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School Program

Author Melanie Burgess loves talking with children and introducing them to her new book, Stinky Owl.

Her program includes:


  • 45-50 minute powerpoint

  • Birds of prey featured at the Rocky Gap State Park Aviary.

  • True facts about the different birds of prey in the book, including facts about their diets, habitats, and special adaptations each bird may have.

  • Calls that each bird makes

  • A fun memory and a matching game for audience participation.  (for small groups)

Church or Christian School

Melanie will add a Godly and biblical view to her secular school program. She will talk with the children on the power of words. She will incorporate the idea that since God formed the universe with words, words are powerful and can build someone up or tear someone down. She will also share her story about trusting God for a creative idea, how God gave her the idea and the words for the story along with the ability to draw. She will share scripture, such as Jeremiah 29:11, with the children and talk about how God has a great plan for everyone to be successful.


School Pricing



Over 60 Miles


Long Distance


*If a school or library wish to purchase ‘Stinky Owl’, there will be a 25% discount on the cover price of $16.95.


About the Author

Melanie Burgess

Melanie Burgess, author and illustrator, is a graduate of Charis Bible College, a licensed minister, and mother of three children, Megan, Grace and Matthew. In 2014, she and her husband, David, moved from Colorado Springs back to Keyser, WV, where they are camp hosts at Rocky Gap State Park in Maryland. The aviary at the park inspired her first children’s book, Stinky Owl, and she is part of the Headline Books School Show Program.

Melanie was born in 1971 to David and Sandy Wade. She is the middle child with an older sister, Bethany and younger brother Kenny. She grew up in Westernport, MD. Rocky Gap State Park was a big part of Melanie's childhood. In 1978 the campground at the park was opened to the public. Melanie was 7 years old when her parents started taking the family to the park for fun filled camping trips. Over the next 8 years the summers were filled with frequent weekend trips to the campground and many times for a weeks vacation. Rocky Gap has given Melanie life long memories, which include swimming in the lake, playing volleyball with new friends., roasting marshmallows over the campfire, long hikes, and playing gin rummy late into the night with sounds of crickets, whipperwhills, and hoot owls. Rocky Gap has also given her a deep love for nature and wildlife.

Melanie would like to invite you to visit the Park's campground. While there, stop by A loop's camp host site to say hello and get your book signed!