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  If anyone is looking for a sure thing, Brod Bagert is the way to go! We've had 
very well known authors here for the last 13 years and yet as you all know, 
sometimes even though they are great authors, doesn't mean they're going to be 
great presenters. Brod is both! He had many students and staff crying because they 
were laughing so hard. He is so much FUN! They're still talking about how he was 
the best author we've ever had. He gave us 3 performances. Two at my K-3 school and 
one at my 4-6 school and he modified them to meet the level he was presenting. We 
didn't choose to have a student/staff workshop because of the time factor and 
having to travel to the next school, set up and autographing. He'll also do a night 
performance. My favorite part of his presentation was that he had everyone engaged 
and participating. Teachers liked his messages about the writing process of editing 
and also about having the courage to following your dreams. On top of all that, 
Brod is very easy to host. He'll pretty much go with any schedule you've 
prearranged...autographing even after he's left. He's definitely not a diva, which 
I really appreciated. I think he's about $1500 for 4 presentations plus travel 
expenses. Check out his website for more specific details. I wish that other 
schools in our BOCES had scheduled him so that we could have shared the travel 
expenses, but he was worth every penny.
   If you would like to see a photoshow of his visit or if you would like to see a 
photoshow of the language arts acitivities we did with Brod's poetry, check out my 
website at the address below. I had students at both my schools totally immersed in 
Brod's poetry. We then had everyone record one his poems on my website. For my 
K-1s, I had them record one his poems as a class. My gr. 2-3 students recorded them 
in groups of four or five students. My gr. 4-6 students recorded them individually. 
My K-3 students made many adapted Brod Bagert poems as well as illustrate them. 
Here is the link to my website:

Lori Belair, Librarian
Cayuga and A.J. Smith Elementary Schools
Union Springs, NY


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