Scheduling Visits and Ordering Books
To arrange a school or community visit, please contact Kate Kubert Puls for information about fees and availability.
Here's some information about what I do.
I have several different presentations, based on my different books; each is flexible in length and can be adapted to different ages and group sizes. I can also give a more general program, including conversation about all my books, adapted to the age of the audience.
For Grades K-3, I usually speak about my picture books and/or APPLESAUCE WEATHER.
My presentation for Monarch and Milkweed, includes photographs of monarchs in all stages, in Mexico and North America (this program can be geared for older audiences as well).
My program for the books I create with photographer Rick Lieder Step Gently Out, Sweep Up the Sun, and Among a Thousand Firefliest, includes a conversation about how we work together.
For older elementary students (grades 3+), I offer several programs:
I can speak about all my books for this age in a general way, or I can give specific programs focussed on any of the books.
Room 214: A Year in Poems (the hardcover edition of this book is Spinning Through the Universe), includes a discussion of formal structures in poetry.
Diamond Willow includes photographs of my life in Alaska and conversation about the process of writing the poems.
Salt focuses on the process of research and writing historical fiction/.
Hidden is for older elementary or middle school students. I discuss how I came to write the story, and talk about some of the issues the story raises.
Middle School students can appreciate programs based on any of my novels. My presentations for younger middle school students are usually based on Room 214: A Year in Poems (Spinning Through the Universe), Diamond Willow, Hidden and Salt. Older students can also appreciate Keesha's House, The Braid, and Crossing Stones.
For High School, most of my programs are based on Keesha's House, The Braid, Crossing Stones or Hidden.
A typical school visit consists of three or four presentations based on my books (40-60 minutes each). Sometimes one or more of the sessions is focussed on the students' writing. If I am teaching students to write poetry, the groups should be smaller (20-40) and the time alloted slightly longer (at least an hour).