Jean Alicia Elster, Author
PO Box 32757
Detroit, MI 48232-0757
Who's Jim Hines? (Wayne State University Press, 2008), a middle grade novel
I'll Do the Right Thing (Judson Press, 2003), a picture story book, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
I'll Fly My Own Plane (Judson Press, 2002), a picture story book, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
I Have a Dream, Too! (Judson Press, 2002), a picture story book, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
Just Call Me Joe Joe (Judson Press, 2001), a picture story book, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
Jean's work can be seen at www.jeanaliciaelster.com.
2009 Michigan Notable Book, Library of Michigan, for Who's Jim Hines?
2004 Atlanta Daily World Atlanta Choice Award, in the category of children's books, for I'll Do the Right Thing
- 2002 Governors' Emerging Artist Award, ArtServe Michigan
Programs for Children (K-12)
Readings at schools (assembly or individual classroom) and libraries, bookstore visits, presentations to book clubs
Programs for Adults
Readings, conference and book fair presentations, workshops
Jean's presentations for children and adults are tailored to meet the needs of the specific classroom, library, or institution. However, most presentations begin with a description of the creative process involved in producing her book series in general and the featured book in particular. Because all of Jean's books for children contain a strong historical component, she devotes time to a discussion of that facet as it relates to the series as well as to the featured book. After the presentation, Jean entertains a wide range of questions from the audience.
Jean's adult workshop topics include "Addressing Racial Stereotypes and Negative Peer Pressure through Children's Literature," "Writing a Children's Book Series," and "Beginning a Career as a Professional Writer."
Group Size: Any size
Speaker Availability: Full Year
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