What teachers like: Cross-curriculum language arts and visual learning. Lots of laughs!
What kids like: Imagining travel to fabulous places. Creating their own wild and crazy poems! Lots of laughs!

Program Description

My picture book presentations include:

  • reading Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus
  • discussing examples of animal imagery
  • find-the-squirrel activity

and / or

  • reading The Travel Game
  • discussion of the globe and travel to foreign places.

My poetry presentation is interactive and includes:

  • an explanation of what a concrete poem is
  • a brief history of the form
  • reading of some of my concrete poems
  • showing the relationship between the graphics and the words
  • for smaller workshops, helping each child create an original concrete poem or story

Best suited for grades K to 8.


Contact John Grandits to find out about speaking fees. 

Reviews for John’s Speaking Engagements

“Watching you effectively communicate the magic of language to students on a daily basis was a treat for the students and me personally. Teachers have phoned to say their students are writing concrete poetry, even though it has not been assigned!”

— Maureen Lasley, Tahoma Dept. of Education, Red Bluff, CA

“Thank you for the wonderful poetry presentation! All the sixth graders enjoyed your fun-filled presentation. The teachers, as well, came away with great ideas to enhance the teaching of concrete poetry.”

— Carole Disalvo, Thompson Middle School, Middletown, NJ

Reviews for John’s Books

“Grandits combines technical brilliance and goofy good humor to provide an accessible, fun-filled collection of poems, brought to life through a brilliant book design.”

— School Library Journal, starred

“An exuberant celebration of wordplay that’s certain to broaden kids’ understanding and appreciation of the possibilities of poetry”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Graphically inventive sequence of concrete poems . . . mimes an 11-year-old's sarcastic perspective...A technically (and imaginatively) inspired typeface experiment.”

—Publishers Weekly

Contact me to arrange a visit