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With all the questions that spin around in my head, I've never had a boring moment in my entire life.
—J. C. Greenburg

“I’ll be landing at the airport in thirty minutes,” said Uncle Al. “Right now I want you to think about the sign over my office door."

“Oh yeah!”Andrew nodded. “It says, ‘Questions have many answers.’ ”

“You’ve got it!” said Uncle Al. “It’s the best magic I know. It works for anything. You can use it to make a pizza, find a new planet, or get unshrunk!”

—from "Andrew Lost in the Garden" by J. C. Greenburg
Hi there! I'm J. C. Greenburg, author of "Andrew Lost," a humorous science adventure series published by Random House for kids ages 6 - 10. I believe that questions are the most powerful telescope into our amazing universe. I'm available for school visits that will leave children bubbling with questions and looking at everything from dirt to dinosaurs in new ways. Along the way, they'll learn a lot about writing, too.
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My Presentations

My presentations, adjusted for age groups, center around eye-popping PowerPoint images of weird and wonderful creatures – from a Tyrannosaurus Rex to bizarre insects to the giant squid and the blue whale.  I use the images to illustrate the science facts that inspire me and to tell how I research and write my books. I also share empowering stories about children - as young as 3! - who have made scientific discoveries.  And I weave in writing hints, too.  At the end, there's time for Q & A. 

Presentations can range in length from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on your needs and the ages of the children.  The presentations delight children from ages 5 or 6 through about 10 (and adults, too!). The only problem I encounter is that children have so many questions they don't want to go back to class! (I always invite them to email me their questions.) 

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Want to know more? Visit these websites:

www.AndrewLost.com

www.randomhouse.com/kids/andrewlost/

A slideshow of a visit to Lincoln Elementary by my husband Dan Greenburg and me:
I'm located in New York, but I've given school presentations, keynote speeches, and writing workshops all over the country. To arrange a school visit, speech, or workshops, please contact Lisa McClatchy:

Liske@aol.com

Lisa is great! She can handle all scheduling details and arrange for the delivery (and easy return) of deeply discounted books. You can also contact me directly:

Judith@jcgreenburg.net
or you can call me at: 914-478-7241.

And do you know my husband, Dan Greenburg? He writes "The Zack Files," "Secrets of Dripping Fang," "Weird Planet," and "Maximum Boy," all series for kids, ages 6 - 11. Dan gives amazing presentations that leave kids "swimming in a sea of ideas," as one little girl put it. For more information, visit Dan's website:

www.DanGreenburg.com

or contact him via Lisa McClatchy (Liske@aol.com) or directly:

Dan@DanGreenburg.com

In view of the difficult economy and cutbacks in funds for educational programs, Dan and I want to do our part to help schools continue their visiting author programs. If you're interested in a visit with either of us (or both), please contact us to discuss your needs and we will make every effort to work within your budget.


Here's a little bit about me and how I came to write "Andrew Lost":

“I just want you to be normal!” my mother used to say pleadingly—and often. She said it when she found me digging for dinosaur bones in the backyard. She said it when she found the orchid plants I was growing under my bed. (That was before I knew plants need light!) She said it in the grocery store when, instead of asking for candy or cereal, I asked for a Venus Fly Trap.

Poor Mom. She wanted a normal kid. I wanted to see platypuses and figure out how flies walk across the ceiling without falling off. And just how giant is a Giant Gippsland Earthworm anyway? With tons of questions always spinning around in my head, I never had a boring moment.

I also loved to write. So when I graduated from college, I found the perfect job for me. I became an editor of science books. I worked on books about volcanoes and stars and weather and math. I especially loved helping authors who wrote about living things. The biologists were such fun! And they, too, loved to ask questions.

Now here was the best part about my job: If I had a question about anything, I could call an expert anywhere in the world to find an answer. Experts are people who love to study things like earthquakes and ants and octopuses. Experts are people who want to tell you all about what they love!

After many happy years of working on other people’s books, I decided it was time to write my own. I had learned a lot about things that interested me: why spiders don’t stick to their own webs, why insects can never grow as big as the ones in horror movies, what the inside of the earth is made of. And I still had a TON of questions. Maybe there were kids who were interested in the things I was interested in. That’s when I came up with the idea for “Andrew Lost.”

Now there are two favorite parts of my work as an author. I still get to call anyone in the world to ask questions. For example, a little while ago, I needed facts on blue whales, the biggest creatures that have ever lived, for Andrew Lost in the Whale. I called two experts. We had interesting conversations about what a blue whale’s tongue looks like and whether a 10-year-old could squeeze through a whale’s intestines.

My other favorite part of being an author is visiting schools and talking to kids about everything from the cute creatures that live upside down in our eyelashes to the giant squid that lives in the deepest ocean.

If you asked me how to guarantee that your life would be interesting, I’d tell you this: Come up with some questions and look for answers. You’ll meet terrific people, have lots of fun, and you will never
ever be bored.


Here's What Children, Teachers, Librarians, and Parents Are Saying:

"Judith Greenburg was such a delight.  She held workshops with our 2nd and 3rd grade students and taught them how to write in a way that allows their readers to really experience the story.  She truly connected with students as they shared their writing.  Her teaching has made them want to be writers themselves.    Our students loved every minute with her!"
- Julie Artz, Reading Specialist, Lincoln Elementary

"On behalf of the LitFest Planning Committee and the Tehama County Department of Education, thank you for the marvelous presentations you gave to the students of Tehama County. Your visit to Red Bluff was exceptional in every respect. You worked tirelessly and enthusiastically for us during a very long week, taking part in school appearances, author dinner, and LitFest '07. Watching you communicate to students through the magic of your phenomenal use of language was a treat for me personally. Even as the week wore on, you maintained the same energy level you gave to students on your first day. It was truly an honor having you in a key role, leading our celebration of literature... Many individuals have called the office to praise both your presentations and your books. "
- Maureen Lasley, Director, Library & Media Services

"Judith was fabulous! Many of the parents made a point of telling me how wonderful she was. The bookstore sold almost all of the books they had on hand. Thanks for recommending Judith for a members' program!"
- Autumn Payne, Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

"Please accept the sincere thanks and appreciation of the Arizona Reading Association for your Keynote Address at the Arizona Reading Conference, The Ooze and Ahs! of Writing for Children. Your participation truly enriched the lives of the attending teachers and contributed to 'joyful literacy' in the state of Arizona. Your professionalism and enthusiasm will serve as a positive influence for literacy educators both here and across the country."
- Arizona Reading Association Conference Committee

"I am a parent of a kindergarten student at Hills Elementary School.  On October 14, 2009 my child had the opportunity to listen to the presenting authors, Dan and Judith Greenburg.  My son was overwhelmed with excitement when he arrived home to show me the books he purchased that were signed by the authors.  He shared the stories he was told and the personal experiences of the author.  "With enthusiasm and excitement in his eyes he told me, “I want to be a paleontologist or a bug scientist.  What kind of scientist studies bugs?”  I explained that they are called entomologists.  We explored bugs on the Internet that night and played a dinosaur game on pbskids.org 
"Thank you for this wonderful opportunity you have bestowed on my child.  The opportunities in this single event provided encouragement and interest in the sciences, literature, and future careers." 
-
Holly 

"Judith Greenburg visited our district in October and presented to students in grades Kindergarten through 2nd.  Our little ones loved her presentations--especially bugs, and snakes, and 'People Flakes!'  Her presentations not only encouraged them to read, but to investigate and to question 'why.' (Something we don't seem to let kids do enough.)  At the end of the day, a little Kindergartener saw Judith in the library and was overheard saying quietly: 'I loved the scientist.' 
"Judith Greenburg enlightened the K-1 students at Wayne Elementary with her fascinating tales about paleontologists. The children were most interested in hearing her story about the 5 year old who really found a dinosaur egg. Her strong use of visual aids about dinosaurs and insects were enlightening. Judith was able to captivate the audience by relating the dinosaur to their Thanksgiving Turkey. The students were engaged and interested to listen to her speak. She not only discussed her books but sparked an interest in science."
- Michele Fabbro, District Library Coordinator

“On behalf of the Tehama County Department of Education, thank you for the marvelous presentations you gave to our students. Your visit to Red Bluff was exceptional in every aspect. You worked tirelessly and enthusiastically for us during a very long author week, taking part in school appearances, author dinner, and LitFest ’07. Watching you communicate to students through the magic of your phenomenal use of language was a treat for me personally. Even as the week wore on, you maintained the same energy level you gave to students on your very first day. It truly was an honor having you in a key role, leading our celebration of literature.
“We greatly appreciate your efforts in preparing for the sessions and the time you spent with the students. Having an author of your caliber in Tehama County was a dream for me, and a thrill for educators and students. Many individuals have called the office to praise both your presentations and your books. Thank you for doing such an important job. On a personal note, I enjoyed getting to know you. You brought enthusiasm to the week, were marvelous company for us all, and conveyed genuine support through your delightfully sweet personality. I look forward to maintaining our friendship.”

-Maureen Lasley, Director, Library and Media Services, Tehama County Dept. of Education, Red Bluff, California

“WOW! J.C. Greenburg's visit to our school has sparked a love of science as well as reading. My students come into the library hunting for Andrew Lost books and never miss the opportunity to fill me in on some gross nature fact that they learned while reading them!” -Sue Sclafani, Canaan Elementary School, Patchogue, New York

Thanks for visiting!


J. C. Greenburg

Judith@jcgreenburg.net