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2020 Virtual Festival to Go: Rochester, NY - January 2021
Because of the pandemic, Festival to Go wasn't able to visit individual schools in October 2020. Instead, the presenters recorded themselves, and have made these videos available to the entire Rochester City School District for the month of January 2021.
The presenters were: Adam DeRose (this picture taken at Hippcocampo Books in Rochester, before the shut-down of the schools)
One of Adam's presentations (moments before the dinosaur attacked his nose)--he read several of his picture books about his character Moose
Alyssa Capucilli (who lives too far away to participate in the normal Festival to Go, but volunteered to help out)
Alyssa showing how a book is printed and put together
Andrea Page
Andrea talking about different ways of doing research, including interviewing people--which she did for her book SIOUX CODE TALKERS OF WORLD WAR II
Annette Dunn
Annette reading her book POETIC SCIENCE OF WATER
Bruce Coville, another author who lives too far away to be a regular participant of Festival to Go, so we were delighted to welcome him virtually
Bruce reads the first book he ever published (he has over 100 now),THE FOOLISH GIANT, which was illustrated by his wife, illustrator and author Katherine Coville
Jackie Fisher
Jackie Fisher talks about how real-life events inspired her fantasy novel, COURAGE FOUND
Jackie Yeager
Jackie Yeager reads from her book, SPIN THE GOLDEN LIGHTBULB (the first of the Crimson Five series), and talks about what the future might look like and encourages listeners to dream big and follow their imaginations
Jennifer Shipkowski
Jennifer talks about the writing process, including using pictures as writing prompts
Jim Chaize in person at the 2019 Festival to Go
Jim virtually--talking about picture books and reading Ellen Stoll Walsh's MOUSE COUNT
Joanne Insull
20 Joanne gave two presentations, reading her books DUGAN, THE DOG WHO SAID "MOM" and THE SHOE ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND OTHER MISSING THINGS
Kathy Blasi
Kathy reads her book HOSEA PLAYS ON, about the inspiring Rochester street musician Hosea Taylor
Keely Hutton
Keely tells how she came to write (and some of the challenges she faced) Richard Anywar's inspiring story in SOLDIER BOY
Kevin Kurtz
Kevin did different presentations for lower and upper grades, telling how his love of science inspires his books
Linda Sue Park
Linda Sue talks about her latest book, PRAIRIE LOTUS, and how it was inspired by wanting to tell the stories ignored by history
Marsha Hayles
Marsha talks about her book BREATHING ROOM (when tuberculosis was as feared as Covid), and about getting inspiration from your own life and from the things that fascinate you
Mylisa Larsen
Mylisa talks about the difference between fiction and nonfiction, and reads her book IF I WERE A KANGAROO
Peggy Thomas
Peggy (wearing her I-outrank-George-Washington tricorn) talks about writing and revising her book FARMER GEORGE PLANTS A NATION
Peter Catalanotto
Peter recorded 3 presentations, one on his book MONKEY AND ROBOT, and two that included drawing lessons
Ronny Frishman
Ronny tells how she came to write the story of NINA ALLENDER; SUFFRAGE CARTOONIST
Rose O'Keefe
Rose sent a video of actors separately acting out her play, "A Land of Peace" (a retelling of the story of "The Pied Piper of Hamelin")
Sally Valentine did 2 presentations, and I don't have pictures of either: one is a tour of Rochester landmarks and their history, and in the other she reads selected poems about New York State from her book THERE ARE NO BUFFALO IN BUFFALO
Susannah Buhrman-Deever
Susannah did several presentations, one where she reads her latest book IF YOU TAKE AWAY THE OTTER, the others poetry writing prompts
Tiffany Polino
Tiffany gives two presentations: one reading JUMPIN' JUNIOR: A BUSH BABY'S TALE, and the other teaching a dance to accompany the story
Vivian Vande Velde (with pre-quarantine dark hair)
(the new look): presentation talking about where ideas come from, and encouraging students that we each have a story to tell
Yuko Jones
Yuko shares her illustration process and reads Sophie Blackall's brand new picture book, IF YOU COME TO EARTH
As another part of Festival to Go, books were donated by Scholastic, Toys for Tots, and The UPS Store. Some of these books were delivered to Roberto Clemente School #8...
Mary McLeod Bethune School #45...
and Flower City School #54. Update to follow when the last of the books are dropped off at 2 more schools.