Conventions and Conferences

Susan has spoken at numerous local, state, national, and international conferences.  She has given keynote addresses, luncheon speeches, and workshop/breakout sessions.

SAMPLE KEYNOTE/LUNCHEON SPEECH 

Title: Which Came First, the Pictures or the Words?  
Susan Stevens Crummel tells  ALL about how she and her sister Janet Stevens create award winning picture books such as Help Me, Mr. Mutt!, The Great Fuzz Frenzy, Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!, And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, Jackalope and more.   

This "general talk" focuses on:

  • growing up (include Squirrel Sisters entire animated part) 
  • Janet becoming an illustrator, Susan becoming a teacher then author 
  • how they work together, how they get ideas and other "behind the scenes" tidbits about each book

SAMPLE WORKSHOP/BREAKOUT SESSION

Title:  Laugh and Learn Using Picture Books in the Classroom!  
Dynamic speaker Susan Stevens Crummel shows how to use picture books in the classroom with lots of teacher tips, activities, and projects.  She will share ideas on how to use her picture books to teach:

  • voice 
  • point of view
  • characterization 
  • plot 
  • setting 
  • language usage—onomatopoeia, alliteration, idioms, etc.
  • opposites
  • counting
  • recognizing patterns
  • interpret, explore, and construct simple graphs
  • compare and contrast 
  • making connections 
  • looking for detail 
  • measurement: time, temperature, volume, length
  • map-reading
  • sequential thinking
  • identifying the main idea
  • using simple directions
  • animal habitats, behavior, predators, etc.
  • and many more!

Susan will also give the inside scoop on how she and her sister, illustrator Janet Stevens, work together to create award-winning picture books!

SESSION TIMES

Susan can do 2 different 60 -90-minute sessions—a PART 1 and PART 2 of the above, covering new material in each.  

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • LOW AV cart (cart only) w/ 3 plug-ins + ext. cord
  • large screen (to show my power point)
  • 2 display tables (3’ x 6’ at least)
  • LOUD lapel cordless microphone
  • water to drink
  • a copy of each book to display  

FEES

I have decided NOT to raise my honorarium for the upcoming school year.  It will remain for June 2014 through May 2015. Costs for conferences and conventions are $1200 plus expenses (transportation, lodging, meals) for up to 2 sessions.