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Richard Jesse Watson presenting to schools


Loosen kid’s imaginations, tighten their writing, and fire-up the artist within.

Richard’s leapfrog approach to developing narrative skills is as fun as a barrel of, well… frogs.  By alternating between words and pictures, students get hooked on literacy, storytelling, and the power of art.

Watson’s interactive story building explores playful use of language from poetry to prose, from the autobiographical to the zip-zoom of onomatopoeia.

For the art part: Watson weaves in examples of cartooning, naturalism, expressionism, and impressionism, giving students permission to explore their own style of artistic expression.

Watson’s PowerPoint shows the power of visual storytelling from the earliest cave paintings to his illustrations for picture books.  Discover his behind-the-scenes process for making a book.



Richard is available for a limited number of visits this year. To schedule an author visit send an email to: rjw@olympus.net.

His fee is $1200 per day, for three (45-60 minute) sessions, plus lodging and travel expenses. Additional sessions, $400 each.

Richard is also available for Virtual Visits through Skype.
See Skype An Author for further information. 


Westgate Elementary fifth grader, Emily, wrote about Watson's program:


“…You, out of all the authors that have come to our school are my favorite. You let us experience drawing from our hearts, instead of sitting there being bored and almost falling asleep. You’re inspiring and exciting in how you tell your presentations.” Rebekah, 5th Grade

“I deeply appreciate you sharing with us your talent. I personally like your sense of humor. I thoroughly enjoy your presence and extremely welcoming spirit.” Isaac, 6th Grade

“Hearing you talk and seeing your work was such a ray of sunshine in our day. Your illustrations are inspiring and we did not want the day to end.” Dannielle, 7th Grade

“…Guess what, I love art and I love to draw! You engerated me to draw more than I did…”  Marissa, Kindergarten



“The kids loved your presentations and have been talking about it for days…quoting Bob Dylan, “The highest purpose of art is to inspire.” Thank you for all the inspiration…” Amanda Getzen, Art Teacher

“It was wonderful having you as our guest speaker for  our Young Author Workshop. You exceeded our expectations. You worked wonderfully with our students and truly motivated them to write and illustrate… It has been an absolute pleasure working with you.” Debbie Schindler, Administrator

“Sincere appreciation for giving of your time to provide the most enjoyable experience of getting to know you. You were definitely a ‘hit’ with everyone! We look forward to a return engagement.” Mary Lou Willett, Teacher

“Again I found your sharing with the students a rich time for them to see a different perspective on the creation of literature for children. I thought the exercise was instructive as an indication that imagination can work in many ways, and that we all should be aware of the creative potential we already possess.” Dr. James Hedges, Professor/ Dept Head

“What a thrill it was for all of us to have the pleasure of meeting and sharing the entire day with you. Your slides, artwork, autographing and positive, caring personality made our day a tremendous success. As a result of our ‘bragging’ about you, several Turlock schools have contacted your publisher about having you attend their ‘Author’s Day’.” Marta Kyte, Principal



Selected comments following Sno-Isle Library System’s Summer Reading Program 2001 featuring R J Watson:

“Richard is a wonderful presenter. He relates so well to his audience and changes the program to fit. I especially was impressed with how easily he handled young audiences and disruptions.”

“I especially enjoyed Richard’s interaction with the children. It was obvious that he likes children and gets along well with them. He knows how to hold their attention. His drawing was wonderful. He is able to capture the essence of his subject in just a few quick strokes. His description of how he goes about creating the paintings for his books was also very good.”

“Richard was very relaxed and comfortable with both children and adults. He was very generous with his time before, during and after the main presentation. I heard so many wonderful comments about his program. The people of South Whidbey loved it!”


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