A Tribute to Chris Van
This show salutes one of
today's greatest children's writers and
illustrators. Chris Van Allsburg wrote
Caldecott winners Jumanji, and The
Polar Express (both of which were also
made into movies along with Zathura).
But Van Allsburg has provided much more than
just a few great books that have been made
into enchanting movies. He is also an
accomplished sculptor, and has created a
multitude of mysterious children's books
that are fun for children and adults as
In this exciting tribute to
a great American author and illustrator, we
learn more about the man behind the books,
the movies and the mysteries. Discover
hidden puzzles that he has included in each
of his almost 20 books that will have your
young readers eager to check out and study
his works. Your students will learn about
how to craft a great story, how to design an
illustration, and how to put the two
together to create mysteries and stories of
NOTE: This is NOT an
author visit by Chris Van Allsburg. This is
a tribute show performed by a professional
The Wild West Reading
Wild West Reading Show is guaranteed to have
your kids roaring with laughter at the
antics of Roosevelt Rat and David
Hopperfield. The adventure begins when David
Hopperfield, (a "magic" bunny rabbit) is
accidentally transported back in time. Only
by unlocking the secrets of the library will
the audience be able to save the bunny.
The children will laugh at
the antics of Roosevelt Rat (a puppet), and
will be amazed as David Hopperfield the
Magic Bunny “disappears” from the “time
machine” and suddenly appears in an old
photograph. They will remember getting to
help draw the faces of historical figures
and they will REALLY remember when their
drawings come to life and begin talking to
them with voices from the past.
They will learn how to
“talk” to people from the past through
biographies, how to learn about places all
over the world through geography books, and
how to travel through time using historical
novels and science fiction. And because they
are INVOLVED in the magic and stories, the
lessons will be retained.
The Wild West Reading
Program is “Wanted” by a lot of librarians.
To ensure you don’t get left out, you need
to book early. This show is particularly
popular in the spring time during rodeo
"Your shows are laugh out
loud fun! You skillfully blend magic,
puppets, and academics for an unforgettable
Director, Madisonville Co. Library
Want a great way to hook
kids into reading? If so, I’ve got a mission
Imagine being able to get your entire
student body excited about all the things
they can learn in the library. Well, there
are agents available that do just that. You
might have seen them in the past disguised
as a cowboy and telling kids about pirates’
treasure. But we have information now that
exposes these agents' true identities. And
the show is called "TOP SECRET".
This program takes a subject that kids find
irresistible, in this case secret agents and
spy gadgets, combines it with magic and
puppets, and suddenly the kids are
When the presenter has their attention the
subtle teaching begins about what is
possible through reading books. At the end
of the show the kids are all presented with
their very own “Secret Agent I.D. Card”
which has a list of their “Training
Objectives”. These objectives are a list of
the subjects discussed in this program along
with their Dewey Decimal numbers so the kids
can find the books in the library. How many
of your students currently carry around a
list of Dewey Decimal numbers in their
wallets? Kids who watch our programs do and
they refer to them often as they try to read
at least one book from each subject area.
"You are an educator in an entertainer's
--Denise Milton; Jasper Public Library
Color Your World:
Magical Exploration of Diversity
Your World takes the serious topic of
diversity and presents it in a fun and
magical way. Your students will learn
conflict resolution, dealing with bullying,
and accepting differences. They'll learn
about sign language, Braille, and what it
might be like to have different abilities
The color of our skin, eyes, hair, and
clothes make each of us unique. Our
religions, beliefs, customs, and diets may
be different. We may celebrate different
holidays and even speak different languages.
But, through understanding and tolerance, we
can all live together even if we don't
This touching and heart-felt program is a
GREAT way to kick off the school year by
reminding students how to treat each other
with respect. For this reason it is very
popular in August and September (but great
anytime your kids need to be reminded about
these critical issues). If you are
interested in beginning the year with a
program that sets the stage of expectations,
you may want to reserve your risk-free,
no-obligation, cancel-anytime reservation at
least 6 months in advance.
Like all Roosevelt Rat programs, Color
Your World has a heavy emphasis on
reading and encourages children to further
explore their diverse interests through the
many opportunities available in the library.
your shows fill a niche that needed filling.
The messages you present are vital, but you
don't just talk about it, you demonstrate it
while the entire audience - students and
adults - have a ball. Keep up the good work,
you will be hearing from us again."
--Denise Bowman; Bayshore Elementary
and Engaging Tour of The Scientific
professional presenter and wacky friends
will be taking your kids on a wild (and
imaginary) tour of their backyards,
neighborhoods, and community parks. Through
magic, puppetry and storytelling, this
madcap group of furry and feathered friends
will teach your young readers about how to
use the Scientific Process, coupled with the
resources in the Media Center to answer
questions about their own environment.
Along the way everyone will learn
interesting facts about the plants and
animals that live among us everyday. From
North America’s only marsupial, the possum,
to color changing lizards, inventive birds,
amazing animals and even rocks that change
In addition, the students learn about the
importance of recycling and how they can
begin simple steps to take ownership of
their environment. Get ready for another
fun, educational, hilariously entertaining
program that will have your kids racing for
books and talking about the show months
after it’s over.
This program is VERY popular in April to
celebrate Earth Day and to help rekindle
excitment about science.
"Go Wild makes learning
fun. The students recall vocabulary words
from the presentation for weeks following."
Morris Elementary; Lake Worth ISD
Book Bash is another
interactive educational reading assembly
program that is part story time, part puppet
show, part magic show and 100% fun! There is
no better way to CELEBRATE READING than with
this engaging presentation.
Can 5th graders get just as involved in the
program as PK? They can and they do when the
program is Book Bash! Anything is possible
with books. From time travel with fiction,
science fiction, and historical fiction, to
meeting famous people through biographies,
and learning to do "impossible" things
through non-fiction books.
Reward your young readers with something
that is as fun as it is meaningful. You
don't have to choose one or the other. Get
the best of BOTH worlds with Book Bash!
"Wonderful. Worth every
--Christine Neal; Jack Fields Elem. PTA
This holiday season treat the kids to
a program that’s trainloads of fun, filled
with puppets, magic, storytelling, music,
and audience participation. This imaginary
train ride magically takes kids around the
world to learn about winter holidays like:
Diwali, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Lunar New Year,
Ramadan, Hanukkah and of course, Christmas.
Yes, the program is educationally
significant (Our staff can't help
themselves, after almost a hundred years of
combined classroom teaching experience, they
are obsessed with creating the most
educational programs available without
compromising entertainment value), and yes,
the program strongly encourages children to
read. But don’t think for a minute that the
show is anything less than sheer delight for
everyone, including teachers and staff. When
you hear the sleigh bell ring at the end of
the show, you won’t be the only one to wipe
a tear from your eye.
This is a show children will remember for
the rest of their lives.
teachers all have requested to have you
back, and it seems it will be a yearly
visit. I have never heard such words of
approval about a school program from
students, teachers, and administrators. If I
want to keep my job, I'd better have you
come back next year!"
--Stefanni Lynch; Smith Elementary in
"This is an opportunity you do not want
Vohs; Pugh Elementary in Houston
Simple Machines Workshop
This hands-on workshop allows learners
to handle wheels, pulleys, levers, wedges,
incline planes and screws in a way that
makes abstract concepts "concrete" (yes, the
pun was intended!).
Our Professional Presenter comes in dressed
as a construction worker, but the children
from the audience are the ones who do the
Your tactile learners will come to life as
they help figure out how to lift a 50 pound
bucket of rocks with a 5 pound weight, and
why a wedge is such a handy tool. Using
levers your youngest students will be able
to easily accomplish feats that NO human
being can accomplish bare handed. This is a
presentation that will be remembered and
talked about for a VERY long time.
Teachers will have no problem tieing lessons
into the subjects taught. And because the
program also promotes reading and media
center resources, it is a program that
Throughout the program, the kids learn how
simple machines help us “Work Smarter, Not
Smarter is an excellent hand-on
experience for students. This is a great way
to let children grasp the content using a
variety of learning styles. It is a great
culminating activity for this unit or could
be a super way to introduce simple machines
to your students."
--Traci Cummings, Lead Teacher, Mimosa
Elementary, Roswell, GA
Check out this line-up! We have a team of
all-stars this year who want to share their
favorite books with your young readers.
Along the way everyone will be learning a
few things about number sets, calculating
perimeter, and how math concepts surround us
everyday in everything we do. But don't let
the subject matter fool you. This is the one
time that (4+1) X 45 = 1. Four crazy
puppets, plus one human over forty-five
minutes equals one rip-roaring good time!
If your readers love sports or if you want
to reward with a sports-based theme, then
you have got to take advantage of "Learning:
The Sport of Champions".
Characters include: our team captain Petey
the Possom, The tortoise (from The Tortoise
and the Hare), Jack Rabbit (the puppet
version), and of course Roosevelt Rat who
always steals the show. Come meet all these
players and their new team mates as they
prepare for an all-star season!
"The program creates excitement about
learning and some students really need that
increased excitement, especially in math.
The program was amazing and informative. The
students stayed right with you and even the
slower students were in engaged in the
Get Ready for another great adventure.
There are puppets, magic, music, story
telling, lots of books, and...Well, heck, if
you don't know what we do by now, you need
to stop reading and get on the phone and
call any of the hundreds of schools,
libraries, and Parent/Teacher organizations
who have hired us and ask them what we do.
Then ask yourself why you haven't brought in
one of our professional presenters to your
group of young learners.
This program covers the the Writing Process
and how to use library and media center
resources to improve student writing. Good
readers make good writers and the single
most important thing we can do to help our
students improve their writing is to give
them the tools they need: an understanding
of the components of a good piece of written
work AND examples of great writing. This
program provides BOTH!
were a hit with the students and impressed
my principal. She specifically requested
that I let the other librarians in the
district know about you which I was planning
on doing anyway. Many teachers sought me out
to thank me for bringing you and your
program to our school."
--Ms. Black; Long Elem.
program is highly entertaining and
educational and sneaks in a Science lesson
while making the kids laugh out loud. It
appeals to the younger kids AND the
pre-teens in the audience are still talking
about how 'cool' it was."
This is a program developed specifically for
5-12 grade students. It takes the abstract
concepts of statistics, determining
probability, and multiplying fractions and
presents them in a way that is compelling,
exciting, memorable and FUN!
What are the odds of reaching into a
shuffled deck of cards, grabbing four of
them and having them be the four aces? First
we calculate the statistical probability of
such a feat and then one of YOUR STUDENTS
comes up to attempt the feat!
How many combinations exist for a shuffled
deck of cards? Would you believe that there
are more combinations for a shuffled deck of
cards than there are atoms in our entire
galaxy? I'll prove it and then I'll do a
trick that has even slimmer odds of success.
Statistics has never been this fun!
"If you have never had a
Roosevelt Rat Production at your school you
have been missing out on a great opportunity
to both entertain and educate your students.
He is the best we have ever had at our
Stuchbery Elementary; Pasadena ISD
--Shelly Lynn Pearson; Evelyn Meador
Branch Library; Seabrook, TX