About the Artist: Keith Graves
Keith Graves is the award-winning author and illustrator (and sometimes just the illustrator) of many hilarious picture books for children. His titles include Chicken Big, Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance, Three Nasty Gnarlies, Pet Boy, and Loretta Ace Pinky Scout, Desert Rose and Her Highfalutin Hog. (See a fun Loretta movie on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTM_-ys4rGI, or just search by entering Loretta Ace Pinky!) He has also illustrated many books for other authors, including Moo Who, and Too Many Frogs. Keith lives in Austin with his wife, Nancy and twins, Max and Emma.
Keith has presented school programs for students from kindergarten to college, around Texas and beyond. His program usually consists of 45 minute sessions of readings from his books, an audience-participation drawing game/demonstration, and Q&A.
Keith can also adapt the presentation to a longer format for small audiences. This type of program can include personal instruction focusing on the writing and illustrating of a story, using examples from his own paintings and rough drafts. The cost for a half day visit is $500 (plus travel expenses if outside the Austin area) for a maximum of three 45 minute sessions, and $1000 for a full day. A complimentary set of autographed books for the library is included in the price of the sessions. Keith can provide books for sale prior to or during an event.