School Visits and Workshops
NOTE: To book a virtual visit, email Andrea Cruise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a former middle school teacher and author, Ann brings together energy and an inspiring message of student empowerment and empathy.
“Ann Braden is a powerful, energetic force of love, joy, creativity, compassion, and inspiration. She brings her heartwarming story of perseverance to life for her audiences, and she challenges them to find the superpower that exists in themselves and others. She captivated and motivated over 550 7th and 8th graders with her enthusiastic approach.
She personally reached out to the “Zoeys” in our school and empowered them with the desire to discover their individual voices. This was a life-changing, emotional experience for me personally and for so many of our staff and students.”
–Caradith Craven, Librarian in Oklahoma
In Ann’s presentations about The Benefits of Being an Octopus she draws on the main character Zoey to discuss the steps for being on #TeamOctopus:
1) Recognize your own superpowers.
2) Name the obstacles in your path.
3) Find the courage to speak up.
4) Team up with allies who will listen and support you.
In Ann’s presentations about Flight of the Puffin she talks about how she channels her anger into her writing so that instead of paralyzing her it can become a source of hope — and she discusses the real-life inspiration for the book.