I had the privilege of attending two of Tara Lazar's Skype visits and picked up some great tips on how to keep students interested.
You're probably wondering why I have a red apple here. Well, it's because I couldn't get ahold of ANY photos from either visit. But for both visits Tara did something fun with a red apple. I won't spoil it, but let's just say it's "magical".
Tara read Little Red Gliding Hood in both visits. She always reads her copy and lets the teacher show the pictures of a physical copy in the classroom. It works well (and encourages classes to buy a copy in advance). For turning the pages, Tara gives a melodic "Beep!"
I'd say both visits were a smashing success, and I hope the school considers investing in another author visit next year... just in time for Normal Norman to get onto our bookshelves!
More about Tara's Books
"The Monstore is the place to go for all of your monsterly needs. Which is perfect, since Zack definitely has a monsterly need. The problem? His pesky little sister, Gracie, who never pays attention to that “Keep Out” sign on Zack’s door—the one he has made especially for her."
"After an unfortunate bookcase collapse, Alien suddenly finds himself jolted out of his story and into a very strange world, complete with talking bears. Desperate to return to his book, Alien asks the Bear family for help so he can get back to his story and save his beloved Planet Zero from total destruction before it’s too late."
"A figure-skating enthusiast, Little Red has worn out her skates and must win a pairs competition to earn new ones. But who will be her partner? The Dish is already skating with the Spoon, and Hansel has Gretel. You won’t believe what big eyes, sharp teeth, and furry paws her partner has . . . all the better to spin her with!"
"What is “normal?”
That’s the question an eager young scientist, narrating her very first book, hopes to answer. Unfortunately, her exceedingly “normal” subject—an orangutan named Norman—turns out to be exceptionally strange. He speaks English, sleeps in a bed, loves his stuffed toy, goes bananas over pizza, and even deep-sea dives! Oh, no: what’s a “normal” scientist to do? A humorous look at the wackiness that makes us all special—and a gentle reminder that “normal” can’t ever be defined!"
(All these descriptions are copied right off Tara's website. Click on the book's image to find out even more!)
More About Tara
Street magic performer. Hog-calling champion. Award-winning ice sculptor. These are all things Tara Lazar has never been. Instead, she writes quirky, humorous picture books featuring magical places that everyone will want to visit.
Tara was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2010 and has permanently lost feeling in her feet and legs. She has an inspirational story to share about overcoming a chronic illness to achieve your goals and dreams. Tara can speak to groups big and small, young and old—just contact her for more information.
Learn more unusual and not-so-unusual facts about Tara on her website: https://taralazar.com/about/
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)