Lives in: Robbinsdale, MN
Author of: Picture Books
Age Group: 4-8
Red’s Adventures: The Egg Pie. 2019, Strive Publishing.
Donna was born in Selma, Alabama in the 1960s. She is a survivor because she was a premature baby and was not expected to live. Donna says her life in elementary through high school was not very pleasant. She was diagnosed with a learning disability and struggled with reading and writing. Donna’s high school counselor told her that she would never make it in college – but today Donna has a bachelor’s degree in theater, a master’s degree in teaching and another master’s degree in K-12 school administration. She credits a teacher she had, for counteracting what her high school counselor told her. This teacher told Donna that she was smart and learned differently. She told Donna to never allow anyone to tell her anything differently. Her words helped Donna become the educator she is today.
Her love for storytelling started at a very young age. Donna has always had a big imagination. It was her imagination that helped her get through school, and other adversities in her life. When Donna was growing up, if someone would ask her a question, she would always answer with some elaborate story. Every night at bedtime, Donna’s sister would ask her to tell her a story. If Donna refused to tell a story, her sister would get very upset. This is when Donna realized her love for storytelling.
Donna loves working with children. About eight years ago, as she was working with a group of students who were having issues with academics and behavior, Donna became convicted to start writing children’s books. Her goal is to write a series of children’s books that would share her life story. The books will be geared towards helping children understand how to express themselves and believe in themselves.
Donna Gingery is one of three founding authors for Strive Publishing. She has taken her Strive experience to go on to self-publish her book, Red’s Adventures: The Egg Pie and has started her own company, DG’s Arts.
Presentation Title & Description:
Author Book Talk and Storytelling Adventure
Donna uses engaging stories from her childhood to inspire and encourage readers. Her in-person and online book talks are naturally interactive based on Donna’s ability to connect with the audience.
*Also available for virtual visits/presentations via Skype or Zoom*
Author book talks and storytelling events $200/hour; $450/half day; $800