Lexington author Randi Lynn Mrvos is the editor of Kid’s Imagination Train, on online publication dedicated to promoting writers and encouraging children to read and to learn. She has a Bachelor of Health Science degree in Medical Technology and worked at the University of Kentucky Medical Center for over twenty years. When she retired, she began writing stories for children. More than 30 of her picture book manuscripts have won awards.
Randi writes articles and stories for children’s magazines and adult publications. Her work has been published in The Christian Science Monitor and Mothering as well as Highlights for Children, Appleseeds, and Fun for Kidz. Her debut book Maggie and the Summer Vacation Show-and-Tell has received awards from Writer's Digest, the Alabama Writer's Conclave, and the Tennessee Mountain Writers.
Elementary School Day Visit
Basic Presentation: A school visit warms up with a discussion of the students’ summer vacations. We talk about how books have beginnings, middles and endings and then identify the setting where this story begins. We look at the characters on the cover and decide how they are feeling. Students listen to the book being read. Afterward, we talk about feelings and solving problems as well as adopting animals and taking care of a pet. The students will get to know Charlie, the model for Maggie’s dog Trooper. The session wraps up with several hands-on activities. (30 min presentation with 10 min q & a)
Grade: PreK - second grade
Group size: Visits work best with about twenty students. Limit 5 presentations per day. Please schedule at least a five-minute break for me between sessions.
Materials Needed: No Internet or audio necessary.
Book Orders: Please order books well in advance, either through Amazon or Ingram Sparks.
Signing/chatting: I am happy to sign books. Please have the students' name printed for me.
Preparing students for an author visit: Teachers can have discussions or plan activities around these themes: pets, pet adoption, summer vacations and souvenirs. Students may go http://www.randilynnmrvos.com to learn more about Maggie. Teachers will find a discussion guide on the website. To create excitement and curiosity, the children can watch a video about the book at https://studio.stupeflix.com/v/o01UT3hFwbgW/
How to Reach Me
For local elementary classroom visits, contact Randi: Rlmrvos@gmail.com