Book An Author Visit
A Thousand NO's - Growing Ideas
Programs for Kindergarten through Adults
A Thousand NO’s - Everyone has ideas! How do we work with others to make our ideas better than we ever could have expected? DJ engages kids around creativity and the very real experience of having someone say NO to your idea. Not only does DJ read his book A Thousand NO’s, but also discusses his journey to being an author, how he had to live the lesson of A Thousand NO's and work with others to change his original idea, and introduces creative exercises to be able to practice idea growing. It’s a fun and meaningful 45 min session on growth mindset and the power of wonderment!
"An author that all need to see, hear, and enjoy!"
"He was so kind, relatable, and inspiring.
He got us thinking and wondering!"
"He brings an energy to a virtual presentation that is not always easy and the students responded with full engagement!"
"DJ Corchin visited Lowellville Elementary virtually. Students K-6 were a captive audience as DJ told about his personal experiences and adventures in becoming an author. He read his book "A THOUSAND No's" through the voice of a writer, which opened the door for many follow-up activities by the teachers and families! He was so kind, relatable and inspiring. He got us thinking and wondering! An author that all need to see, hear and enjoy!"
Mary Ann Davis,
Literacy Coach, Lowellville Elementary School.
"DJ's virtual presentation to my fourth graders was inspiring and motivating for my students to hear. They could relate to the topics and enjoyed talking to a real author. A Thousand No's is a heartwarming book! The message his books display about contributing to the world and finding an outlet when you are feeling frustrated are topics the students could relate to. I loved how he told the students they didn't need permission to be anything they wanted, but that it could take practice to be good at what you decide. Four-star presentation!!!"
Catherine A. Maestri
Knox County Schools
Fourth Grade Teacher
Hardin Valley Elementary
"DJ Corchin was incredibly engaging with the students. He brings an energy to a virtual presentation that is not always easy and the students responded with full engagement! DJ's book A Thousand No's has a very relevant message for our students in today's virtual world. Often times students struggle to stay motivated and DJ's message challenged them to take those negative things in their world right now and find the positives! Our students particularly liked seeing the pages of DJ's books presented along with the process of how he wrote them. The early copies compared to the final products were awesome. DJ shared the story about talking to one of his favorite authors and said that he wanted to be a writer- but it was brought to his attention that he already was a writer. His phrase "Do What you Want to Be" showed the kids that what they do makes them be whatever it is they want to be! Our school can't wait to invite him back to share his stories with more students."
5th Grade Teacher