The Sound of Silence just popped up on People Magazine's 12 Best Books of 2016!
as well as the wonderful NPR's Books of the Year List!
And The Boston Globe's Best Books of 2016!
and Huffington Post's Best Picture Books of the Year list!
We're thrilled by the beautiful reviews, like this one in Maria Popova's Brain Pickings,
As well as in the The Wall Street Journal, this stunning one in The Boston Globe
plus the four starred reviews from School Library Journal,
School Library Connection, a starred review and cover of The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
"An inviting tale that will stretch inquisitive and observant young minds."
The book is a Junior Library Guild Selection and was named by Minh Le at
The Huffington Post for best picture books in the first half of 2016.
"One of my absolute favorite books of the year, I'll tell anyone who will listen that The Sound of Silence is like a dharma talk led by Christopher Robin. Which is about as high a compliment as I can give."
You can find out more about me and the book in this interview by Roger Sutton at
The Horn Book and in
the Lowell Sun.
I love sharing this book with classrooms, museums, and festivals! It's a wonderful introduction to mindfulness, finding the silence within,
Japan, and even contemporary composition!
I offer writing workshops, interactive readings, and author talks for grades K-6, and for older students: a career workshop and a workshop called
Excavating Family Mythologies. I’ve taught at the Kingsley Montessori School, the Kikokushijo Academy,
the Writing Faculty, and at 826 Boston where I was the storyteller and ran workshops like this one
on Empathy and Mindfulness for MIT's Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values and WGBH.
Here are the workshops I offer for different ages. In designing them, I've been mindful of Common Core Standards.
Ages: Toddlers - 3rd Grade
We’ll start with a deep-listening exercise to explore and describe the sounds of the classroom (along with some surprise sounds!)
After an introduction to the idea of Japanese onomatopoetry, we’ll read the book, projected on screen, together.
After the reading we’ll listen again, this time identifying the silence that exists between sounds.
The Making of the Sound of Silence
Ages: 3rd Grade and Up
Using in-process drafts, Katrina will share the secrets to making a picture book, and will talk about the importance of rewriting.
She'll also share Julia's special in process illustrations.
Ages: 4th-6th Grade
Using the book as a springboard, we’ll discuss story structure and sensory details, pausing in the storytelling so students can write
their own detailed endings. Where do they find silence? Why is silence important? We’ll talk about techniques to describe the indescribable.
This presentation has a strong writing component that fits with Common Core Standards.
Meet The Author + Career Talk
Ages: Can be tailored for any age
Find out all the secrets behind THE SOUND OF SILENCE. Follow Yoshio’s journey through Tokyo in on-screen projections of the book
as Katrina Goldsaito reads and talks about her journey to becoming an author, the process of making the book, growing up multiracial and
Japanese, her father’s stories, her experiences in Japan and the famous contemporary composer Toru Takemitsu. She inspires creativity in
young aspiring authors, encouraging them to listen to the silence within them, and leaving them with advice on the importance of hard work,
imagination and the Japanese idea of ganbatte. Ends with a Q&A.
Excavating Family Mythologies
Ages: High-School, College, Adult
Stories that sprout from family mythologies and tradition are rich ground to begin work in fiction and non-fiction.
In her work for children, teens, and adults, Katrina Goldsaito begins with family stories. Through creative sprints,
we'll uncover family stories and work together to simplify and crystallize these stories into rich possibilities for books for
readers of all ages. We'll figure out what questions we need to answer to deepen these stories, and we’ll talk about why these stories,
the family stories that we return to again and again, are perfect touchstones to create work in fiction and nonfiction.
Ages: High-School, College, Adult
Within the Bay Area, SF
$750 for three 45 minute sessions in one location
$950 for four 45 minute sessions in one location
1 to 2 hours drive from Haight+Ashbury, SF.
$950 for three
$1200 for four
Add travel expenses (rental car + gas) and $35/driving hour
Full day with overnight stay, > 2 hours from San Francisco
$1425 for three or four presentations
Plus transportation, lodging and meal expenses. (These can often be shared between schools.)
$150 for Skype visits, 45 minutes
Katrina loves signing books for students (with her special red "hanko" stamp) and encourages booksales at all of her events.
It connects kids directly with the author and makes the visit even more special. Plus, or course, it supports the author and the
whole economy of book buying.
I'm committed to working with underserved schools. Let's chat to see what would work best for your school.
May 6th, 2017 11:30 am
Page Turn Festival
Oakland Children's Fairyland
July 9th, 2017 1:00 pm
Golden Gate Park Botanical Gardens
October 21st, 2017
Publishing Journey with Alvina Ling
March 17, 2017 5:00 pm
March 7, 2017 7:00 pm
November 22nd, 2016 7:00 pm
Picture Book Surgery
Haight Street Booksmith
November 26th, 2016
The Book Passage, Ferry Building
I've shared the book with folks at:
The Boston Book Festival
The Boston Children's Museum
Kid Quake, San Francisco
The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles
The Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park
The Boston Public Library
The Mixed Remixed Festival
Bank Street Books
Cambridge Book Bike
The Learning Project Elementary School
Kingsley Elementary School
King Open School
Hillside Elementary School
Girls' Inc., Lowell
The Lowell Community Health Center
The Lawrence School
LePort Montessori School