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Ana Galan Author Visit Kit

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Ana Galán is the author of many children and young adult books in both English and Spanish, including her bestselling series Mondragó, which has been translated into 11 languages, and award winning picture books like Qué cosas dice mi abuela.

Before her transition into a full-time author, Ana was the director of the Spanish book division at Scholastic Inc. She has also served as the editor and translator on a number of projects for Sesame Place, Benchmark Education, McGraw Hill, Pearson, and Highlights Magazines, to name a few.

Ana was born in Oviedo, Spain. At the age of three, her family moved to Madrid, where she grew up with two older brothers and younger sister. She was a girl who loved sports, ballet, and most of all, animals, especially horses and dogs. Her dream was to become a veterinarian. When she went to college, she pursued her dream and in 1987, she received her Doctor in Veterinary Medicine at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. After working at a veterinary hospital in Madrid for two years, she came to the US for a post graduate course at the Animal Medical Center, an incredible eight-story animal hospital in the heart of New York City.

In New York, she worked as a surgeon on a research team. After the birth of her first son, she decided to stay home with him and enjoy being a mother. That’s when she started working on translations and her passion for children’s books was born.

In 1999, she went to work for Scholastic Inc., one of the best children’s book publishing companies in the world. She was the editorial director of Spanish book publishing, editing more than 400 books in Spanish, as well as bilingual books. During those years, she also wrote her first children’s books that were published by Kumquat Ediciones, a publishing company in Argentina.

In 2008, with the support of her husband and three children, Ana decided to become a full time author, editor and translator. Since then, she has written more than 50 books.

Besides her work as an author, Ana volunteers her time training guide dogs for the blind. She also works with children all over the world — Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Peru, Mozambique — and manages her own non for profit organization, The NOLA Tree, an organization that takes volunteers, mainly young adults, on community service trips.

Ana has three children and lives in New York City with her husband. For more information, visit www.anagalan.com.

Description of the Author’s Presentation

How is a Book Created?

Presentations will be adjusted according to grade level.

From picking a theme, to writing the story and choosing the right illustrations, creating a book is an intriguing process involving many people. Ana shares her experience as an editor and writer to encourage students to write the stories they want to read. This interactive presentation, adjusted to the Common Core standards, helps children understand that the stories within are worth writing down and provides an experiential demonstration of the importance of language arts. The children will learn how to think like a writer, where to look for inspiration for writing their stories, and how to create characters and a story line that will keep their audience reading. Students will also learn how to analyze different types of books, as well as identify the elements of literature. This is an excellent way to spark their interest in writing, literature, and reading.

The presentation can be in English, Spanish, or bilingual.

Conference and Festival Appearances

Writing a Book in English or Spanish

This interactive workshop, based on Ana’s extensive experience as an author and editor, explores the process through which a book is written and published. Participants will learn how to think like an author, how to develop characters, and how to create a story that captures the reader’s attention. They will analyze different types of books to be able to understand the style that best fits their stories. Participants will also identify the different elements of a book and learn how to use these skills in the classroom using the Common Core Standards and how to spark their students’ interest in reading and writing.

This workshop can be in English, Spanish, or bilingual.

Spanish Literature: Helping Ensure Children’s Success in Any Language

The rich heritage of Spanish literature is explored as educators learn how to use Spanish books to increase vocabulary, facility with language, and support language arts. Learning more than one language assists in the development of vocabulary across the curriculum. Spanish children’s books are an excellent source of learning for children of all ages—and adults who wish to learn a second language.

This workshop can be in English, Spanish, or bilingual.

Honorarium

Ana’s honorarium is flexible, but she generally requests $800-$1,600 plus any and all travel expenses.

Ordering Books

Schools and libraries may order books at a discounted rate by visiting The Scholastic Teacher Store or by calling 1-800-SCHOLASTIC.

Lois Lowry

by Chris Bowman

Grades

1–2, 3–5

Guided Reading Level

M

Books | Individual Titles | Library Binding
Starting at: $23.00

Biscuit in the Garden

by Alyssa Satin Capucilli , Pat Schories

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Guided Reading Level

F

Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
Starting at: $4.00

Read and Rise

by Myles C. Pinkney , Sandra L. Pinkney

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Grade Level Equivalents

3.0

Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
Starting at: $4.95

Little Red Writing

by Joan Holub , Melissa Sweet

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Guided Reading Level

O

Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
Starting at: $5.00

Book! Book! Book!

by Deborah Bruss , Tiphanie Beeke

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Guided Reading Level

J

Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
Starting at: $5.95

My Weird Writing Tips

by Mr. Jim Paillot , Dan Gutman

Grades

1–2, 3–5

Guided Reading Level

P

Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
Starting at: $5.95
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Susan Cheyney

GRADES: 1-2