Who hasn't dreamed about having the ability to fly? Or wished they could turn invisible? Or wondered about having the strength to effortlessly lift a car? In this show we explore the myriad superpowers possessed by heroes and heroines of literature, but we also explore the realm of everyday heroes. Not just the soldiers, agents of law enforcement, and educators who work tirelessly to protect us and lift us up. But also the possibility that each and every one of us has inside of them the potential to be a hero every single day. Drawing from examples found in literature ranging from non-fiction biographies to Newbery winning fantasies we begin to realize that often times being a hero means just doing the right thing. Oh, and did I mention that there are hilarious puppets, mindblowing magic tricks, LOTS of audience participation, and non-stop laughter? I guess that sort of goes without saying.
Be sure to let your school counselor and your PTA/PTO programs coordinator know about this exciting show that makes character education and civic virtues fun and exciting while still reinforcing the pillars of character.
"The Know What You Need to Know Show!" is THE show if you
want to know what your students know and know what they NEED to know.
It's the only show where your students get the chance to
SHOW what they know, know where to grow, where the teachers
learn what seeds to sow, and the...alright, enough rhyming.
We literally turn your stage or library into a game show
set, complete with four, full-sized player positions
(adjustable for smaller players) with
buzzers and microphones, a host position with state of the
art computer system with remote control, and a dynamic
screen and projector system that allows everyone to see the
action as it happens and to participate in the game show
But what you really get is an incredibly fun way to
learn, practice test taking skills, review material, and
prepare for the challenges of the academic year. The
question banks, interactive portions, physical challenges,
video and audio segments, and team working activities are
all compartmentalized so that we can easily create the
game show your students need the most. Science? No problem.
Just Math? Sure. Overall academic review? Done. Maybe you just
want to remind the students that test taking doesn't HAVE to be
intimidating or boring. Whatever your goals, whatever grade
levels you work with (from 2nd - 12th), this show can be
structured to deliver. (FYI: If you have younger students
(PK-1) we can include a different program for them at no
additional charge. Just be sure to ask about this when you
Three years in the making and it is finally ready. Don't
worry, it was worth the wait.
A Tribute to Chris Van
This is another program we've been planning for
years and are proud to finally release. This show salutes one of
today's greatest children's writers and illustrators. Chris Van
Allsburg wrote Caldecott winners Jumanji, and The Polar Express
(both of which were also made into movies along with Zathura). But
Van Allsburg has provided much more than just a few great books that
have been made into enchanting movies. He is also an accomplished
sculptor, and has created a multitude of mysterious children's
books that are fun for children and adults as well.
In this exciting tribute to a great
American author and illustrator, we learn more about the
man behind the books, the movies, and the mysteries.
Discover hidden puzzles that he has included in each of
his almost 20 books that will have your young readers
eager to check out and study his works. Your students
will learn about elaboration, how to write a vivid and
compelling sentence, and all about author craft and
style using some of the best examples in the library.
The Wild West
The Wild West Reading
Show is guaranteed to have your kids
roaring with laughter
at the antics of Roosevelt Rat and David Hopperfield. The adventure
when David Hopperfield, (a puppet rabbit) is accidentally
back in time to 1845 (the year Texas became a state). Only by unlocking
secrets of the library will the audience be able to save the bunny.
children will laugh at the antics of
Rat (a puppet), and will be amazed as David Hopperfield the Magic Bunny
from the “time machine” and suddenly appears in an
photograph. They will remember getting to help draw the faces of
historical figures in Texas history
like Sam Houston and the notorious pirate Jean Lafitte. They will
remember when their drawings come to life and begin talking to them
voices from the past.
will learn how to “talk”
to people from
the past through biographies, how to learn about places all over the
through geography books, and how to travel through time using
novels and science fiction. And because they are INVOLVED in the magic
stories, the lessons will be retained.
Wild West Reading Program is
a lot of librarians. To ensure you don’t get left out, you
to book early.
This show is particularly popular in the spring time during rodeo
shows are laugh out loud fun! You skillfully blend magic, puppets, and
academics for an unforgettable show."
Director, Madisonville Co. Library
Want a great way to hook kids into reading? If so, I’ve got a
Imagine being able to get your entire student body
excited about all the things they can learn in the
library. Well, there's a not-so-secret agent available
do just that. You might have seen him in the past disguised as a cowboy and
telling kids about pirates’ treasure. But we have
information now that exposes this agent's true identity. And the show is called "TOP
This program takes a subject that kids find irresistible, in this case
agents and spy gadgets, combines it with magic, puppets, and humor and suddenly the kids are captivated.
When Julian has their attention the subtle teaching begins about
is possible through reading books. At the end of the show the kids are
presented with their very own “Secret Agent I.D.
which has a list of
their “Training Objectives”. These objectives are a
discussed in this program along with their Dewey Decimal numbers so the
can find the books in the library. How many of your students currently
around a list of Dewey Decimal numbers in their wallets? Kids who watch
programs do and they refer to them often as they try to read at least
book from each subject area.
an educator in an entertainer's disguise!"
Milton; Jasper Public Library
Color Your World:
Color Your World takes the serious
topic of diversity and presents it in
a fun and magical way. Your students will learn conflict resolution,
with bullying, and accepting differences. They'll learn about sign
Braille, and what it might be like to have different abilities and
The color of our skin, eyes, hair, and clothes make each of us unique.
religions, beliefs, customs, and diets may be different. We may
different holidays and even speak different languages. But, through
and tolerance, we can all live together even if we don't always agree.
This touching and heart-felt program is a GREAT way to kick off the
year by reminding students how to treat each other with respect. For
reason it is very popular in August and September (but great anytime
kids need to be reminded about these critical issues). If you are
in beginning the year with a program that sets the stage of
you may want to reserve your risk-free, no-obligation, cancel-anytime
at least 6 months in advance.
Like all of ours programs, Color Your World has a heavy emphasis on
reading and encourages children to further explore their diverse
interests through the many opportunities available in the library.
shows fill a niche that needed filling. The messages you present are
vital, but you don't just talk about it, you demonstrate it while the
entire audience - students and adults - have a ball. Keep up the good
work, you will be hearing from us again."
Humorous and Engaging Tour of
Julian Franklin and his wacky friends will be
taking your kids on
a wild (and imaginary) tour of their backyards, neighborhoods, and
parks. Through magic, puppetry and storytelling, this madcap group of
and feathered friends will teach your young readers about how to use
Scientific Process, coupled with the resources in the Media Center to
questions about their own environment.
Along the way everyone will learn interesting facts about the plants
animals that live among us everyday. From North America’s
the opossum, to color changing lizards, inventive birds, and animals and
that change forms.
Alternatively, the students learn about the importance of recycling and
they can begin simple steps to take ownership of their environment. Get
for another fun, educational, hilariously entertaining program that
have your kids racing for books and talking about the show months after
This program is VERY popular in April to celebrate Earth Day and to
motivate the students for TAKS.
PLEASE SPECIFY when booking whether you want the RECYCLING
version or THE SCIENTIFIC PROCESS version of this show.
learning fun. The students recall vocabulary words from the
presentation for weeks following."
--Sue Ensley; Morris
Elementary; Lake Worth ISD
Book Bash is another interactive educational reading assembly program
is part story time, part puppet show, part magic show and 100% fun!
is no better way to CELEBRATE READING than with this engaging
5th graders get just as involved in the program as PK? They can and they do when
the program is Book Bash! The children re-discover that
they can learn anything from reading books. They learn
how to do a magic trick, how to put on a puppet show,
how to tell a joke, and in the process they also learn
very specific reading strategies (comparing,
contrasting, predicting probable outcomes, inferring
meanings, and text-to-text / text-to-self /
Reward your young readers with something that is as fun as it is
You don't have to choose one or the other. Get the best of BOTH worlds
"Wonderful. Worth every dollar."
--Christine Neal; Jack Fields Elem. PTA
This holiday season treat the kids to a program
filled with puppets, magic, storytelling, music, and audience
This imaginary train ride magically takes kids around the world to
about winter holidays like: Diwali, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Lunar New Year,
Hanukkah and of course, Christmas.
Yes, the program is educationally significant (Our staff can't help
after almost a hundred years of combined classroom teaching experience,
are obsessed with creating the most educational programs available
compromising entertainment value), and yes, the program strongly
children to read. But don’t think for a minute that the show
less than sheer delight for everyone, including teachers and staff.
you hear the sleigh bell ring at the end of the show, you
be the only
one to wipe a tear from your eye.
This is a show children will remember for the rest of their lives.
teachers all have
requested to have you back, and it seems it will be a yearly visit. I
have never heard such words of approval about a school program from
students, teachers, and administrators. If I want to keep my job, I'd
better have you come back next year!"
Smith Elementary in Magnolia
is an opportunity you do not want to miss."
Vohs; Pugh Elementary in Houston
This hands-on workshop allows learners to handle wheels, pulleys,
wedges, incline planes and screws in a way that makes abstract concepts
(yes, the pun was intended!).
Julian comes in dressed as a construction worker,
the children from the audience are the ones who do the work.
Your tactile learners will come to life as they help figure out how to
a 50 pound bucket of rocks with a 5 pound weight, and why a wedge is
a handy tool. Using levers your youngest students will be able to
accomplish feats that NO human being can accomplish bare handed. This
a presentation that will be remembered and talked about for a VERY long
Teachers will have no problem tying lessons into the subjects taught.
because the program also promotes reading and media center resources,
is a program that everyone appreciates!
Throughout the program, the kids learn how simple machines help us
Smarter, Not Harder.”
is an excellent hand-on experience for students. This is a great way to
let children grasp the content using a variety of learning styles. It
is a great culminating activity for this unit or could be a super way
to introduce simple machines to your students."
Lead Teacher, Mimosa Elementary,
Check out this line-up! We have a team of all-stars this year who
want to share their favorite books with your young readers. Along
the way everyone will be learning a few things about exercising
bodies AND exercising brains!
If your readers love sports or if you want to reward with a
theme, then you have got to take advantage of "Learning: The Sport of
Characters include: our team captain Petey the Possom, Chester
(the tortoise from
"The Tortoise and the Hare"), Jack Rabbit (the puppet version), and of
Roosevelt Rat who always steals the show. Come meet all these players
their new team mates as they prepare for an all-star season! Because there are
so many puppets in this show, it appeals to children from pre-school
through 6th grade.
PLEASE SPECIFY when booking whether you want the FUN
REWARD version or THE RED RIBBON / HEALTHY CHOICES
version of this show.
excitement about learning and some students really need that increased
excitement, especially in math. The program was amazing and
informative. The students stayed right with you and even the slower
students were in engaged in the program."
Get Ready for another great adventure.
For older students (3rd grade+) this program covers the the Writing Process and how to use library and
center resources to improve student writing. Good readers make good
and the single most important thing we can do to help our students
their writing (including the writing portion of the STAAR test) is to give them
the tools they need. Using familiar stories Julian shows how easy it
can be to elaborate when you write using short cuts like similes,
adjectives, replacing boring words with interesting alternatives,
and dialog. The learn to infer when they read and to reciprocate
when they write.
For younger students (PK-2nd) this program covers how to CHOOSE a
great book from the library. Familiar authors, awarding winning
books, and sometimes just going out for a "treasure hunt". Even
young readers can practice their writing when they speak their
sentences. So even your youngest students will get to have some fun
as they re-write one of the stories they hear modifying it with
their own funny twists and details.
You do NOT have to specify which show you want. Julian will
alter his presentation based on the audience you bring in. The show
props are the same in both versions.
were a hit with the
students and impressed my principal. She specifically requested that I
let the other librarians in the district know about you which I was
planning on doing anyway. Many teachers sought me out to thank me for
bringing you and your program to our school."
--Ms. Black; Long
program is highly
entertaining and educational and sneaks in a Science lesson while
making the kids laugh out loud. It appeals to the younger kids AND the
pre-teens in the audience are still talking about how 'cool' it was."
This is a program developed specifically for 5-12 grade students. It
the abstract concepts of statistics, determining probability, and
fractions and presents them in a way that is compelling, exciting,
What are the odds of reaching into a shuffled deck of cards, grabbing
of them and having them be the four aces? First we calculate the
probability of such a feat and then one of YOUR STUDENTS comes up to
How many combinations exist for a shuffled deck of cards? Would you
that there are more combinations for a shuffled deck of cards than
are atoms in our entire galaxy? I'll prove it and then I'll do a trick
has even slimmer odds of success.
Statistics has never been this fun!
you have never
had a Julian Franklin Production at your school you have been missing
out on a great opportunity to both entertain and educate your students.
He is the best we have ever had at our school."
Stuchbery Elementary; Pasadena ISD
Pearson; Evelyn Meador Branch Library;