Barbara Renner, Children's Author, Classroom Presenter
Picture Books that Are Entertaining as well as Educational
Barbara grew up in New Mexico and has lived in Arizona for over 40 years, making her a true Southwestern gal. Her husband grew up in Iowa, and on a summer vacation one year introduced her to the lakes of Minnesota. After Barbara retired from teaching, they decided to become "Sun Birds" and fly away to Minnesota to escape Phoenix's summer heat— and to fish. This is where Barbara became fascinated with their state bird, the Common Loon, and wrote four picture books about Lonnie the Loon growing up.
Barbara enjoys walking her dog, Larry, and stories pop into her head as she enjoys the fresh air. Watching the coveys of quail scurry around in her neighborhood gave her an idea to write about a quail named Quincy. Barbara is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and keeps busy reading, writing, golfing, gardening, and creating Words of Wisdom to match Larry’s photogenic poses.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:
Barbara’s books are family oriented with enjoyable stories and lessons to ponder. The interesting facts and ability to hear the animal calls using a QR Code Reader App allow the reader to discover more about nature.
Why the author is an authority on the subject of her books:
Barbara is a retired teacher who has taught a variety of subjects. She is accustomed to conducting empirical studies and researching topics while she earned two masters degrees and a Reading Endorsement from ASU. She studies the facts about the animals in her books and is in touch with wildlife organizations such as the Loon Preservation Committee, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the National Audubon Society.
Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
Barbara’s classroom visits can be tailored to match the teacher’s objectives. She will check for prior knowledge, read aloud one or all of her picture books, review facts presented in the books, assist with coloring pages, and answer students’ questions. Lessons may include, but are not limited to:
- Geography – compare Arizona with Minnesota
- Habitats – compare the desert with lake country
- Birds – classify different species, migratory patterns, and predators
- Crafts – color loon and quail scenes; make hummingbird feeders
- Writing – practice writing stories using a graphic organizer
Arizona and Minnesota
Willing to travel