children's books


For kids

Downloadable coloring page

Feathers Readers' Theater

Video lesson - Similes in Feathers



For teachers

Sarah is available for school visits. She can present three different programs:



For Grades 1 - 5. In the main presentation, Sarah shares all the different types of book illustration, including picture books, chapter books and non-fiction. She shows all the stages of the illustration process, focusing intensely on the evolution of two illustration spreads from her latest book, Madame Martine, and finishes with a live demonstration of different ways to illustrate a passage from a book the students have read.

In classroom workshops, she demonstrates several different ways to illustrate the same sentence. For grades K - 2, she will read her latest book and tell stories about creating it. If there's time, students are assigned a short passage from a familiar book and illustrate it, using the tools they have learned.

Fits well with literacy programs; emphasis on careful reading to comprehend the text.



Sarah takes the class through the process of illustrating a science book, including the extensive research done by the illustrator. She shares the
inside stories behind Feathers: Not Just For Flying, which took seven years from Melissa Stewart's initial idea until publication in 2014. The presentation ends with a lesson on how to draw a feather.

Additional tools developed by Melissa Stewart are not part of the presentation but may be used by teachers:
Readers' Theater
Teacher's Guide with Common Core links
Storytime Guide
Video - Similes in Feathers



For grades K - 2, Sarah discusses the process of writing and illustrating a picture book and reads Uncle Bobby's Wedding, if the teacher requests it. There is plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Third-graders are sometimes ready for an expanded discussion of same-sex marriage. For older children, talking about writing the book and getting it published can develop into a discussion of tolerance and discrimination in the current times.

Works well with diversity curriculum.

Single class presentation: $200
Full day (3 or 4 presentations): $600
Travel over 1 hour from home reimbursed

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Schools visited

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  • Moses Brown School, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Green Meadow School, Maynard, Mass.
  • Nashoba Brooks School, Concord, Mass.
  • Pacific Primary School, San Francisco, California
  • Shady Hill School, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Haynes School, Sudbury, Mass.