Book Category: Children’s Fiction, Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books
Age Group: K-6
Q & Ray: Case #3: Foul Play at Elm Tree Park. Illustrated by Stephen Shaskan, Graphic Universe (Lerner), 2018.
Q & Ray: Case #2: Meteorite or Meteor-Wrong? Illustrated by Stephen Shaskan, Graphic Universe (Lerner), 2018.
Q & Ray: Case #1: The Missing Mola Lisa. Illustrated Stephen Shaskan, Graphic Universe (Lerner), 2017.
Punk Skunks. Illustrated by Stephen Shaskan, HarperCollins, 2016.
“The Other Side of the Story: Fairy Tales with a Twist” Series – Picture Window Books (Capstone) 2011- 2014
• Truly, We Both Loved Beauty Dearly! The Story of Sleeping Beauty as Told by the Good and Bad Fairies. Illustrated by Amit Tayal.
• Honestly Red Riding Hood was Rotten!: The Story of Little Red Riding Hood as told by The Wolf. Illustrated by Gerald Guerlais.
• Seriously, Cinderella is SO Annoying!: The Story of Cinderella as told by the Wicked Stepmother. Illustrated by Gerald Guerlais.
Writer’s Toolbox: Art Panels, Bam! Speech Bubbles, Pow! Writing Your Own Graphic Novel. Illustrated by Stephen Shaskan, Picture Window Books (Capstone), 2011.
“The Music Family” Series – Picture Window Books (Capstone), 2011, illustrated by Robert Meganck
• The Brass Family
• The Keyboard Family
• The Percussion Family
• The String Family
• The Woodwind Family
“What’s the Difference” Series – Picture Window Books (Capstone), 2009, illustrated by Bandelin-Dacey
• What’s the Difference Between a Porpoise and Dolphin?
• What’s the Difference Between a Tortoise and Turtle?
“Word Fun” Series – Picture Window Books (Capstone), 2008-9, illustrated by Sara Gray
• If you were an Alliteration
• If you were a Capital Letter
• If you were a Compound Word
• If you were a Contraction
• If you were Onomatopoeia
• If you were a Plural Word
“Math Fun” Series – Picture Window Books (Capstone), 2008-09
• If you were a Fraction illustrated by Francesca Carabelli
• If you were a Minus Sign illustrated by Francesca Carabelli
• If you were a Minute illustrated by Francesca Carabelli
• If you were a Plus Sign illustrated by Francesca Carabelli
• If you were a Divided-By Sign illustrated by Sarah Dillard
• If you were a Times Sign illustrated by Sarah Dillard
“I Live in the Ocean” Series – Picture Window Books (Capstone), 2008, illustrated by Todd Ouren
• I am an Octopus: The Life of a Common Octopus
• I am a Sea Horse: The Life of a Dwarf Sea Horse
“Read-It! Readers: Tongue Twisters” Series – Picture Window Books (Capstone), 2008, illustrated by Jisun Lee
• Betty and Baxter’s Batter Battle
• The Fairies’ First Flight
“Read-It! Readers” Series – Picture Window Books (Capstone), 2008
• Ava the Angelfish illustrated by James Mackey
• Camden’s Game illustrated by Necdet Yilmaz
Trisha Speed Shaskan has written over forty books for children. For the past twenty years, Trisha has taught a variety of creative writing classes to students at every level from kindergarten to graduate-school. Trisha has also been a literacy coach, run a tutoring program, and worked in a children’s library. Trisha is an energetic teacher and presenter who loves to visit schools and libraries and share her passion for learning, creativity, books, and writing. Trisha holds an MFA in creative writing. Currently, she teaches writing classes to children at The Loft Literary Center. Trisha and her husband Stephen Shaskan who is a children’s book author and illustrator live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Musical Storytime for Children featuring the picture book Punk Skunks: Along with my husband Stephen Shaskan (the illustrator) we discuss our picture book, sing songs, and do a group activity.
Library Workshops for Adults:
Picture Books 101: Getting Started Writing and Illustrating
Picture Books 102: Revising Your Picture Book
Picture Books 103: Submitting Your Story for Publication
Graphic Novels for Children 101: A CRASH! Course in Getting Started Writing and Illustrating
Introduction to Writing for Children
Writing Workshops for Children Ages 7 to 12:
Get A Clue: Writing Mysteries! In this two-hour workshop, students will brainstorm, use props, outline, and begin writing their very own mystery.
Fracturing Fairy Tales! In this two-hour workshop, students will learn how the Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood became a vegetarian or how the heart of each fractured fairy tale features the main character. Students will pick a fairy tale, create a character, and begin writing a story!
Writing and Illustration Workshops for Children Ages 7 to 12 (along with Stephen Shaskan):
Creating a Comic Character and Creating Comic Strips. In both these workshops, students will brainstorm, draw, write, and create comics.
Author Visits/School Presentations: Trisha Speed Shaskan varies her presentations per grade level. In each presentation, Trisha connects her childhood experiences to the books she’s written. Trisha shows the process of a book from conception to publication. Each interactive presentation includes a group activity, such as creating a character.
Here are examples.
For k -1st grade: What If…? Imagine, Laugh, and Play with Words: How I Create Stories
For 2nd – 3rd grade: Imagine, Laugh, and Play with Words: How I Create Characters
For 2nd – 6th grade: Mysteries, Science, and Stories: Creating a Graphic Novel
For 4th – 6th grade: How the Wolf Became a Vegetarian: Exploring Perspective
For 3rd – 5th grade: How I Discovered an Octopus is Blue-Blooded: Writing Nonfiction
Trisha and her husband/author/illustrator Stephen Shaskan also visit schools together where they discuss the writing and illustration process of creating their picture book Punk Skunks and their graphic novel series, Q & Ray. As the grade levels increase, the presentations contain a greater level of detail about the process of creating the book. For each presentation, Trisha and Stephen do an interactive group activity.
Trisha is willing to work with you to fit your budget and needs. Her fees for presentations vary. Please email her: firstname.lastname@example.org