Email me at emmasmithsf[at]yahoo.com.
You can also follow me on Twitter at @emmablandsmith.
For book inquiries, contact my agent, Essie White, at stormliteraryagency[at]gmail.com.
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I love to speak to elementary school students about my picture book, Journey! My classic presentation includes a reading of the book followed by engaging information about my background and path to publication, as well as a discussion about writing. My talk and slideshow is designed to promote literacy and start a conversation about wolves and conservation. My fee is $200 for a large assembly presentation (up to 200 children) running 45 minutes to an hour.
I also offer free 20-minute Skype visits!
Interested in an in-person visit but don’t have the budget? Consider contacting your local bookstore to coordinate book sales, with no fee.
Emma Bland Smith is a children’s librarian and professional writer. Her first picture book, Journey: Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West, won Bank Street College’s Cook Prize and Northland College’s SONWA award. She is also the author of To Live on an Island and the Maddy McGuire, CEO, chapter book series, as well as several more forthcoming nonfiction picture books. Many of her books feature real-life animals—wolves, dogs, pigs, even alligators. She lives with her husband, their two kids, one cat, and one dog in San Francisco, California. Visit her at emmabsmith.com.
This beautiful picture book follows the journey of a young gray wolf who garnered nationwide attention when he became the first wild wolf in California in almost a century. Using facts recorded by Fish & Wildlife scientists, author Emma Bland Smith imagines the wolf’s experiences in close detail as he makes an epic 2,000-mile trek over three years time. The wolf’s story is interwoven with the perspective of a young girl who follows his trek through the media. As she learns more about wolves and their relationships with humans, she becomes determined to find a way to keep him safe by making him a wolf that is too famous to harm.
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To Live on an Island description:
In this beautiful picture book, award-winning author Emma Bland Smith explores what it’s like to grow up on an island in the Pacific Northwest from the perspective of a young boy who wakes up to the sound of a ferry horn, hikes through the woods to get to his bus stop, drops crab pots for dinner, and falls asleep counting orcas instead of sheep. This book celebrates what’s special about island culture and includes a brief nonfiction element on each spread that relates to the narrative.
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