author • speaker • education consultant

Have you organised a guest author for book week?

Now taking bookings.
Book Week 20 – 26 August 2022.

Dreaming with eyes open…

As a guest author, online or onsite, Lisa will plan something special to suit your needs.

For Book Week 2022, Lisa offers:
• one-off presentations, Book Week themed
• a series of sessions, beginning before Book Week, building momentum for the occasion
• author webchats, where readers get to ask questions – she might even give you a sneaky peek inside her writer’s notebook
• Book Week packages that include copies of her book with free, comprehensive Teacher and Parent Notes

Sub-themes for Book Week 2022 include:
• Stepping into your own story.
• Listening to country as the first storyteller.
• Learning from your friends who help you along the way.

Click here for enquiries or bookings. Click here for CBCA Book Week Information.

About Lisa

As an author, speaker and education consultant, Lisa works with schools to improve literacy teaching and learning practices. Over the years, she has worked with thousands of students and teachers in Australia, America and beyond. She has a strong background in effective classroom teaching.

Lisa loves sharing stories, especially with young people. She believes that stories can strengthen empathy, connection and community. In fact, stories can change our world.

Lisa produced her own TV series, Writer’s Notebook, and co-hosted a weekly radio program, Stories, Songs and People’s Voices.

The natural next step for Lisa was to write a book, celebrating the power of storytelling. Billy Bobbarooni and the Mystery Words is that book, a middle-grade novel that weaves poems, riddles, short stories and other styles of writing throughout the narrative. It is the first book in the Billy Bobbarooni series.

Lisa is a member of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and is currently Vice President, Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA), Melbourne Local Council. She works with the ALEA Melbourne team to advocate ‘for a rich and coherent understanding of literacy among educators, children and their families, the media, and the community at large’.

She presents at conferences and events, entertaining and educating audiences with stories and anecdotes gathered during her long career in education.

Lisa is inspired by the strengths, creativity and potential of students and teachers everywhere. Her greatest wish is for all educators to deeply understand how authentic literacy practices strengthen connectedness and wellbeing in schools.

Books

Billy Bobbarooni and the Mystery Words
Billy Bobbarooni: Book 1

By Lisa Keskinen

‘A novel with a compelling mystery and a rich world, celebrating the power of storytelling and the spirit of community.’

Mystery, history, riddles and rhyme.
Will they crack the code or run out of time?

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  • A novel for readers 8+ years old
  • Rich vocabulary and themes
  • Fun and relatable
  • Great for reading comprehension and critical literacy discussions
  • Weaves poems, riddles, short stories and other styles of writing throughout the narrative
  • The first book in the Billy Bobbarooni series
  • 10% discount for orders of 6 or more – great for literature circles and classroom libraries

For more information or to buy now click here.

Teacher and Parent Notes

Drawing on her knowledge as a teacher and education consultant, Lisa has produced these Notes to use before, during and after reading Billy Bobbarooni and the Mystery Words.

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Designed for teachers, librarians, home-schooling communities and parents.

They include: 

  • A vocabulary list for each chapter
  • Information on themes and curriculum links
  • Discussion points with extracts from the story
  • Critical literacy questions
  • Engaging extension activities
  • Further learning reference links

For more information or to download teacher notes click here.

Services in Education

Lisa founded Lisa K Connections in 2003 with a vision to:

• provide high quality teacher professional development services
• inspire and encourage teachers to continually improve and develop their professional knowledge and skills
• improve the quality of teaching and learning practices in schools, therefore improving student outcomes
• model and demonstrate effective teaching and learning practices
• focus on whole school approaches to school improvement
• continually evaluate and improve the services provided
• work with joy and kindness
• enjoy the ride!

Lisa works with schools to plan and deliver high quality professional development programs that meet specific literacy needs. She is also available for special events, interviews, conferences, curriculum days, after school workshops and parent information evenings.

Connect with Lisa

For enquiries regarding availability, services or pricing, please use the contact form provided.