What People are saying about Tanja’s programs?


Michele Bove, Reading Specialist, International Baccalaureate Coordinator, Primary & Middle Years Program, Estrella Mountain Elementary – Goodyear, AZ

Thank you for such a successful illustrator presentation!  The teacher’s loved the classroom visits, which were highlights for the kids. They were especially impressed that we had an illustrator presenting and that you go through the same process as writers!  The teachers loved having you and loved your presentation! It was a learning experience for the teachers as well as the kids.

I will be in touch again to schedule another presentation.


Michelle Bayer, PTO President, Pilgrim Lutheran School – Mesa, AZ

We so enjoyed having Tanja come to our school to present the book she illustrated, The Adventures of Salt and Soap in Grand Canyon, at our Family Reading Night.  She also shared her drawing skills with the children and how to go about illustrating a book.  We had a wide range of ages who attended and she put together a presentation that was able to engage the youngest preschooler.  She related so well with the students.  The students were excited to start illustrating the books they had been writing for a special project the entire school was doing.  We here so much about writing books and it was nice to learn more about the making of illustrations to help capture the imagination and add to the story.  Thank you so much, Tanja for all that you have done.


Sheri HH, Teacher, Kindergarten, Edu-Prize School – Gilbert, AZ

Thank you SO much for coming in last Friday and sharing your pictures and expertise with my class!  They really enjoyed it and learned so much.


Rachel DeHaan, Teacher, 1st Grade, Chandler Christian School – Chandler, AZ

I wanted to let you know that I am sending a copy of Salt & Soap along with your wonderful bookmarks to our First Grade penpals in Florida – could there be a better way to teach our Florida, humid climate dwellers, about life in the desert?  Of course, there will be some letter writing and sharing about meeting you.  Thank you for inspiring us and encouraging our students. Blessings!


Brenna Renaud, Teacher, 1st Grade, Gilbert Christian Schools – Gilbert, AZ

Thank you so much for the wonderful presentation. The class really enjoyed your wonderful information and they were so pleased that you read their stories with them.


Jen Robinson, Instructional Coach, Bustoz Elementary School – Tempe, AZ

“Thank you again for coming to Bustoz! The kids really enjoyed your talk and your artwork. There are a few more kids that are inspired by your work!

The biggest message they took away from your talk was that creating a book takes work! You must revise, revise, revise! What a great teaching point! “


Lindsey O’Brien, Teacher, 3rd/4th Grade, Edu-Prize School – Gilbert, AZ

“Tanja is such an incredibly talented illustrator. All of my students were fully engaged by her entire presentation.  Tanja has such a special way of presenting her many talents and skills as an illustrator, in addition to encouraging students to reach for the stars in their writing and illustrating. She truly WOW’d us and we cannot wait to have her back!!!”


Cynthia Achilles, Teacher, 4th Grade, Riggs Elementary – Gilbert, AZ

“You really touched a lot of kids.  Many of the teachers have commented that all their kids want to be illustrators.  Again, thank you for coming and sharing your special talent.”


Lorie Hantla, First Grade Teacher, Edu-Prize School – Gilbert AZ

“As I have launched the Writers Workshop with my students, it’s been such a pleasure to have Tanja Bauerle come and show the first graders how she, as an illustrator, incorporates what they have been learning into her work.

Before giving her presentation, Tanja and I chatted about what the focus for the writing lesson would be over the course of the next few weeks.  Building on my lesson plans, Tanja designed her time with the kids to complement what they had been learning.  For instance, when we were focusing on Telling Personal Stories and Experiences through Pictures, Mrs.  Bauerle showed the students her visual diary that she uses to record things that speak to her and that she uses for future reference.

Tanja also showed the students how she uses her images to elaborate in greater detail than what the words are saying. She showed a Power Point Presentation with examples of the power of an image by using simple photos. The children could see how they could use simple images to get the point across that even though the words are the same, the pictures can tell you something completely different.

The children really enjoyed seeing Mrs. Bauerle’s illustrations and learned how she overcomes obstacles when trying to draw “hard-to-make ideas”.  She showed us her rough drawings, thumbnails and the people in her family that she uses as models and visual references.  That was a lot of fun.

Finally, the kids learned to take a squiggly line and find the picture in it.  This activity was designed to help the kids overcome their fear of having to get the picture right the first time.  They thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and have carried this lesson with them since it was taught several months ago.”