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Paul Owen Lewis
Paul Owen Lewis is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott nominee and American Book Award winner, STORM BOY, the mythic tale of a
Northwest Coast native boy’s encounter with killer whales in human form. Paul’s other titles include the classics, Davy’s Dream, Grasper, and
the out of this world, The Jupiter Stone. Check out his website at www.paulowenlewis.com to see them.
Besides creating award winning picture books, Mr. Lewis speaks at schools in-person and now via Skype (to well over half a million children at
last count). Though inspiring, entertaining, and approachable as a visiting “real-live-author”, the other secret to his enduring popularity as a speaker
lies in the fact that Paul is a former classroom teacher. As such, he knows what your students want by way of honest, useful content and an
upbeat delivery, and he knows what you want by way of effective teaching strategies and good classroom management. This means you can relax
and enjoy the show, too.
Author Website: www.paulowenlewis.com
Author Address: San Juan Islands, Washington State, USA
Genres: Picture Books, Native American art and myth, folktale, fairytale, fantasy, mystery, multicultural, inspirational, natural history, scientific, informational
Program #1 - DAVY'S DREAM, or "How I Became an Author for the First Time". Want to inspire your students and reluctant writers to believe that dreams come true? Then this is the one for you! Mr. Lewis chronicles his life (starting in 1st grade) and the events that led to his transformation from a confirmed non-writer to writer after being inspired by a so-called “real-live-author” himself. Then, see his process from first idea to storyboarding, editing, dummy construction, and final illustration on through submission and publication of his first book, Davy's Dream. Visual learners will especially appreciate Mr. Lewis’ pictures-first writing technique. 50 minutes. All ages.
Program #2 - STORM BOY, or "Northwest Coast Native Mythology 101". Looking for an artful way to introduce your students to the indigenous art and culture of the Pacific Northwest Coast? Mr. Lewis shares how he became inspired first by the grand art, and later, the mythology of the region, and how that led to his creating, Storm Boy, the classic picture book and winner of The American Book Award. Though a trade book, Storm Boy is now recognized as a primary teaching resource for educators around the world. 45 minutes. All ages.
Program #3 - THE JUPITER STONE, or "The Universe is 13.7 Billion Years Old, and So Are You". This one is for stargazers, rock collectors, and anyone who has wondered where we came from (and where we’re going). Inspired by the latest discoveries in astronomy, quantum theory, and photos from the orbiting Hubble Telescope, Mr. Lewis created, The Jupiter Stone, a beautifully visual, succinct, yet very deep glimpse into the “Big Picture” we’re all apart of. You’ll want to leave plenty of time for discussion afterwards for this one! 45 minutes. All ages.
Program #4 - THE HERO'S JOURNEY, or "Everyone is Telling the Same Story. Really." What do nearly all the celebrated works of children’s literature have in common? They reflect the timeless narrative stages and character archetypes of what mythologist Joseph Campbell first termed, “The Hero’s Journey”. Mr. Lewis will compare several of these well known works, including Where The Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak), and, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (William Steig), along with his own works, to help young writers understand and use this proven structure in their own writing. 50 minutes. 3rd Grade and up.
Please Note: All presentations are copiously illustrated with digital photos, original artwork, and teaching diagrams. And with Skype's "share screen" technology you will see these with perfect clarity on your screen. Furthermore, Mr. Lewis transmits with a LogicTech C910 High Definition camera so his live image is also very clear.
Audiences: All ages for programs no. 1 - 3. Program no. 4 for grades 3 and up.
Available Times: Flexible depending on schedule.
No recording of Skype Sessions without permission from the author.
No Cost Meet the Author Visit: 10 minutes
In-Depth Visit Length: 45-60 minutes, plus 15 minutes for Q&A afterward.
In-Depth Visit Cost: $250
Prerequisites: Technical run-through prior to presentation. Some exposure to my books beforehand would be helpful, even if only by means of my website.
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: (206) 527-1073
Affiliations: the Writers Guild of America, SCBWI
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