BRING YOUR CLASSROOM TO LIFE
Author Susan Beattie, is conducting Virtual Author “live” Google Meets with pre-taped Field Trips to Wildlife Sanctuaries and Museums that are featured in her books. Each Virtual Author Meet is suitable for entire schools, grade levels, media specialists, or individual classrooms. Each event consists of a 30 minute presentation which includes access to on-location, pre-taped footage of her (sometimes with Luke) at several wildlife sanctuaries and museums listed below where she interviews directors of education while touring their center(s), getting up close to the wildlife and discussing the various wildlife with their stories of rescue and rehabilitation.
THE MAKING OF LUKE’S STORY. A Short Film takes its viewers through the process of writing Luke’s Story from inspiration to publication. The film shows author Susan Beattie collaborating with the artist/illustrator, and the graphic designer, all at work on the book with clips of Luke and Greg in the store working and playing.
BEHIND THE MISSION
Susan together with Luke talk about her books at the jewelry story where Luke became a door greeter with Greg (jeweler) who adopted Luke. Also footage with Susan and Luke on the island of Palm Beach at several locations featured in many of her books, such as the Kapok tree, Lake Trail, Flagler Museum, Mizner Fountain, and the Beach. Susan talks about her research and visits to wildlife sanctuaries and museums in preparation to write each book.
LOGGERHEAD MARINELIFE CENTER
Susan interviews the director of education and the film includes live turtles (like Reef featured in her book) and their stories of rescue and rehabilitation.
Luke’s Shipwreck Treasure Voyage
LION COUNTRY SAFARI
Susan interviews the director of education as she goes on safari through the park discussing the wildlife and their stories of rescue and rehabilitation. Meet Atlas the lion cub son of K’wasi who is featured along with other special wildlife in her book.
Luke’s African Safari
SOUTH FLORIDA SCIENCE CENTER
Susan interviews the director of education as they tour the center with its exhibits on the Everglades, Space, Ocean, and Dinosaurs as they relate to current and future books.
Luke’s Everglades Excursion
Luke’s Space Odyssey
Luke’s Dinosaur Expedition
PALM BEACH ZOO & CONSERVATION SOCIETY
Susan interviews the zoologist as they tour the zoo discussing the wildlife (with up close shots) and their stories of rescue and rehabilitation. Meet Fiona the orphaned jaguar and other wildlife that are featured in her current and future books.
Luke’s Rainforest Exploration
BUSCH WILDLIFE CENTER
Susan interviews the director of education and film includes shots of wildlife and their stories of rescue and rehabilitation which some are featured in her books.
Luke’s Everglades Excursion
Luke’s Gold Rush Adventure
Susan interviews the director of education and film includes live shots of both wildlife and domestic animals with their stories of rescue and rehabilitation. Meet Quackers the famous rescue goose.
Luke’s Orient Express
Author Visits are so important because while I can do an awesome reading of a story, I am limited to my own personal knowledge of the book. When you invite the author in, you get their perspective and so much more!
-Shannon Culp, Media Specialist