books autographed.
Science Nights and Literacy Nights
Invite me to be a guest speaker at your school’s science or STEM/STEAM night!
More about my other books:
Do your students struggle with new procedures? Using spare text and delightful illustrations by John Joseph, The Line Rhyme includes an easy rhyme for classes to say together to remember hallway procedures, and provides a great jumping-off point for learning other routines.
Elliot Mack, Quarterback is ideal for K-2 readers who are gaining independence and ready to read short chapters. Elliot is the only girl on her school’s football team and deals with overprotective parents, a third grade bully, and an uncertain coach.
Escaping an Animal Attack was fun to research and write. All four chapters include brief accounts of people who survived wild animal attacks. Young readers will love reading the stories of survival. It is written at a fourth grade reading level and will appeal most strongly to grades 3-6.
I’m proud of The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Triggers Reform, but admit it was challenging to write from both a research and emotional angle. It’s written at a fourth grade reading level, with appeal for grades 3-6. Researching and writing it was like riding an emotional roller coaster, but I chose this topic because I remember learning about the fire when I was in elementary school in New York. I hope this story sparks important conversations and honors the victims. As Frances Perkins said, “They did not die in vain, and we will never forget them.”
Almost everyone has heard the popular song, “Watch me whip, now watch me nae nae,” or heard a cultural reference to the song at least once. My nonfiction chapter book, Silentó: Breakout Rapper, tells the extraordinary story of 17-year-old Ricky Hawk, known as the rapper Silentó, and how he created a hit song. This biography is written at a third grade reading level, but has been well received by teachers and students in grades K-5. Read this book on Epic!