Fun Facts 1. When Janet Wong was Director of Labor Relations for Universal Studios Hollywood, she once investigated a tram accident by personally driving a tram through a rotating ice tunnel—and having the same accident as the tram driver.
2. Janet’s favorite food is noodles.
3. Janet has a collection of carnivorous plants—flies, beware!
Janet Wong Author
Recent Titles Declaration of Interdependence: Poems for an Election Year (PoetrySuitcase), Me and Rolly Maloo (Charlesbridge), Minn and Jake’s Almost Terrible Summer (Foster/FSG), The Dumpster Diver (Candlewick)
Presentations Assemblies Assembly #1: Finding the Author Within Yourself Janet has spoken at the White House, appeared on Oprah, and published more than 20 books with Simon& Schuster, FSG, HMHarcourt, and other publishers, but her proudest accomplishments are the e-books that she published herself last year, Once Upon A Tiger, the PoetryTagTime series, and Declaration of Interdependence. In this session, Janet will inspire students to find the author within themselves, as she discusses her career switch from lawyer to author and explains how traditional publishing is giving way to e-books that students can publish themselves.
Assembly #2: Janet Wong’s Poetry Suitcase Janet Wong’s Poetry Suitcase technique pairs poems with props in a fun and fast-paced presentation that honors family stories.
Workshops Writing Workshop #1: Writing aboutFamily Janet encourages children to write metaphor and simile poems as gifts to family members, transforming mothers into flowers, aunts into candy bars, fathers into compasses, and more.
Writing Workshop #2: Writing about Politics Using her poems in Declaration of Interdependence: Poems for an Election Year, Janet guides children to come up with their own poems about liberty, free speech, and voting.
Accolades “Your energy, expertise, and joyous attitude enriched us all!” --Marianne Richardson, The Heritage School in Newnan, GA (where Janet worked with preK through 12th grade)
“I would heartily recommend Janet for any school, but especially if you have a need for some ‘ethnic diversity’ . . . Her poetry touched many of our students and teachers, but particularly one of our Korean teachers, who shared with me that she noted several things among the poems that only someone raised Korean would recognize, and those connections were very meaningful to her.” –Joanne Ladewig, Lawrence Elementary in Garden Grove, CA (K-5)
For more information about Janet, her books, or presentations, visit www.JanetWong.com