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"Polisar, the winner of the Parents' Choice Award for his recordings, has written songs for Sesame Street and has performed at the Kennedy Center and Smithsonian Institution. He performs throughout the United States and instills in children the message that you can use the creative process to write about anything from your own experience.

The Houston Post
Houston, Texas

"Barry Louis Polsar is very good at what he does: firing up kids imaginations, letting them know it's okay to write about everyday life and the stuff that exists only in their imaginations.

The Citizens Voice
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

"It's obvious that Polisar has a good rapport with kids. In concert he is a lively performer and in the informal poetry and writing workshops he holds in school, he is relaxed and open.

The Houston Chronicle
Houston, Texas

Contact Barry
If you want to arrange an author visit, Barry will help guide you through the entire process.

References and Comments
Barry gets most of his bookings from teachers and librarians who have heard his presentation, so please read these.

Where has Barry performed? Locate schools and libraries all across the United States where Barry has visited.

Frequently asked questions
Who? What? Where? When?

Instructor Magazine
Read the article Barry wrote for instructor Magazine on using songs and stories in the classroom

We are bringing Barry to our school...Now what?
How to have a successful author visit.

Teacher Guide
How to relate Barry's books to the school curriculum: a one page link to classroom activities using Barry's books.

Teaching Web site literacy and search skills
How to use Barry's web site as a learning tool.

See how one school prepared for Barry's visit.

Free READ posters
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School Visits and Workshops

In addition to his regular concert and conference programs, Barry is available to spend a day--or a week--at your school. He can meet with your students in assembly programs in the media center, gym or cafeteria -- or meet with small groups and present a poetry writing workshop where elementary and middle school-aged children can write poems in a personalized setting. Barry's "writer's workshops" are very popular--students can "meet-the-author" and ask Barry questions about his work; his songs, poems, books and manuscripts-in-progress. Barry brings in not only his finished books, but also copies of his marked-up "rough drafts" for the students to see. Some books were revised twenty times before publication and comparisons of early drafts are made with the finished books as Barry discusses the process of rewriting and revising books and poems.

Advance Materials

Before Barry visits your school, we will send you copies of his books and recordings, so that every teacher in the school can have a set of Barry's books in the classroom for the month before his visit. These books, along with a teacher's guide of helpful suggestions on how to integrate his books with the school curriculum, can be used by the teachers to familiarize the students with Barry's work and further enrich their experience.

If any teacher or student wishes to purchase a book or tape, Barry will autograph it on the day of his visit and your school will earn a percentage of all sales--or you can choose to pass the discount on to your students and teachers. All books will be sent to you as advance materials before Barry's visit and are fully returnable after his author visit is complete. A typical school earns $300-$500 from book and tape sales.

If you would like to have Barry Louis Polisar visit your school, library or conference, Contact Barry and he will guide you through the entire process.