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Ross Burach      

Children's Book Author & Illustrator

Ross Burach is a children's book author and illustrator. Burach's books have received numerous awards including the CBC Children’s And Teen Choice Award Finalist, Parents Magazine Best Picture Book of the Year, Junior Library Guild Selection, Kirkus Star, IndyNext Select, as well as being named to multiple State lists including the Florida SSYRA, Texas 2x2, and many more.

Burach loves to make picture books. But even more, he loves to visit schools to inspire students to believe in their own creativity and storytelling abilities. Through constant student engagement and humor, Ross teaches students they all have stories to share, you can never draw wrong, and that stories are everywhere.

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We Are All Storytellers and Artists

The goal of Ross’s presentation is to engage and involve all students. He aims to inspire kids to believe they are all storytellers and artists. Ross begins by sharing pictures that show how he went from being a kid who loved to draw, to a professional who makes picture books for a living. He then reads one of his published books and shares the inspiration behind that story. The presentation culminates in a step-by-step drawing demonstrations in which the students draw a character along with him. Based on student suggestions, Ross and the class collaboratively create their own unique story featuring this character. The presentation concludes with a question and answer session.

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