Presentations & Workshops for Students




Judy offers a variety of educational programs for students K-8. Each program has a different underlying theme based on Judy’s award-winning poetry, fiction and nonfiction books, but all programs emphasize the writing process. In addition, each of Judy’s programs has different versions for different grade levels so the content matches the age of the audience, and each program uses power point visuals so everyone can easily see. When Judy visits a school, she usually comes for a full day, seeing students in grade level or combined grade level groups. Sessions are 60 minutes each for grades 2-8 and 30 minutes each for grades K-1 (includes entry and exit time). Most schools can fit five or six sessions into a day. For Middle Schools, presentation length can be modified so they can be scheduled during English, reading, writing or library class periods or block schedules. Programs can also be modified to meet the needs of libraries, young author conferences, and children’s literature festivals. Contact Judy to discuss the needs of your event!

"I highly recommend Judy to come all day to your school. She met with every grade in separate assemblies. Her program was excellent! She had the kids writing with her by the end of the lesson! Now the kids are excited about becoming authors and they love all of Judy's books! It was one of the best programs I have ever had! It is money well spent!"

           -Julie Dupree, Principal, Apollo Elementary, Bossier City, LA




What's My Job? I'm A Children's Author!
Presentations for Students K-8

"What's it like to be an author?" is a question students frequently have. From rough drafts, revisions, editing and finally publication, your students will discover that authors actually do what they are learning in class. Judy starts by reading A Pet for Miss Wright, about an author whose pet helps her through the writing process. Then, Judy shares the behind-the-scene stories of how ideas change to words, and words turn into books.

When Judy visits your school, she comes for a full day, usually seeing students by grade level, with up to six presentation sessions. Sessions are 60 minutes long for grades 2-8 and 30-minutes for K-1.

This program is excellent for schools, libraries, young author events and children's literature festivals.

It's easy to get more information or to schedule a presentation, just
Contact Judy Young.





R is For Rhyme
Presentations for Students Grades K-8

From ballads about butterflies, jingles about jellybeans or quatrains about quilts, your students will discover the magic of poetry as author Judy Young presents her book R is for Rhyme, A Poetry Alphabet which received the Mom's Choice Award Gold Recipient: Educators' Choice, a starred Kirkus Review, a National Parenting Publications Honor Award and the Missouri Writers' Guild Best Juvenile Book Award. As Judy reads her poems and shares the stories behind them, students actively enter into the poetry writing process, becoming "poetry detectives" as they search for poetic tools, terms and techniques such as rhythm and rhyme, metaphor and alliteration, and specific poetic structures. Students then get the opportunity to become poets, as Judy leads them through group poetry writing activities.

When Judy visits your school, she comes for a full day, usually seeing students by grade level, with up to six presentation sessions. Sessions are 60 minutes long for grades 2-8 and 30-minutes for K-1.

This program is excellent for schools, libraries, young author events and children's literature festivals.

It's easy to get more information or to schedule a presentation, just
Contact Judy Young.





Show Me Missouri
Presentations for Students K-6

Your students will go on an adventure through Missouri with author Judy Young as she presents her popular book S is for Show Me, A Missouri Alphabet, it's companion book, Show Me the Numbers, A Missouri Number Book and Judy's newest book about the Show Me State, The Missouri Reader. As Judy shares the writing process of her Show Me books, students will hear about Missouri's history, geography, people, events, wildlife and resources as well as see some of the initial sketches for the illustrations painted by her husband, Ross. From trivia contests and riddles to read-along stories and poems, this program is packed with audience participation.


When Judy visits your school, she comes for a full day, usually seeing students by grade level, with up to six presentation sessions. Sessions are 60 minutes long for grades 2-6 and 30-minutes for K-1.

This program is excellent for schools, libraries, young author events and children's literature festivals.

It's easy to get more information or to schedule a presentation, just
Contact Judy Young.





Westward Bound!
Presentations for Students K-8

Your students will go West as they travel with Judy down the Oregon Trail. Using A Book for Black-Eyed Susan and Minnow and Rose, Judy will discuss the research and writing process of historical fiction as your students follow in the footsteps of the pioneers, seeing the landmark sights and wildlife the pioneers saw and hearing about their daily lives on the trail.

When Judy visits your school, she comes for a full day, usually seeing students by grade level, with up to six presentation sessions. Sessions are 60 minutes long for grades 2-8 and 30-minutes for K-1.

This program is excellent for schools, summer school, camps, and libraries.

It's easy to get more information or to schedule a playday, just
Contact Judy Young.





The Hidden Bestiary
Presentation for Students Grades K-6

"Basil B. Barnswhitten," (a.k.a author Judy Young) will visit your school, showing students around the world as they discover marvelous, mysterious and maybe even magical creatures hidden in the illustrations and determine whether the creatures are endangered, extinct or never existed! Students will also discover the unique "reversed" writing process of this book, in which Judy wrote to illustrations that were created first! Then, in a group writing activity, students will try their hand at writing to illustrations!

When Judy visits your school, she comes for a full day, usually seeing students by grade level, with up to six presentation sessions. Sessions are 60 minutes each for grades 2-6 and 30 minutes for K-1.

This program is excellent for schools, libraries, young author events and children's literature festivals.

It's easy to get more information or to schedule a presentation, just
Contact Judy Young.





Fiction is Fun From Beginning to End
Presentations for Students Grades 2-8

Where do you get ideas and how do you make them grow into stories? Your students will have fun finding the answers to these questions as Judy uses her award-winning fiction books to give an in-depth look at the process of writing fiction from beginning to end.

When Judy visits your school, she comes for a full day, usually seeing students in grade level sessions. This program is for grades 2-8 only. You may choose a different program for younger grades.

This program is excellent for schools, libraries, young author events and children's literature festivals.

It's easy to get more information or to schedule a presentation, just
Contact Judy Young.





Meet Digger and Daisy
Presentations for Students K-1

As your K-1 students “help” Judy read one of her Digger and Daisy stories, they will learn about the writing process as well "help" write their own Digger and Daisy story in a group writing activity.

When Judy visits your school, she comes for a full day, usually seeing students in grade level sessions. This program is for grades K-1 only. You may choose a different program for older grades.

This program is excellent for schools, libraries, young author events and children's literature festivals.

It's easy to get more information or to schedule a presentation, just
Contact Judy Young.





Poetry Writing Residency
Classroom Writing Workshops
For Students Grades 2-8

As your school's writer-in-residence, Judy Young comes into the classrooms to work directly with the students on writing their own poetry. Students explore a variety of poetic tools, techniques and terminology used in poetry such as metaphor, simile, and alliteration as they learn to write a variety of poetic structures. A different poetry writing assignment is given in each classroom. Teachers can then share their classroom's lessons with their peers, turning the writing workshop into an observational writing workshop inservice for educators as well.

In general, the writing workshop begins with a "large group" introductory session, and then Judy comes into each participating classroom to work directly with students. Because there is an infinite number of ways a writing workshop can be planned, Judy is very flexible, and will work with your school to meet its specific needs. The following will give you some basic information, but please contact Judy for more specific details about tailoring the perfect writing workshop residency for your school or event.

  • Writing Workshop Residencies can be booked for 1-5 consecutive days.
  • Required Introductory Sessions are 60 minutes long.
  • Classroom writing sessions are 60-90 minutes long (preferably 90 minutes).
  • Up to five sessions, including an introductory session, can be scheduled in a day.
  • You may target only one grade level, several grade levels, or all grades.
  • Some schools have Judy working with each classroom only once, others schedule multiple writing sessions per class over several days for an intensive workshop.
  • If time allows, Judy will be glad to give grade level "presentation" sessions to grades not participating in the classroom writing workshops.
  • For Middle Schools: An introductory session is not required, but preferred. Typically, Judy goes into regularly scheduled middle school English classes. Session length can be based on the school's regular class length, or middle schools can schedule sessions to accommodate full 90-minute sessions.

This program can be modified for young author conferences, libraries, writing clubs, and educational summer programs.

It's easy to get more information or to schedule a workshop, just
Contact Judy Young.





Parent Nights and Special Events: Meet Author Judy Young
Presentation For Mixed Audiences of Students and Adults

Often schools want a special speaker at their parent nights, reading fairs, literature festivals or other special events. In an informal presentation style designed for a mixed audience of both children and adults, the audience will be taken "behind the scenes" to discover the working life of an author. As Judy reads from her books, she shares the publication process, starting with where ideas come from to rough drafts, final manuscripts and galley proofs. She also discusses the illustration process from the author's perspective. To help increase participation at your school's parent night, ask Judy about a student poetry writing contest to be held in conjunction with this event.

This program is excellent for school parent nights, libraries, young author events and children's literature festivals.

It's easy to get more information or to schedule a presentation, just
Contact Judy Young.





Judy Young

6155 E. Farm Road 132
Springfield, MO 65802

Tel. 417-866-1800
Fax 417-866-8184
judyyoungbooks@gmail.com