Saturday, April 16, 2011 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Luau Garden Chinese Buffet at 1890 Arden Way in Sacramento. DETAILS
Frances Kakugawa, author of the children’s books Wordsworth Dances the Waltz and Wordsworth the Poet, will speak at the monthly Sacramento Branch luncheon meeting April 16. Her topic is Children’s Literature.
April is National Poetry Month so Frances will include poetry in her discussion. She will touch on the following, adding her own experiences as author of two award-winning children’s books.
- Turning a children’s story into children’s literature.
- The story tells the story
- Beware of dumbing down
- The writing process for all genres and ages
- Poetry and children
Frances has published nine books in various genres. Her children’s books won the 2004 Hawaii Publishers Award for Excellence in Children’s Books, and Northern California Publishers and Authors. Frances was recognized in Living Legacy: Outstanding Japanese Women of the 20th Century.
In Hawaii, Frances taught kindergarten through sixth grade, was a lecturer at the University of Hawaii, and was a curriculum writer and helped developed a K-12 literature program for the Hawaii State Department of Education. Frances has also served in Michigan and Micronesia as a classroom teacher and lecturer for teacher education.
She presently leads a poetry writing support group for caregivers in Sacramento through the Alzheimer’s Association and has written a book to help and inspire all who struggle as caregivers for loved ones afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.
Frances’ book, Breaking the Silence: A Caregiver’s Voice is an essential book for Alzheimer’s caregivers. It’s a thoughtful and honest look into what caregivers face each day, providing a real value for those who must cope with incredible pressure, anxiety, and difficult decisions. To order, visit: www.btsilence.com.