Eric Rohmann is the author/illustrator of the Caldecott Medal-winning My Friend Rabbit and the Caldecott Honor Book Time Flies. He also illustrated Candace Fleming’s Giant Squid which received three starred reviews, as well as Honeybee, recipient of the Robert F. Sibert Medal, which the New York Times called “positively riveting.”

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About the Visit

Eric has been speaking at schools and libraries for over twenty years, and always comes away with new insights into his own work. He brings his unique experience as both illustrator and writer and always has great fun talking, drawing, and writing together with students!

Eric speaks to audiences of all sizes, and his school programs are always tailored to the specific grade levels of the audience. Each program is distinctive, dynamic, interactive and speaks to the writing process through the use of writing, art making, and storytelling.

Visual Storytelling

All children engage in the world through the sense of sight; all children draw and understand the language of pictures before they even begin to recognize the written word. What they see, the pictures they make, leads to language which creates an interest in reading and, finally, to their own writing and storytelling. By using visual aids—showing artwork, the bookmaking process from idea to finished book, and hands-on workshop projects with the students—Eric hopes to encourage them to tell their own stories.

Grades 1-3

With the youngest students Eric shows how words and pictures tell stories. Through visual narrative—lots of pictures!— the group begins to tell a story and he leads them through the creation process (although they always do most of the imaginative work and he merely make pictures of what they are creating!)

The first half covers about how a single idea leads to a bigger story: first ideas, editing, rewriting. The second half uses a book as an example of how the process leads to the finished book.

Grades 4 & up

Older group presentations vary depending upon what the school is working on at the time. Eric has focused on different books he’s written and illustrated and discussed forming ideas, research, outlines, etc. If the groups are small enough he does a storyboarding workshop that demonstrates how narrative works. His workshop builds on what students’s knowledge about visual storytelling through comics and graphic novels.

Eric also offers illustration workshops for kids, plus speaks at educator and librarian conferences.

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