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School Visits

Books that B.A.R.F. is an interactive writing workshop designed to spark creativity and improve writing skills.


I am a Children's Librarian with a Master of Library Science and BS in Public Health Education where I studied the art of creating and implementing educational programs. I have worked in both public and school libraries encouraging the love of books in young readers. 


Using my zany B.A.R.F. method students will create stories that have

- Believable characters

- Action

- Relatability

- Flow


FOR TEACHERS: Free B.A.R.F. poster download pdf 

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What teachers think about Book that B.A.R.F. 

"Jackie Kruzie gave my second grade students from Williams Elementary in Magnolia, Texas, such a fun and inspiring lesson on how to make books BARF. Her upbeat personality kept the students engaged, and the lesson really works! My students have books BARFing and they are loving it!" - Kari Stringer, Williams Elementary School 

"Jackie visited each of our school’s 3rd-5th grade classes, sharing a presentation about the writing process and her experience becoming a published author.  The children found the presentation engaging and continued to refer back to her visit during their work in writing workshops throughout the year." - Jamie Martin, Vista Academy 

4th grade visit

I am available for writing conferences, workshops, webinars, Twitter chats, and any other format used to inspire and inform kidlit creators. As a former SCBWI Regional Advisor I understand the value of a well honed presentation and have created three I feel will enhance chances of publication. I am also happy to create a presentation about any subject that would benefit kidlit creatives.
Writing STEM Picture Books 
The ins & outs of writing successful STEM picture books; what it is, what it isn't, and what sells.
Perfect Pitches & Bodacious Blurbs
An immersive workshop focused on perfecting one line pitches and powerful jacket blurbs even reluctant readers can't resist. 
Books that BARF
An informative and interactive picture book workshop designed to improve writing skills and help authors tighten their story and whittle word count.
A step-by-step guide to creating a sample work packet, landing jobs, and what to expect when working with publishers like Capstone who rely on WFH projects. 
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Writing Conferences

Library Conferences

I am available for library conferences, workshops, webinars, Twitter chats, and any other format used to aid in the continuing education of librarians. My easy to follow P.A.S.S. Approach is designed to help libraries create a welcoming environment for patrons who rely on Augmentative and Alternative Communication. As a parent of child who depends on AAC for daily communication, this project is near and dear to my heart. It is my goal to foster inclusivity and what better place to start than within the walls of the library where librarians are champions of open access. 
The P.A.S.S. Approach 
A step-by-step guide assisting librarians in serving patrons who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices. This approach has been featured in a publication by the American Library Association and endorsed by speech pathologists and other parents of AAC users.
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