Tammy has given numerous presentations in schools and libraries across Hawaii. She has presented at the 2000 Hawaii Island Writers Conference, the 2005 Read To Me Conference in Honolulu, the 2005 and 2006 SCBWI-Hawaii Annual Conferences and the 2007 Honolulu Writer's Conference. Her paintings are on display at the Mazza Museum in Findlay, Ohio.
Her presentations depend on the age and size of the audience, and usually last 40 minutes.
For pre-school children the program begins with a reading, followed by a brief drawing demonstration and a craft activity involving paper bag puppet and/or mask making.
Elementary school students are read to, then introduced to the world of publishing by the sharing of actual rough sketches, dummies and original artwork. Children of this age are often fascinated by the process of taking a manuscript and making it into a picture book, and editing and revision are stressed. The program ends with a drawing demonstration.
Another variation for students involves a writing exercise, where students learn the elements of story, starting with identification of a problem, characters and setting. We work together to write the introduction of the story, which Tammy then illustrates. This works well with children in grade 4 and up and in groups of less than 25 children.
In her presentations Tammy hopes to share her enthusiasm for reading, writing and illustrating and stresses how the basic elements of storytelling are present not only in books, but also in media the children perhaps had not thought about but are familiar with: music, movies, commercials and even video games.