Maryann Cocca-Leffler Author Visit Kit
Maryann Cocca-Leffler of Amherst, NH, is the author and illustrator of more than 50 books for children published by numerous publishers over a span of more than 25 years. Maryann's recent books include Janine, A Homemade Together Christmas and Theo's Mood. Her award-winning books include Mr. Tanen's Ties and Bus Route to Boston. Let It Fall and Let It Snow are among her Scholastic titles and Maryann's books Jack's Talent and Mr. Tanen's Tie Trouble are part of the HMH Journeys Common Core Reading Program.
Now a playwright, Maryann recently wrote a play based on her Princess KIM books. Princess K.I.M. The Musical won first place in the National New Play Festival and is now available for license throughout the country. Maryann has a BFA in illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art, and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and Dramatists Guild of NYC.
Maryann's school visit presentation is based on the theme of her most recent books and is geared towards grades K–4. Her PowerPoint slideshow educates while being humorous and engaging, inspiring the children to create their own art and stories, and encompasses many literacy/writing concepts including writing narratives, development and organization of a story and publishing their own writing. Through her presentation, Maryann shows how a book is developed from concept to finished book. Many of her books are based on her own childhood or that of her children, further encouraging students to write from their own experiences.
Maryann does a maximum of three sessions a day which run about 50-55 minutes each. During free time, before or after sessions, she would be happy to sign books.
School Year 2015-16 Visits
Featured book: Janine
Maryann’s presentation will be based on her new book, Janine. The character and story were based on Maryann’s daughter Janine Leffler, who bravely gave her mother permission to tell her story about her life as a child with disabilities. (For local visits, the inspiration, Janine Leffler, who has become a role model for child and adults, may attend.) Maryann and Janine have developed a corresponding website with a mission to help change public perception of children with disabilities and increase awareness and acceptance. Maryann will talk about the power of being different, and encourage kids to STAND UP, Inspire, Include & Invite. In Maryann’s PowerPoint presentation she touches on many of her books and highlights their development as described above.
Conferences and Festivals
Maryann is often invited to speak at professional conferences for educators or booksellers. Her presentation topics are designed to fit her audience. In addition, she also offers workshops to aspiring authors and illustrators including. Programs include The Path to Children’s Book Publishing and Portfolio Reviews. With more than 30 years in publishing and more than 50 books published, her presentations are informative and entertaining.
Bring Maryann into your classroom to discuss her recent books. Perhaps your students are wondering about how she gets her ideas or how she makes her art. Mr. Tanen's Tie Trouble (grade 2) and Jack's Talent (grade 1) are in the Journeys HMH curriculum. Let the students ask questions and meet the author/illustrator behind the books.
Fee: $50 for 20 minutes. A Skype test must be set up prior to visit.
AV/Tech Needs for In-Person Visits
- A space that will get dark
- PowerPoint computer & projector set up
- Screen or white wall for projection
- Easel with blank paper
- CD player
In-state (less than a one-hour commute: $1,050/day
New England region (greater than a one-hour commute: $1,200/day
Outside of New England: $1,500/day plus travel expenses