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Invite Henry to Your School or Library (download PDF)
Henry Homeyer is the author of five books and former elementary school teacher who enjoys working with children of all ages. He taught third and fourth grade, and was the part-time principal of a public school before going on to other careers, including the Peace Corps. He is delighted to work with groups to stimulate a love of writing and reading. Henry was recently selected as a presenter for the Children’s Literacy Foundation.
Henry is currently accepting invitations to read from his new book, Wobar and the Quest for the Magic Calumet. This book is a fast-paced tale of high interest to children of all ages, but particularly grades 2-5. Even children who have struggles with reading or who have attention deficit problems find Wobar exciting – it draws them into the story and makes them want to read on. Listening to a few chapters of Wobar is a great way to encourage children who might not be quite ready to tackle a chapter book to read independently.
Henry is also prepared to lead workshops with children on a variety of topics:
1.     How do you write a book? How do you get it published?
2.     Keeping a diary or journal: How do you do it? Why bother? What is the fun of it? Henry has diaries that he wrote starting when he was 9 years old, and can bring them and read sections aloud to demystify the journaling process and give kids ideas about what they can write about.
3.     How can children get good at using their imagination and then using that imagination to write stories, plays, skits or movies for others to enjoy? Among other tools, Henry uses illustrations from Wobar to get children to speculate about what comes in the chapters ahead – or to create their own storyline.
4.     How do we preserve our writing? Will diaries written on a computer still exist in 50 years the way Henry’s handwritten diaries do? What can children do to ensure that their writing lives on?
Henry can work with classes over multiple sessions with children interested in creative writing using photographs taken by children that can serve as prompts either for writing fiction or non-fiction.
One scenario involves sending children home with instructions to take a series of photos that can be used in writing exercises. Pictures can include photos of the child, the child’s family, home, pets or stuffed animals, and something that brings joy or is scary. Before the workshop the teacher at the school would print out a few small photos (chosen by the child) for use in the writing sessions with Henry.


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