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Overview | Sample Presentations

Thank you for your interest in my programs for students. Although teaching commitments, research trips, and writing deadlines limit the number of schools I can visit each year, I do relish my time with young readers. I would love to find a way to visit yours! Please review the program information below and contact me if you would like to talk over the possibilities. I fill slots on a first come, first served basis. If we cannot schedule something for the upcoming year, perhaps we can look ahead to the next one.

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A basic school visit includes up to four presentations per day. These presentations are designed for classroom-sized groups (20-30 students), although I do sometimes speak with larger groups in an assembly setting. My fee for the day is $1500.00 for schools located within 120 miles of Worcester, Massachusetts.

A public library visit typically includes a single presentation and a book signing. My fee for libraries located within sixty miles of Worcester, Massachusetts is $500.

For K-2 students in a classroom setting, my programs are approximately thirty minutes long, including time for questions and answers.

For students in grades 3-8 in a classroom setting, my presentations are sixty minutes long, including time for questions and answers.

In a library setting, these presentations can be adapted to suit a mixed-age family audience.

I do a limited number of visits to distant schools and libraries each year, but travel expenses and overnight accommodation fees will apply. Please contact me for more information.

Sample Presentations

What Does a Scientist Look Like?

Grades 4 through 8 — Program length: 60 minutes

Drawing on the content of several of her published books, Loree explores the concept of a scientist with students. The goal of this program is to open young minds to the idea that scientists come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and sexes (they are not all men with crazy Einstein hair!), work in a variety of locations (not just laboratories!), and with a surprising variety of tools (plastic ducks, anyone?). By the end of this interactive hour, students will realize they have all the tools they need to be scientists themselves.

Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe

Grades 4 through 8 — Program length: 60 minutes

Drawing on the content of The Hive Detectives, Loree introduces students to the amazing world of a honey bee colony, and to the dream team of scientists scrambling to understand the mysterious disorder that currently threatens it. This presentation pulls students into a dramatic real world crisis—the onset of colony collapse disorder, or CCD—and shows them how the scientific method is being used to study it.

Flotsam, Jetsam and the Science of Ocean Motion

Grades 4 through 8 — Program length: 60 minutes

Lots of kids have heard the story: 29,000 rubber bathtub toys fell from a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean and floated, quite literally, around the world. What they may not know is that this fleet of rubber duckies has become the basis of an international scientific research program aimed at better understanding our world ocean. Drawing on the content of her first book, Tracking Trash, Loree tells students a fascinating story of drama, intrigue, science and geography.

What’s Your Angle?

Grades 4 through 8 — Program length: 60 minutes

Writers are storytellers, and we have been telling and re-telling the same stories for ages. How do we keep these stories interesting? By telling them from our own unique point of view, that’s how. In this presentation, Loree uses slides, props and anecdotes to tell students how her first book, Tracking Trash, came to be … even though the story had been told several times before. Students leave the presentation with an understanding of the bookmaking process as well as an awareness of how to tell unique stories by infusing them with their own passions and interests.

Writing Adventures

Grades 1 through 3 —Program length: 30 minutes

In this program, Loree shares the tools she has used to conduct field research for each of her books … and asks students to guess what the book in question was about. This interactive presentation keeps younger students engaged and helps them to think about both writing and scientific research in new ways.  (A note from Loree: This program works best if students have not yet read or worked with my books. If all goes to plan, they will want to read every single one after I leave!)

Handle with Care

Grades 1 through 3 —Program length: 30 minutes

Based on the picture book Handle With Care, Loree brings students on an unusual journey.  Starting in the artificial swelter of a live butterfly exhibit at the Museum of Science, this presentation will travel thousands of miles to the real-life swelter of a Costa Rican butterfly farm … visiting all the stages of a butterfly life cycle along the way.


Grades 1 through 3 —Program length: 30 minutes

In this program, Loree highlights the family of insects known to scientists as lepidopterans: butterflies and moths. Sharing unusual and fascinating stories from her two picture books Handle with Care and You’re Invited to a Moth Ball, this program provides an understanding of the lepidopteran life cycle as well as tips and tricks that kids can use to become lep scientists themselves.

Spreading the Buzz

Grades 1 through 3 —Program length: 30 minutes

Drawing on stories from The Hive Detectives and a soon-to-be-published picture book called Honeybee Rescue, Loree shares the work of scientists studying honeybee decline as well as a beekeeper whose life work is to rescue colonies that build homes in unwelcome spaces. Students will leave this presentation with a deeper understanding of honey bees, their biology, and their importance in our lives.