Praise for the Rock & Roll Literacy Show
"The Rock & Roll Literacy presentation captivated both the students and teachers. Sigmund gave our teachers and students valuable tips about the writing process, how to get ideas, and he connected it all with high-energy music that motivated and sustained the attention and engagement of the students as he shared." —Claxton Elementary School, Knoxville, Tennesse
"Thanks again for the excellent presentation yesterday - everyone was buzzing about it today! Many of the teachers tried the writing activities in the teachers’ resource package you sent, and at lunch they were raving about how engaged the kids were. One of our grade three boys even said to his teacher, ‘I’m hookin’ ya!’ Awesome." —Park Avenue Public School, Holland Landing, Ontario
"I've been getting hugs, high fives and thumbs-up all day due to your presentation. You have turned me into a McDiva! Any of the teachers I've spoken with were more than pleased with your presentation. Music, books, writing, sense of humor, crowd control, height...you were the complete package." —Cathy McDonald-Smith, Teacher-Librarian, Ormiston P.S.
"I have had nothing BUT amazing feedback about your visit. Both staff and students were really excited by your visit and EVERY one of your titles that we have in circulation are checked out! Amazing!!! I had a number of teachers tell me that they thought your presentation was the best author visit they had ever attended. They are hoping that you re-vamp your presentation often because they'd like to have you back again!" —Sara Kaufman, Teacher Librarian & Planning Teacher —LTO, Westminster Woods PS
"WOW! What an amazing presentation! I was so impressed. You had the kids engaged, as well as the staff. Thank you so very much for the entertaining and informative presentation. There was so much positive feedback today from kids and teachers. Teachers were sending me e-mails and stopping me in the hall to praise you. The music was great, the humor was great, the energy was great and the message was great. It was the best author presentation any of us had ever seen. Thank you for making it such an easy experience for myself and so funny, yet informative, for the kids. We were lucky to have you. I'm excited to get more of your books circulating in our library." —Sarah Justice, Eagle Ridge School, Ajax ON
"Wow! What a great presentation! I didn't know how you would keep such diverse age groups engaged at the same time, but it was wonderful. I had many kids come to me after school and tell me how much they enjoyed it...staff too! Again, thank you so much. I hope I have the opportunity to cross paths with you again. " —Laurie Orford, Teacher-Librarian, Mono Amaranth Public School, Orangeville, Ontario
"Just to let you know, we hosted Sigmund Brouwer's Rock and Roll Literacy event here at Carruthers yesterday with rave reviews!! He presented to our entire school—775 students and about half way through dismissed the younger students to talk about reading and writing with the older kids. It was a very lively, loud and fun presentation. He kept the entire audience rapt with his music and stories. I would highly recommend him, the kids are clamouring for his books :)" —Sandy Taylor, Teacher/Librarian/Site Manager, Carruthers Creek P.S.
"Thanks again for a great presentation yesterday! I am hearing great feedback and lots of requests for your books already. The best comment so far is, "I thought it was going to be boring 'cause it's an author. But he was really interesting! It was mostly music and talking about themes." The teachers said, "Fabulous!" We will definitely plan to have you back again when we have a new batch of students (the year after next) according to our principal, and in the meantime I'll spread the recommendation to other story-divas and ninjas who I know in the area." —Laura Gerber, Library Clerk, Sunnyside Sr. Public School
"Thank you again for a fantastic presentation today. The students here were raving about you all day. They loved listening to you! One grade one said 'thank you' to me for asking him to come! How cute is that!?" —Lora Langner, Teacher Librarian, Brechin Public School
"Thanks again for the wonderful day...really positive feedback for both the LA teachers and the students!" —Denise Bjorkman, Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarian and AR ZEALOT, F. G. Miller High School, Elk Point, Alberta
"Thanks, Sigmund. We really enjoyed the assembly, and the students are loving the new books. I am happy to continue to recommend the assembly to other schools in our district." —LeeAnn Kopsa, Librarian, Kootenai Elementary
"It was a great day!!! Thank you. I enjoyed meeting you and visiting after school. I hope you will make it back to WillaG. in the future. I will pass on to others what an amazing day you gave our kids." —Beth Saxon, Willagillespie School, Eugene, OR
"I have had so many good comments about your presentation. . .there is a boy that loved your presentation, and has since started to read much more than he ever did—apparently your comment about you not finding writing easy has really had an impact on him." —Elizabeth Ford, Teacher-Librarian, Margaret Donnelly Library, Crescent School, Toronto, ON
"Thank you so much for the amazing presentation last week. The kids are all asking for your books at the library. . .teachers have been telling me how great they thought your presentation was too—and how they especially appreciated all of the ways that you inspired them to write. Thank you, thank you, thank you!" —Cindy Galpin, Literacy/Library/SERT, Sharon Public School
"Hi Sigmund- I just wanted to thank you for an amazing presentation Friday. I heard great buzz about it afterwards. A few teachers said you were the best author we've had, and we have had many!" —Nadia Warriner, Holy Trinity School, Richmond Hill
"You were absolutely fantastic today. I cannot thank you enough for all the educational entertainment. We all loved your stories." —Vanessa Lutton, Bellevue Middle School, Nashville, TN
"Thanks for the pic and for the memorable presentation. You definitely lived up to the hype :) The kids haven't stopped asking me about your books! They are en route and will be flying off my shelf I'm sure." —Katerina Papanastasiou, Teacher-Librarian, Oakridge Junior Public School
"Just sending another HUGE thank you for the great presentation today...every staff member I've seen today (and it's only 9:55) is giving RAVE reviews on your visit. I heard so many wonderful things from staff & students about how entertaining you are and what a fun time we have whenever you're here." —Enza Notte, Teacher-Librarian, Allandale Heights P.S.
"You've been getting rave reviews here at Ryerson. Many thanks." —Martha Bere, Teacher-Librarian & Grade 3 Computer Support Teacher, Ryerson P.S.
"Just wanted to send a quick email thanking you again for the great presentation yesterday, and the bit of inspirational chat afterwards. I enjoyed it all thoroughly, and the kids are all telling me how great it was too. If you wouldn't mind sending me any info that I could post to the teacher conference, that would be fantastic!" —Jenn Weatherall, Library Clerk, Winston Churchill P.S.
"Thanks again for a fantastic presentation on Thursday. Every single person I asked told me how much they enjoyed it. By the way, you wouldn't believe how many hugs I got from the kids on Thursday and today to thank me for being a Story Diva and for bringing the presentation to our school. It was AWESOME!" —Margie Meakin, Librarian, St. Monica School
"I just wanted to let you know that we had Sigmund Brouwer out here to St. Tim's just a little over a week ago doing his Rock and Roll Literacy presentation. I would highly recommend him for grades 5 – 9. He talks about the difference between storytelling and the skill set required to write those stories. He motivates students to think about what actually captures someone's attention and what makes them want to know what happens next. With a wonderful blend of music, movie clips and talk, Sigmund Brouwer is definitely a dynamic presence." —Barbara MacDougall, Librarian, St. Timothy Jr./Sr. High School, Cochrane, Alberta
"Thank you again....even the parents were talking about your author visit because the kids went home excited. The teachers were greatly motivated to use your approach to writing. It was an uplifting event for all of us. Now to get the kids to stop calling me a Diva." —Fern Reirson, Teacher-Librarian, École Richard Secord School
"Thank you so much for a wonderful presentation. We all had a good time and the students were so pumped afterwards." —Cathy Meidinger, Library Technician/Educational Assist., Jackson Heights School, Edmonton, Alberta
"Just wanted to say what a pleasure it was to meet you and hear you speak to the students. It was wonderful!" —Cathy Longpre, Library Support Specialist, St. Paul Elementary School, Peterborough, Ontario
"Well the buzz around school is VERY positive from both staff and students. And I have been called the "Story Diva" several times already:) Hope I can live up to it! As I predicted, students are already in the library looking for your books! Great! Again, thank you for a fabulous presentation. I will definitely be spreading the word. Look forward to seeing you in Guelph again soon." —Carla Warnholtz, Westwood Public School, Teacher-Librarian/Primary Planning
"That was the best assembly I have ever been to!’ There was a huge buzz all around the campus as kids were so excited about your presentations yesterday! We had a mom who said her daughter was talking about you all last night into her ride to school this morning. All the teachers loved you!!! To say we had a wonderful time with you would be an underestimation. Now the middle schoolers are asking questions: ’Who was that Sigmund Brouwer everyone is talking about?’ If we want to plan a visit for you to talk with them, would we look for next year? When do you think you will be in Scottsdale again? We are a' clamoring!!!" —Debra Roumas, Media Specialist, Copper Ridge School, Scottsdale, AZ
"On behalf of myself and the rest of the staff at Innisfil Central, we would like to thank you for your engaging fun-filled presentation. It was such a great way to start off our literacy week. One of the Grade 8 girls said you are the best author to ever come to our school! Relating "story" to daydreaming and music was the hook!" —Gwen Dermott-Ainscough, Teacher-Librarian, Innisfil Central Public School
"I wanted to drop you a line to say thanks again for visiting us today. The kids were so excited and were asking how to download your books this afternoon. Teachers also raved about your presentation!" —Jessica Longthorne, Teacher Librarian/Literacy Coach, Alliston Union Public School, Alliston, ON
"The staff have been raving about your visit today and the students are still on an absolute high. I had staff and students coming to buy books and to have autographs signed all afternoon, even after you left! Thank you for providing such an outstanding, exciting and inspiring literary and musical event. I loved your workshop too, these are writing ideas that the students will take with them forever, and hopefully their teachers too. One of my Grade 5 teachers who has been here for ten years told me that yours was the best he has ever seen at our school!" —Gina (Brohm) Brown, OCT Teacher-Librarian, Angus Morrison E.S.
"Thank you for your fabulous presentation to our students! They thought that you were awesome (and the teachers did as well)! I'm sure you've heard this before, but I wanted to let you know anyway. We really LOVED it! " —Maureen Grice, Annunciation of Our Lord Catholic School, West Hamilton, ON
"Thanks so much again for presenting at our school. Everyone (staff and students) is still raving about it!!! ’Truly the best author presentation ever!’, they exclaim. I love my T-shirt and so do the kids! I am now the "Story Diva" to them. I checked the website and thank you for your support of librarians!" —Beverley Mayer, Teacher/Librarian/Technology Leader/Webmaster, Kedron Public School, Oshawa, ON
"A quick note to thank you for the fabulous presentation yesterday. The children are calling me "Book Diva" and I call them "Ninja Readers." Everyone in the school loved it and it's not easy making everyone happy." —Barb Taylor, Librarian, St. Boniface Elementary School
"I was thoroughly impressed with the presentation as a whole but exceptionally with Mr. Brouwer's enthusiasm and use of music to gain the enthusiasm of the students. His whole approach, explaining that when you listen to music it stirs emotions in you, added the extra benefit of relating to music curriculum while addressing the important topic of literacy. Thank you again for making this assembly a possibility." —Sharon Lucy, Bayside Middle School
"Thanks again for a wonderful presentation! We especially loved your message about "story" and messing with the teachers' heads! A grade 8 teacher actually used that expression to get them writing today and they loved it! She said they were totally pumped to "mess with her" and it really inspired them to write." —Carolyn Forde, Teacher Librarian, Ken Danby Public School
"Sigmund uses positive lyrics and emotion in music to connect to ALL age levels about literacy. It was evident that Sigmund had ignited the spirits of the Junior High at Penhold School at the close of his presentation when the students sang with all their might the theme song, "Rock the Boat." Sigmund makes you very aware that story happens in our lives and gives simple steps to get it down on paper. We were all inspired to read for the love of story. Youth and adults were lining up for his free hockey book sponsored by National Bank. Thank you for sending story home for families to enjoy." —Myra Binnendyk, Library Manager, Penhold & District Library
"Thanks again for the wonderful presentation you gave our students today. Teachers are raving and kids are asking about getting their hands on your books. It is so exciting to see kids and teachers charged up about reading and writing…students are coming up to me and asking about how do they get their name in the draw for your books...kids who do not normally lift their heads off their desks and acknowledge the teacher's existence. All heart warming stuff!!!!" —Wanda Nicol, King George School, Brandon, MB