School Visits

“There is nothing I like better than to share my enthusiasm for books and writing with children.”

“Alice is one of the best presenters I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. Audiences always come away with interesting ideas and fresh perspectives. Ruth Siburt, Library/Computer specialist, Decatur, IL
Alice B. McGinty wields her guitar as equally well as her pen. The students loved the participation with the story Ten Little Lambs. After hearing the tale of the writing process and the numerous turn downs of her manuscripts, students understood that many times success is not always an easy thing to achieve. Being able to read Alice’s books and actually meet the author is a great literature activity our students thoroughly enjoyed.” - Diane Gustafson, Iroquois West Elementary, Gilman, IL
“Students are entranced as Alice shares her experience as a writer.”Pam Green, Teacher, Urbana, IL


Alice has collaborated with many local organizations to develop innovative school programming, and has experience in successfully obtaining grant money.

As well as doing traditional author visits, assemblies, and keynotes, Alice’s school workshops include:

Catch The Rhythm

Using poetry, spoken language, books, and song, participants will catch the rhythm of language. We’ll write it, draw it, move it, clap it, sing it and drum it!
(Gr. K-3, wkshop or assembly)
(IL Goals 25.A.1c, 26.A.1d, 8.A.1a)

What’s So Funny

From outrageous characters and silly situations to pure nonsense, we’ll explore humor in writing and practice the skills you need to make your writing funny.
(Gr. 3-5, workshop or assembly)

How Life Inspires Stories

How do authors take real life events and turn them into books? In this assembly, Alice will explain how she got the ideas for her books and developed them. Students will develop their own group story, meet Cookie, the guinea pig who is the star of Eliza’s Kindergarten Pet, and share several of Alice’s books interactively using music and hand motions. (Gr. K-5 assembly – content will be adapted to fit age range of audience)

A Kindergarten Surprise

In this hands-on workshop, the author reads her books, Eliza’s Kindergarten Surprise and Eliza’s Kindergarten Pet.  Students make a large Mommy doll during the assembly, and meet the “star” character of Eliza’s Kindergarten Pet - a live spotted guinea pig named Cookie. Classes will be given supplies for each student to make a Mommy doll later in the classroom.
(Gr. K) (IL Goals 2.B.1a, 2.B.1c, 26.B.1d)

Thank You, World – A Family Story Making Assembly

Hooray for books and stories! This energetic program introduces families to Alice and her books. Using multimedia and group activity, we read several of Alice’s books, talk about story making, and put families to work together making stories. We’ll sing songs, meet Cookie (the guinea pig “star” of Eliza’s Kindergarten Pet) end by reading Thank you, World and making a school Thank you, World souvenir.
(Family Nights, Assemblies, and workshop for Gr. K-5)

The Stories Behind the Stories

Alice shares the stories behind her books, both fiction and nonfiction, and discusses the process of writing and publishing books.
(Middle and High School, workshop or Assembly)
(IL Goals 2.A.3c, 2.A.4c, 27.A.3a)

Writing Historic Tales with the Champaign County Forest Preserve District’s Early American Museum

This program is done in conjunction with the Champaign County Forest Preserve District’s Early American Museum. Students learn the art of writing historical fiction tales using artifacts from the museum. Sign up for this program through the Early American Museum.

“Alice McGinty is an exceptional presenter. Whether the child is in preschool or high school,
Alice can hold the audience wit her enthusiasm and quick moving presentations. You won’t be
disappointed!” – Diana McGuckin, teacher at Flanagan Grade School
“Alice is incredible, well-informed, and confident, an encouraging instructor who engaged everyone.”
Class participant

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