Songju Ma Daemicke
an Award-Winning Children's Author

School Visits

Songju loves to read her stories and share her writing experience with young readers.
If you'd like to book Songju for an author visit, please contact her. 

Suggested Curriculum


Each session would be approximately 50 minutes. Please limit to maximum of five sessions per day. Children benefit the most in smaller groups (1-2 classrooms) at a time. This allows them to see the book , ask questions, and interact with props in a relaxing way. It's educational and fun!

How to be a problem solver!
by Songju Ma Daemicke, the author of a Best STEM book of 2018
Grade level:  K and up - adjusted to specific grade level
Duration: 50 minutes
PowerPoint presentation. Reading of Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant, a Best STEM book of 2018. Songju shares some problems and guides the students to think outside of the box, unlock their unlimited imaginations and discover their creativity. A question and answer session will fellow if time permits.
 
The Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant/ A Case of Sense and Chinese Culture
Grade level: K and up 
Duration: 50 minutes
PowerPoint presentation. Reading one of her books, Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant /A Case of Sense, Songju shares some Chinese New Year customs and culture. She also incorporates a Chinese New Year decoration draw-along and teaches a few very simple Chinese (Mandarin) words. Questions and answers follow.

How a Book is Made
Grade level: K and up

Duration: 50 minutes
Reading of A Case of Sense, with students using a Chinese gong, judge's gavel and fun with all the onomatopoeias (sound words.), followed by "How a book is made",  an interactive PowerPoint presentation showing the many processes of book publication from the spark of an idea to a beautiful book in hand. Sound and smell guessing games and/or a question and answer session if time permits.
 
Chinese Folktales and A Case of Sense  
Grade level:  K and up
Duration: 50 minutes
PowerPoint presentation. Songju will read her book, A Case of Sense,  while students' collaborate with sound effects (using a Chinese gong, judge's gavel and coins).  She shares her childhood growing up in China and the role folktales played in her life. Songju also talks about different stages of A Case of Sense, including the editing and illustrating processes and ends with some questions and answers.
 
 
The Story Behind A Case of Sense 
Grade level:  3-7
Duration: 50 minutes
PowerPoint presentation- emphasizing in more detail the writing and re-writing process in this engaging and comprehensive presentation. Songju uses A Case of Sense  as an example of how the story was created, edited and published, following by a question and answer session.
 


Rates for school visits:
$300 for a day visit, including up to five 50-minutes sessions
Maximum 60 students per session for grades K and up.

      

        Songju loves to read her stories and share her writing experience with young readers. (Left) She gave a lecture for seventh graders at Attea Junior Junior High School in Glenview, Illinois. She used her current book, A CASE OF SENSE, as an example of how the story was created, edited, and published, followed by a question and answer session.