Places I’ve been:
Spring Story Festival with Jane Kurtz
Hilton, NY

Country Parkway Elementary
Williamsville, NY

Children's Concert Series
Kenmore, NY

B is for Books Bookstore Orchard Park, NY

Calvin Coolidge Elementary
Binghamton, NY

Harold O. Brumsted Elementary
Holland, NY

Aurora Waldorf School
West Falls, NY

Holmes Elementary
Tonawanda, NY

QUEST Elementary
Hilton, NY

Allegany Nature Pilgrimage
Salamanca, NY

Terry Taylor Elementary 
Spencerport, NY

St. John the Baptist School
Kenmore, NY

Fairport Central Schools
Fairport, NY

Academe of Aurora 
East Aurora, NY

Chenango Forks Elementary
Chenango Forks, NY

Eggert Elementary
Orchard Park, NY

Klem North Elementary
Webster, NY

St. John School
Houston, TX

Monkey See, Monkey Do Bookstore
Clarence, NY

Northwood Elementary
Hilton, NY

Georgia Elementary and
Middle School
Georgia, VT

Franklin Elementary
Tonawanda, NY

Newfane Elementary
Newfane, NY

WNY Young Writer’s Studio
Kenmore, NY

Breton Elementary
East Grand Rapids, MI 

Lakeside Elementary
East Grand Rapids, MI 

Wealthy Elementary
East Grand Rapids, MI

Douglas J. Reagan Intermediate
Lockport, NY

Plank South Elementary
Webster, NY

Edison Elementary
Tonawanda, NY

Lindbergh Elementary School
Kenmore, NY

Georgia Elementary and Middle School
Georgia, VT

Enterprise Charter School
Buffalo, NY

Indian Landing Elementary
Penfield, NY

HB Milnes School
Fairlawn, NJ

Vernfield Elementary
Telford, PA

WNY BOOK EXPO
Buffalo, NY

The Bookworm
East Aurora, NY

Maple West Elementary
Williamsville, NY 

Pinehurst Elementary
Lake View, NY

Jefferson Ave Elementary
Fairport, NY 

Brooks Hill Elementary
Fairport, NY

Dudley Elementary
Fairport, NY

Plank North Elementary
Webster, NY

Maple East Elementary
Williamsville, NY

Gates Chili Middle School
Rochester, NY

Dewitt Elementary School
Webster, NY

Drake Elementary
Tonawanda, NY

Cattaraugus Little Valley Elementary
Cattaraugus, NY

Stony Lane Elementary
Paramus, NJ

Alexander Hamilton School
Glen Rock, NJ

Central School
Glen Rock, NJ
	
Washington Elementary 
Township of Washington, NJ

Park Ridge Elementary
Park Ridge, NJ



"The students at St. John the Baptist had an outstanding author visit with Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. Her enthusiasm, love of writing, and her ability to involve the students in her presentations made this a valuable learning experience for our pre-k through eighth grade students. At the author luncheon, students enjoyed discussing various topics with Amy. Amy’s author visit has inspired and encouraged students to write about ideas and events that are important to them."
Lucie Bellittiere, Reading Specialist
St. John the Baptist School, 
Kenmore, NY

"Amy sparkled, and her luster rubbed off on our children who are poets in the making. She was remarkably inspiring as she had students pull folded poems from a woodpecker rutted log from her farm. Each of them was equally delightful as she shared the seeds of ideas that grew into thought provoking, sometimes silly, insightful poems. Students who wrote poetry for April Is Poetry Month shared their poems with Amy and in turn she invited several to share their work aloud pointing out the unique form and style of each poem. Her visit was uplifting and important to our staff and students.  Poetry is alive and well at QUEST thanks to Amy and her presentation!"
Stephanie Harney, MEd Reading Education, MLS
QUEST IB Library Media Center
Hilton Central Schools

"Amy LV dynamically enthralled her audience as she entertained with her amazing poems, interesting facts, and intriguing stories.  Students were inspired to be themselves, find their interests, and be creative.  Amy inspired her audience to slow down, look around, play, and keep notebooks of anything and everything."
Amy Zimmer Merill, Reading Specialist
Calvin Coolidge Elementary, Binghamton, NY

"The highlight of our day was grade-level presentations by the oh, so talented and dynamic Amy.  She captivated each and every audience."
Bobbi Hopkins, Third Grade Teacher
Poem in Your Pocket Day
Country Parkway Elementary School, Williamsville, NY

"Thank you, Amy, for inspiring and supporting my students’ writing all year and for providing them with that real life connection of having met you!   We will never forget that day!"  (HERE is a slide show of this author visit.)
Laurie Luft, Second Grade Teacher
Terry Taylor Elementary, 
Spencerport, NY

“Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, visiting poet, brought her enthusiasm and imaginative style of teaching to both our young students during assemblies and to our teachers in an exciting and inspiring workshop after school.  Her ability to reach students and pique their curiosity encouraged many to wonder, reflect, and write beautiful poetry!  She is a master at helping teachers help children to see and notice things around them and seek out the stories in everything.  Helping teachers to understand the high level of skill involved in writing good poetry was the icing on the cake.  Amy's beautiful book is titled Forest Has a Song, but in Fairport, we feel like singing after sharing such an inspiring day of creativity with Amy!”
Sheila Cocilova
2nd Grade Teacher
Jefferson Avenue School
Fairport, NY
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School Visits
School Visits
I am delighted to visit schools and events as an author, either speaking to large assembly groups or teaching smaller writing workshops.

My work with children in this regard focuses on: reading poetry, performing poetry, sharing writing ideas, and telling poem backstories, from moment of spark through revision and editing.  Please contact me through e-mail if you would like to discuss the possibility of such a visit to your school or event.  You can read about  and see pictures of previous school visits HERE. 
I am delighted to visit schools and events as an author, either speaking to large assembly groups or teaching smaller writing workshops.

My work with children in this regard focuses on: reading poetry, performing poetry, sharing writing ideas, and telling poem backstories, from moment of spark through revision and editing.  Please contact me through e-mail if you would like to discuss the possibility of such a visit to your school or event.  You can read about  and see pictures of previous school visits HERE. mailto:amy@amylv.com?subject=https://www.pinterest.com/amylvanderwater/author-visits-amy-ludwig-vanderwater/shapeimage_12_link_0shapeimage_12_link_1
Printables
Bookmarks
“Poemmittens” HERE
Book Guides
FOREST HAS A SONG guides HERE
Book Order Forms
Student Book Order HERE
With Anthologies 
HERE
Press Kit
Bio (short/long)
short HERE
long HERE

Photo
high resolution, color  HERE

Book Cover
high resolution, color HERE

Poster
8.5x11 to promote  school visit HERE



Places I’ve been:
Spring Story Festival with Jane Kurtz
Hilton, NY

Country Parkway Elementary
Williamsville, NY

Children's Concert Series
Kenmore, NY

B is for Books Bookstore Orchard Park, NY

Calvin Coolidge Elementary
Binghamton, NY

Harold O. Brumsted Elementary
Holland, NY

Aurora Waldorf School
West Falls, NY

Holmes Elementary
Tonawanda, NY

QUEST Elementary
Hilton, NY

Allegany Nature Pilgrimage
Salamanca, NY

Terry Taylor Elementary 
Spencerport, NY

St. John the Baptist School
Kenmore, NY

Fairport Central Schools
Fairport, NY

Academe of Aurora 
East Aurora, NY

Chenango Forks Elementary
Chenango Forks, NY

Eggert Elementary
Orchard Park, NY

Klem North Elementary
Webster, NY

St. John School
Houston, TX

Monkey See, Monkey Do Bookstore
Clarence, NY

Northwood Elementary
Hilton, NY

Georgia Elementary and
Middle School
Georgia, VT

Franklin Elementary
Tonawanda, NY

Newfane Elementary
Newfane, NY

WNY Young Writer’s Studio
Kenmore, NY

Breton Elementary
East Grand Rapids, MI 

Lakeside Elementary
East Grand Rapids, MI 

Wealthy Elementary
East Grand Rapids, MI

Douglas J. Reagan Intermediate
Lockport, NY

Plank South Elementary
Webster, NY

Edison Elementary
Tonawanda, NY

Lindbergh Elementary School
Kenmore, NY

Georgia Elementary and Middle School
Georgia, VT

Enterprise Charter School
Buffalo, NY

Indian Landing Elementary
Penfield, NY

HB Miles School
Fairlawn, NJ

Vernfield Elementary
Telford, PA

WNY BOOK EXPO
Buffalo, NY
  

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Past
Poetry Assemblies
Working with large groups of students, I share the sounds and stories of The Poem Farm.  Acting out poems, playing with meter and rhythm, holding objects from the natural world, students learn to develop their own eyes and ears for finding and shaping the poems of their lives.  While this program varies depending on the age of participating students, its focus remains the same: from silly to serious, poems can change us from the inside out…as readers, as writers, as humans.  

Writing Workshops
I am comfortable teaching a variety of workshops to students of all ages.  From finding ideas to keeping notebooks to revising writing to reading others’ texts for craft, I strive to deepen students’ understandings of how writers move between many ways of thinking.

Poetry Residencies
Bookended with an assembly and a celebration of student writing, a two to five day residency allows for exploration into finding writing ideas, structuring these ideas, and using literary techniques to make them sing. Read about one such residency HERE.

Annual Grade Level Assemblies
Some school districts choose to schedule a poetry assembly for one particular grade as a special literary event each year.  I am happy to travel to three different school buildings in one day to share poetry with one grade level as a yearly poetry launch or celebration.
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Blogging
Notebook Ideas:
SHARING OUR NOTEBOOKS
Poems & Lessons:
THE POEM FARM
Poetry Assemblies
Working with large groups of students, I share the sounds and stories of The Poem Farm.  Acting out poems, playing with meter and rhythm, holding objects from the natural world, students learn to develop their own eyes and ears for finding and shaping the poems of their lives.  While this program varies depending on the age of participating students, its focus remains the same: from silly to serious, poems can change us from the inside out…as readers, as writers, as humans.  

Writing Workshops
I am comfortable teaching a variety of workshops to students of all ages.  From finding ideas to keeping notebooks to revising writing to reading others’ texts for craft, I strive to deepen students’ understandings of how writers move between many ways of thinking.

Poetry Residencies
Bookended with an assembly and a celebration of student writing, a two to five day residency allows for exploration into finding writing ideas, structuring these ideas, and using literary techniques to make them sing. Read about one such residency HERE.

Annual Grade Level Assemblies
Some school districts choose to schedule a poetry assembly for one particular grade as a special literary event each year.  I am happy to travel to three different school buildings in one day to share poetry with one grade level as a yearly poetry launch or celebration.
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Beautiful!
Not only is it a joy to work with students, it is such fun to see how poems inspire more poems and artwork too.  Thank you, schools, for these lovely displays!http://www.authorsforearthday.org/http://www.authorsforearthday.org/amy-ludwig-vanderwater.htmlshapeimage_19_link_0shapeimage_19_link_1
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