Are your props large enough to be seen at the far end of the multipurpose room? If not, you’re leaving out a significant portion of your audience. Consider taking time this summer to exaggerate the props you have or find new ones.
In terms of images, kids love to see family photos. Do you have some to add to the mix? Or perhaps ones you haven’t used before? They can be of you as a kid – or you with your family today. If you have a special pastime, throw in some images of that, too – knitting, pet shows, gardening, Thai Chi classes, beach volleyball, doll collecting, gaming — anything you do for fun that rounds you out as a person. And these images are great conversation starters. You never know which audience members, kids and adults alike, will share the same interests. Don’t think, ‘Well, they can find that on my website.” Bring it to them.
Fresh images can also spark a new angle on your presentation, new insights as to what informs your writing or illustrating life. So, take time to review what you have, what you do, and how you can shake things up a bit to make more connections at school visits next season.