I also do author visits with my sister--author/illustrator Janet Stevens!
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Author Visit 2014-15 Calendar

During a full day school visit, I make three 45-60 minute presentations at one school. 
Promo Pictures: 1 2 3

 Pictures--Recent Trips

Author Visit Timeline


In each session I plan to:
 Author Visit Packet

 

focus on the importance of reading, writing, and storytelling

 

Awards and Reviews
Buying Books Info
Book Order Form for Students

   Bookmarks 1

share the experience of writing stories in collaboration with my sister and Dorothy

Bookmarks 2

Bookmarks 3
  

"perform" the books using power point, puppets, props, and skits to add visual interest

talk about the creative process

answer questions from students and teachers (if time permits)

low AV cart with 3 outlets (for my power point--I bring my own laptop and projector)

large projector screen

chair and 2 tables for props at the front of the room

water to drink
  lapel microphone (cordless) 

I have decided NOT to raise my honorarium for the upcoming school year.  It will remain for June 2013 through May 2014: 

 

Full day school visit: $1200 (3 presentations) plus expenses (transportation, lodging, meals) 

   

Convention / workshop speaker: $1200/ day plus expenses (transportation, lodging, meals)

The success of the visit hinges on how well the students are prepared. Familiarity with the books generates excitement and invites student participation during a presentation.  Involve the teachers by encouraging them to use the books in the classroom (see Teacher Tips). Classroom teacher attendance during each presentation is mandatory, as it insures effective follow-up discussions and activities as well as proper student behavior.  Please do not schedule presentations during "specials."   Reading and writing are seldom part of the PE, Art, and Music curriculum.

Most schools order books so that students can buy them and have them autographed during the visit. Link to the Book Order Form at the top of this page.  I will be happy to sign any books during break times. Please have a slip of paper or post-it note in each book with the name to be inscribed printed legibly. Unfortunately I cannot autograph slips of paper, t-shirts, hands.