My published works convey a simple theme of respect and the commonality of human experience within diversity. This theme is carried by my storytelling as well. Sample outlines of my programs are below. Please share these with your librarian and the classroom teachers. I am happy to consult with your staff before my visit, by phone, via e-mail or in writing. Programs with a mix of large assemblies and classroom visits seems to work best. Booking now for 2016. Call or email Young Audiences Author Visits in Schools in MA or call Melissa Bergstrom @ 617-629-9262 x 27. Contact Norah for visits outside of Massachusetts or evening and weekends at any locale

My presentation illustrates how a story idea became a finished work of literature, presenting the step-by-step editing and revision involved. I will bring correspondence and manuscripts and other visuals. So that your classroom work is supported and your students are inspired by my visit, please feel free to contact me with any information about themes or concepts you are working on. I can arrange and enhance various components of my presentation on your recommendation.

"Author Norah Dooley offers a simple theme of commonality that brings people together. Carrie's younger brother, Anthony, is late for dinner and when she is sent to look for him, Carrie discovers that the ethnic diversities among her neighbors are linked together by a simple common grain of rice." Boston Globe

"...Yes, everybody cooks rice and everybody eats rice - these commonalties do bring us together, a lesson worth repeating again and again." School Library Journal

"Dooley affirms the multiethnic nature of American life...”Booklist

"Nifty neighborhood. Nifty book." NY Times Review of Books



For all grades:

Using anecdotes and "artifacts" [ journals, sketches, photos, manuscripts etc.] in power point or slide show

Norah Dooleydraws from her personal experience to brings us to the very beginning of the writing project that

culminated in the publication of her first picture book, Everybody Cooks Rice. Stories often begin with curiosity and questions. Norah starts there and then shows how guided visualization, conversation, storytelling, brainstorming, mapping and webbing of ideas and drawing are all part of her writing process. Norah may support thesethemes with folktales; one on noticing, one for mapping and one about storytelling.