“Barb was very engaging with the students, had props to communicate concepts across, and useful slides.” —Kristin Ekelund, VP of Academics, Blythe PTA

BARB ROSENSTOCK likes true stories about real people. She is the author of nonfiction and historical fiction children’s books that combine deep research and playful language to bring history to life. Her book, The Noisy Paint Box, illustrated by Mary Grandpré, received a Caldecott Honor. Other awards include an Orbis Pictus Honor, a Sydney Taylor Honor and the California Library Association Beatty Award as well as numerous national and state recognitions.

Barb loves to share stories and inspire students in schools and libraries across the country. She lives with her family near Chicago.


About the Visit

Barb’s presentations cover various aspects of the writing process. Each program can be tailored to fit your school environment, different grade levels, or curriculum needs. She also offers writing workshops for smaller groups.

Barb can give school programs based on any of her books. Below are a few of her the most requested ones:

The Great Lakes and YOU! – New! In her new book The Great Lakes: Our Freshwater Treasure, illustrated by Jamey Christoph, Barb found a writing topic right outside her window. She will talk to students about using their own stories, and how to personalize facts and details to make true topics interesting. Students bring reusable water bottles and learn why the Great Lakes is the most valuable resource in North America. A Great Lakes science educator may be available as an interactive co-presenter in many areas. Learn why you ARE the Great Lakes! Best for 3rd grade and up.

The Mystery of the Monarchs! Using The Mystery of the Monarchs, illustrated by Erika Meza, Barb will engage students in the process of researching a nonfiction science topic, including a seasonal monarch demonstration, and video of the author’s trip to the monarch overwintering sites in Mexico. Learn how kids and teachers in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico first tracked the monarch migration.

We’re Going on a Camping Trip… and taking President Theodore Roosevelt and environmentalist John Muir along. Using The Camping Trip that Changed America, students learn about the primary research behind the book, and the importance of saving the earth.

Noisy Writing & Using Senses to Bring Your Story Alive: The Caldecott Honor book The Noisy Paint Box is a story about a boy who can hear colors and see music, an ability called synesthesia. Students will explore if they have synesthesia and how using their senses can make their writing better with rich details.

Nonfiction Adventures Under the Sea!: Students dive deep into what it takes to research and write nonfiction using Otis & Will Discover the Deep. They’ll learn about mining memories for writing, ocean science and the courage to explore in writing and in life.

Life Stories & Writing Biography: Going beyond dates to bring historical people back to life using techniques from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Barb is also available for family literacy nights, conferences, festivals, and museum events.


“In a school containing first to fifth graders, Mrs. Rosenstock was able to engage all students in her interactive presentations, which were outstanding!”—Paige Cohen, literacy coach

“Fabulous presentation! The students were engaged and the artifacts were an added bonus to speaking and interacting with a real, in-person children’s book author.”—R. Kim, teacher

“Barb Rosenstock’s time in my classroom has infused me with ideas and plans. I thank her for sharing her expertise, patience and energy for writing.”—Linda Williams, 3rd grade teacher

“Students had a great experience! Her presentations were interesting, informative, and appropriately tailored to the different age groups. Barb was also wonderful with the students while she was signing books for over 2 hours. It was a very successful school visit. I received compliments on the visit from both students and school faculty.”—Kristin Ekelund, VP of Academics, Blythe PTA, Blythe Park Elementary School, Riverside, IL

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