Laura's School Presentations

A Bilingual* Author & Illustrator Presents her Picture Books!

Laura Lacamara at school presentation

with kids from El Salvador

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My lively, interactive presentations at your school include:

A combination of fun, interactive large group assemblies and/or classroom visits. Meeting a living author/illustrator in person makes a big impression on children. 
When I share my cultural background and reveal the various phases of a picture
book's evolution, students get inspired to harness their creativity and tell their own stories!

Here's a sample of my day's schedule at your school:
(actual schedule will be flexible, according to your needs)

3 Assemblies (one at 30 minutes, two at 45 minutes each)

Lunch with the teachers

2 Classroom visits (30 minutes each)

I autograph and personalize books you've purchased.

My fun, interactive assemblies are popular with kids of all ages and backgrounds.  Teachers like them, too!  In my PowerPoint slideshow, I highlight my Cuban-American background, as well as my process of illustrating and my inspiration for writing my bilingual picture books. After the slideshow, I do a lively, interactive drawing demo, featuring characters from my books. Finally, I do a raffle of the two oversized drawings.
I involve student volunteers at key points in my presentations.

Classroom Visits
In a more personal, small group setting, students and teachers have an opportunity to ask me questions and see original artwork from my books. In these low-tech presentations (no PowerPoint), I do a read aloud of one of my books, I share the three stages of making a picture book from the illustrator's perspective (here I show a book dummy and original paintings), and finally, I do a lively, interactive drawing demo featuring characters from the book. The classroom sessions can include up to two classes at a time.

Literacy Nights
My after-hours presentation at your school includes a PowerPoint slideshow or a read aloud of one of my books, combined with a show-and-tell of my original artwork and book dummies, depending on the group size and your preference.  As always, I do my interactive drawing demo, followed by a raffle of two oversized drawings. (You provide cookies and milk!)

*Laura's presentations can be in English, Spanish, or a combination of the two.


Laura is available for school, library, bookstore, conference, and book fair presentations.  She is also available for virtual visits via Skype!


2019 Presentations


  • January 29: College View Elementary School, Huntington Beach, CA
  • January 29: Huntington Beach Author's Festival, Central Library, Huntington Beach, CA


  • February 9: CSLA (California School & Library Association) Conference, City of Industry, CA  


  • March 3: Tweedy Elementary School, South Gate, CA
  • March 8: Curtis School, Los Angeles, CA


  • April 10: Stevenson Library (LAPL), Los Angeles, CA
  • April 30:  Schmitt Elementary School, Westminster, CA


  • May 21:  Fryberger Elementary School, Westminster, CA


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