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Jessica Young

Contact Name: Jessica Young

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Award-winning author Jessica Young grew up in Ontario, Canada. The same things make her happy now as when she was a kid: dancing, painting, music, digging in the dirt, picnics, reading, and writing. She loves making up stories, playing with words, and sharing the creative process with young readers. Her books include PLAY THIS BOOK, PET THIS BOOK, MY BLUE IS HAPPY, A WISH IS A SEED, SPY GUY THE NOT-SO-SECRET AGENT, the FAIRYLIGHT FRIENDS early reader series, the HAGGIS, AND TANK UNLEASHED early chapter book series and the FINLEY FLOWERS chapter book series.

Programs are all available virtually.


Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Story Gardening

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Your mind is like a plot of land. When you plant your idea seeds, then water, weed, and wait, you can create your own stories. No one else has a piece of earth like yours. What will you grow there? This presentation covers the writing process from start to finish, including collecting and planting ideas, cultivating a unique voice, using writing tools (literary devices) and story structure, and revising. Jessica’s published books, favorite books, and works-in-progress are used as examples. A Q&A session following the presentation provides an opportunity to further discuss material covered and address questions about the writing and publishing process.

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Program Title: Writing Tools—Fun With Language

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Students explore various “writing tools” and examine how they can liven up and lyricize picture books and chapter books. Using her own books as examples, Jessica discusses and leads activities that cover: similes and metaphors; alliteration, assonance, and consonance; rhyme and rhythm; onomatopoeia; and homophones. Students learn to identify literary devices and other wordplay to try out in their own writing. A Q&A session following the presentation provides an opportunity to further discuss material covered and address questions about the writing and publishing process.

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Program Title: Show Your Colors, Find Your Voice

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Students read Jessica’s picture book, My Blue is Happy, identifying similes and alliteration and discussing subjectivity and creativity. After some interactive, large-group activities, students practice developing their own written and visual expression, coming up with color similes and illustrations to go with them. The end product is a colorful class “quilt” of text and images that can be displayed as a reminder of the process. A Q&A session following the presentation provides an opportunity to further discuss material covered and address questions about the writing and publishing process.

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