I love visiting schools and libraries, reading my stories, and sharing my passion for nature and the environment!
Many of the students I visit are working on their own stories. We talk about ways they can make these stories even stronger by using tools from their writer's toolbox, including the use of active, vivid verbs, strong beginnings and endings, and showing (not telling) how a character may be feeling.
I offer fun, engaging Power Point presentations that can be shortened or lengthened, depending on the grade level of students. We talk about writing...story ideas, revising, and the path a story takes to publication. Having raised monarchs for years, I also offer a presentation on the monarch life cycle, including the inspiration for my first book, MR. MCGINTY'S MONARCHS. Younger students enjoy seeing slides of my curious horse, Jack, the subject of my second picture book, A HORSE NAMED JACK. And I always allow time to share a story with the children. Here are a few words from teachers about past visits:
My kids loved hearing Linda talk. They learned a lot about butterflies and hearing about some of her tips as an author.
~ Mrs.Julie Hoppe-2nd grade
Linda shared her passion for butterflies and their life changes in a developmentally appropriate way (2nd grade) with our students. Her visuals and stories were engaging and fun. The students really enjoyed her book as well. Thanks for sharing your love for science and learning with us here at Shiocton Elementary School.
~ Miss Schmidt-2nd grade
Linda showed our students how to put into practice all of the strategies that we have been working on. She did it by engaging them in her story and empowering them.
~ Mrs.Jill Krohlow-4th grade
Shiocton Elementary’s Kindergarten through Fourth Grade classrooms were treated to the most delightful presentation of Mr. McGinty’s Monarchs, a beautifully written and illustrated story written by Mrs. Linda Vander Heyden. Linda shared her passion and mission for monarchs beginning with a very inspirational, interesting and informative power point on her own story and the life cycle of monarchs. In the fourth grade classroom, she shared some tools from her author’s toolbox which enhanced their writer’s workshop lessons and experiences. Students at all levels were engaged and eager to ask questions, share connections and thoroughly enjoyed her book! We’re looking forward to Linda’s return visit in the spring with her newly published book, A Horse Named Jack!
~ Ms. Wendy Pfundtner K-6 GT Coordinator/Teacher
*** If you are interested in scheduling a visit, please contact Linda via this website or email firstname.lastname@example.org