I’m eager to be part of your school or library visit, writing workshop, conference, keynote, festival, and other book-ish events!
About My Presentations
- For pre-k – grade 2, I offer a 30-minute story time, optional book-related activity, and Q&A.
- For grades 3 – 6, my presentations center around the “secrets to storytelling” and the creative writing process. They offer opportunities for students to write and share their work.
- For middle school and high school students, I do small-group writing workshops and presentations on the journey of publishing and forging a creative career.
- For undergraduate and graduate programs, my workshops cover representation in children’s literature, the art of crafting picture book biographies, writing stories with heart, creating memorable characters, and more.
- While I do not currently offer bilingual presentations, I’m happy to create Spanish-language content to sprinkle into a school or library visit.
- Want a custom presentation or workshop? Let’s chat! Happy to tailor a talk that best fits your community and curriculum.
For scheduling, please contact Terry Shay at School Visit Dot Connector.
September 19, 7-8:30 p.m. (ET)
Latinx Kidlit Book Festival
Panel: 10 Things I Wish I Knew About Marketing My Book
Watch the Virtual Panel Here
October 3, 6 p.m., William Hall Library, Cranston, RI
ACLU of Rhode Island, We The Readers: A Live Banned Books Event
October 13, Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books and Authors
Banned Books Panel (Time TBA)
November 16-19, NCTE Annual Convention in Columbus, OH
Going to NCTE? Here’s where I’ll be:
- Friday, Nov. 17, 10-10:20 a.m. – Panel: Forging Community Across Cultures: Award-winning Authors Share Books that Create Connections
- Friday Nov. 17, 1-2 p.m. – Author Signing, Latinx Kidlit Book Festival Booth #438
- Saturday, Nov. 18, 2:45-4 p.m. – Panel: Picture Books for All Ages: Connecting Through Text and Illustration
“As a culminating event to our elementary school’s reading week, Anika Aldamuy Denise was invited as a visiting author. It was a Friday afternoon in June and many teachers were skeptical when students were asked to bring a notebook and pencil to the assembly. Anika immediately cast her spell over our students who were so enthralled by the presentation that they began writing things down with ferocious speed. You could hear a pin drop in the room. I was particularly impressed by the way Anika so naturally connected with students in all grades, but especially students in the intermediate grades. She was able to uniquely reach our school’s large MLL population. As we all know, representation matters.” —Alexandra Kanaczet, Reading Specialist, Holliman Elementary School
“Anika stole our hearts as teachers and librarians with her insightful discussions that were designed to pull the best from students. She honors heritage, language speakers, and indeed all children in her presentations and finds common points of connections with her observations and anecdotes. Her discussion of ‘voicing’ in the genre of picture book biography was the best I have ever heard. Our third graders were entranced and full of questions which she answered with great attentiveness and care.” —Frances Martindale, Librarian, Gordon School
“Anika was extremely engaging and struck a great balance of teaching through storytelling, conversation, and providing practical information about the art of the writing process for our fifth graders. She also managed to get the students excited to write and share their writing. As an educator of over 20 years, that is a tall order. I am looking forward to having her back to work with our students in the future. It was a pleasure!” —Lisa Kauffman, fifth grade teacher, Henry B. Burkland Elementary
“Anika Aldamuy Denise came to North Tama and spent time with our K-12 students for two days. It was a remarkable experience where she truly connected with our students and staff. She was so personal and fun! The students felt like they were left with a little piece of magic that gave them more excitement about reading and writing. It was an experience we will cherish and hope to have again.” —Anne Turner, Kindergarten Teacher, North Tama Elementary
“Anika served as our writer-in-residence in the Graduate Programs in Children’s Literature and Illustration at Hollins University for two weeks in 2020, delivering a lecture, visiting classes, and meeting with students about their work — all on Zoom because of the pandemic. Her lecture inspired, her teachings nurtured, and everyone loved her so much, we invited her back in 2022 for two more weeks on our beautiful Roanoke campus. Not only is she a talented writer and kind mentor, she is fun and funny. Invite her!” —Lisa Rowe Fraustino, Director, Graduate Programs in Children’s Literature, Hollins University
“Anika’s seminar on writing picture books with heart validated my commitment to writing stories for young readers. Her lyrical nonfiction picture books, the light they shed on important Latine figures, was the encouragement I needed to pour my heritage into my stories, unapologetically and without fear.” —Jasminne P., Writing for Young People Graduate Program, Lesley University