Presentations & Workshops for Teachers



Judy is a frequent featured speaker at educational conferences such as State Reading Associations and School Librarians Associations, as well as individual school districts' professional development days. She has spoken at conferences in AL, AR, CO, FL, KS, IL, LA, MN, MO, NH, NM, NY, PA, SD, TN, VA, and WI. Judy offers several programs for educators ranging from fifty-minute presentations to full-day workshops. She would love to be a featured speaker at your organization's educational conferences, conduct a writing workshop for your district's professional development program, or speak to the teachers at your elementary or middle school. Often, schools schedule an after-school mini-workshop for teachers in conjunction with a full day of student programs. Contact Judy with your event's needs. She'll tailor the perfect program for your conference, organization or school.

"Judy is a wonderful author of children's books. She has presented at the Keystone State Reading Conference numerous times and on every occasion she is gracious and appreciated by the participants. We love having her show her new books every year."

           -Janet Friel, Keystone State Reading Association, Curwensville, PA
"I was lucky enough to be in your workshop and came back to school energized and excited about my poetry unit."

           -Debbie McClallen, Whitesboro Middle School, Whitesboro, NY

It's easy to get more information or schedule a program for your event!
Contact Judy Young.


Workshops for Educators

Poetry: Write in the Middle of Class
A Writing Workshop
For Teachers K-8

Author and poet Judy Young wants teachers to feel comfortable about using poetry in the classroom and confident in helping students write poetry! Participants will learn how fun and easy it is to get their students' creative juices flowing as they actively take the role of their students in a variety of poetry writing activities that can be immediately used in the classroom. Teachers also learn how to incorporate poetry into all subject areas on a regular basis and how poetry can support the curriculum cross-categorically.

Full Workshop: 3-6 hours long, depending on the needs of your school or event.
Mini Workshops: 60-90 minute mini-workshops are also available.

Workshops can be tailored for grades K-8, K-4 or 5-8 teachers. Also, focus can be specified to target non-rhyming structures (i.e. acrostics, cinquains, doublets, haiku, etc.), free verse, rhyming verse, or a combination of all these poetry styles.

This program is excellent for schools' professional development programs, educational conferences or pre-conference workshops and college level teacher education programs. Often, schools schedule a mini-workshop for teachers in conjunction with a full day of student presentations. Schools within 50 miles of Springfield, MO, may choose to schedule a mini-workshops series, with one mini-workshop a week for three consecutive weeks.

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


Breakout Session Programs


Judy Young offers the following 50-60-minute breakout session programs for your organization's conference, professional development programs schools and college level teacher education programs. Often, schools schedule an after-school program for teachers in conjunction with a full day of student programs.

Meet Judy Young: Counting Her Lucky Stars (Audience: All, K12)
Author of over a dozen children's books, Judy Young is living proof that dreams do come true! Join Judy as she relates her unique story of how her career changed from a speech/language pathologist in the schools to an award-winning author. Judy shares the behind-the-scenes view of the working life of an author as well as teaching tips on how her books can be used in the classroom.

From Facts to Fiction (Teachers Grades 3-8)
When your students write fiction, their stories are picture book size. Judy Young uses her award-winning historical fiction picture books to show how your students can use research to generate ideas for stories and use facts to make fiction seem true. She’ll also give ideas of writing assignments to help students write in the voice of a story's main character.

It's Time to Rhyme (Teachers Grades K-5)
Judy Young, author of R is for Rhyme, A Poetry Alphabet, shares how to get your students to write poems that not only rhyme, but make sense!

So You Wanna Be an Author (Audience: All K12)
Do you dream of writing for children? Judy Young, award-winning author of over a dozen children's books, will share some myths, truths and what you need to know about writing and submitting for publication.

Behind The Hidden Bestiary (Audience: All K12)
Author Judy Young will take you behind-the-scene through the unique production process of The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious, and (maybe even) Magical Creatures which was written in a "reverse" sequence, with Judy writing to illustrations which were created first. Includes a mini-lesson on writing a poem to match a picture.

It's easy to get more information or schedule a program for educators!
Contact Judy Young.


Keynote, Luncheon and Dinner Programs


Judy Young would love to give a keynote, luncheon or dinner program at your educational conference. Contact Judy to discuss the needs of your event.

Meet Judy Young: Counting Her Lucky Stars (Audience: All, K12)
Award-winning author of over a dozen children's books, Judy Young is living proof that dreams do come true! In this keynote, luncheon or dinner program with power point visuals, Judy relates her unique and humorous story of how her career changed from a speech pathologist in the schools to an author! Married to the illustrator of some of her books, Judy gives you a behind-the-scenes view of the working life of an author and illustrator under one roof as well as the publication process from initial concept to rough draft, galley proofs and the illustration process in the eyes of an author.

Hey Mister! Hey, Ma'am!
Come on Down, It's A Poetry Slam!
(Audience: All, K12)
Spice up your conference with a poetry slam hosted by Judy Young, author of the award-winning book, R is for Rhyme, A Poetry Alphabet! Perfect for a luncheon, dinner or special evening event, the Poetry Slam starts with Judy's performance of her Poetry from A to Z Rap and as well as some other fun poems and an audience participation game. Then, Judy invites others to join the fun in reciting or reading their own work or work of others in a relaxed and lively "contest."

It's easy to get more information or schedule a program for your event.
Contact Judy Young.

Judy Young

6155 E. Farm Road 132
Springfield, MO 65802

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