The focus of my school presentations is to show how many of my stories are based on my life and my true family stories and to encourage students to explore the stories in their families.
I discuss various ways of uncovering family stories and how they might be used in students' writing. I tell how my grandmother was the inspiration for my first book and show about six quilts that I designed and my grandmother made, including the real Canada geese quilt.
I show several slides of my home in Vermont and the animals I've rescued.
I also show the book process, from the writing through the illustrations to the finished book.