Author Visits and Presentations
I’d love to visit your school or library!
In-person school author visits can be geared around any of my books. Older students can learn about biodiversity and get excited about planning their own eco-action project or school garden with help from my Green Earth Book Award title, THE STORY OF SEEDS. Or they can discover the recipe for research with a workshop focused on BEASTLY BRAINS or Crystal Kite award winner, SNIFFER DOGS.
Younger students can decide what they would pack for a trip around the world, like Nellie Bly, or they can listen to Junior Library Guild selection, PIZZA FOR THE QUEEN, and enjoy a pizza party!
I encourage students to find their own story and discover the joys of writing in classroom workshops and assembly programs. Teachers decide what format of presentation works best for their students.
It is meaningful for students to have the opportunity to read one or more of my books. I’ll help arrange a sale with a local bookstore for the school. Autographing is always available. I also love small group lunch time chats with students, if possible!
If an in-person visit is not available for your school, I do offer free short virtual author visits. Email me for more information.
In addition – I enjoy chatting about science with middle school and high school students and am happy to plan a side trip to visit a science class during my visit.
Find out more about writing, research, and revision from me at an SCBWI event, library conference or teacher professional development program. I would be pleased to speak to you about using nonfiction in your classroom setting. As the Regional Advisor of the Eastern NY SCBWI region, I give regular programs on nonfiction writing and children’s publishing. Please contact me by email to plan a presentation for your group or program.
Costs: Visits range from $250 for a library program to $1200 for a full day school visit with up to 6 sessions. Out of town expenses are additional. Talking with other school in your district or neighboring district can make visits much more affordable. Week-long residences are also available and would be discounted.
Sample Day and Programs:
9:15- 9:45 5th grade in the library — Sniffing Out a Good Story (Research is a treasure hunt and is useful for both fiction and nonfiction writing! – Ties in with Sniffer Dogs)
10:15 – 10:45 Grade 2 Around the World with Nellie Bly (Students discover a real person who followed her dream. Perfect for Women’s History Month)
11- 11:30 Grade 1 read Pizza for the Queen (The path of a picture book and a tasty read!)
12:00-12:30 Grade 3 Around the World with Nellie Bly
12:30 – 2:15 – Lunch/Book signing (I love having lunch with small groups of students!)
2:30-3 – Grade 4 – Sniffing Out a Good Story
Feb 8: BEASTLY BRAINS is released!
Feb 14: National Biodiversity Teach-In
Feb 25: Chatham Public Library BEASTLY BRAINS talk
May 6: Hudson Children’s Book Festival
May 20: NerdCampNJ
July : SCBWI LA Conference Faculty
February 27: The Story of Seeds book launch at Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck
April 22: Springfield Museum, Springfield, MA
May 6: NYS Library conference
May 7: Hudson Children’s Book Festival
May 17: Ichabod Crane Primary Author Night
May 21: Millbrook Literary Festival
June 11: B&N Colonie, NY
August 5: Hotchkiss Library, Sharon, CT
August 24: Northshire Bookstore
July 13, 2014: Sniffer Dogs book launch at Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck, NY
September 13, 2014: Sniffer Dogs event at Open Door Bookstore, Schenectady, NY
September 18, 2014: Flyleaf Books, North Carolina
September 19-21, 2014: SCBWI Conference, Charlotte, NC
September 27, 2014: SCBWI Shoptalk, Poughkeepsie, NY
September 27, 2014: Chatham Library, Chatham, NY
October 18, 2014: Market Block Books, Troy, NY – Come and meet DAD Alan!
November 1, 2014: Albany Book Festival, Albany, NY
November 15, 2014: Rochester Children’s Book Festival, Rochester, NY
May 2, 2015: Hudson Children’s Book Festival
June 30, 2015: Chatham Public Library
July 1, 2015: Schenectady Public Library
July 7, 2015: Stephentown Public Library
July 15, 2015: Voorheesville Public Library
September 24, 2015: Adult Program
October 13-14, 2015: Saratoga Public Schools
November 9-11, 2015: NYS Reading Association