Workshops - For Kids

“Dear Jana,

Thank you for taking the time to come to our school and read for our students. This was an extremely special day and the opportunity for our small children to meet someone who has a significant role in our community is an impressionable experience. To be able to hear your work is inspirational to our students…”

E. Neale, Principal
Pittsfield, MA

“I gave you 5***** stars because I really loved your stories and it was cool to hear how you came up with them. Jana, I loved your books!"

Kaitlyn, age 9, Kittridge School, Dalton, MA

Here are some letters from juniors from Mt. Greylock High School in Williamstown, MA after an author visit. The entire class had read Weeping Under This Same Moon.

"It was great to have you visit our class and I enjoyed the presentation you put together! It was so nice to put a face to the name and hear your reflection on your own story!"

"Your book was very interesting and inspiring. Seeing you and the pictures of Mei and her family made the book seem even more inspiring. Thank you."

"I found it very honorable that you stuck with that refugee program." 
From Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado. Jana was a presenter for 'Diversity Day' and Weeping Under This Same Moon was the featured book. Her talk was titled "Small Things With Great Love." Here are some reactions:

"I feel like I am a younger version of you (minus the terrible friends, thankfully.) You were so inspiring! Thank you!" ~Jacque

"Thank you so much for taking your time to share your story with us. It was so inspiring; you've inspired me not to give up on my dream and that there is always someone you can help." ~Elizabeth

"Your story makes me want to make a difference in the world." ~Sarah

"Thank you very much. It was a truly moving story with the capability to inspire people to act upon a greater cause." ~Chris

"Your work is definitely inspiring. I hope I can learn to do small things with great love." ~Brooke 

"Your words and story truly inspired me to jump start my life." ~Billy

"Jana, you were absolutely incredible! Thank you so much for coming! I loved your talk!" ~Missy Franklin, 5 Time Gold Medalist, 2012 London Olympics
We've never seen such writing as the day Piping & Penning came to our school.
It was simply magical!

Williamstown Elementary, Williamstown, MA

Dear Jana,

We so loved our conversation with you. Thank you for taking the time to share your story!  The students are so charged to take action and help others as a result of Weeping Under This Same Moon. They are currently researching different local volunteer organizations and one student even found a way to help refugees in Minnesota. He said he will be volunteering with his mom since 18 is minimum the age requirement.

Mrs. Schou and 4th and 5th grade students from Faithful Shepherd Catholic School in Eagan, MN