School Visits

 

 

Cost and Availability

My rates are reasonable, and travel expenses can be kept to a minimum with enough lead time. Whenever possible, I try to schedule multiple days in the same area so that schools can share travel expenses. (If you have special financial concerns, please don't hesitate to let me know.)

For information about available dates and my rates, please contact me by e-mail.

Talking to students at Springhurst Elementary School in Dobbs Ferry, New York

 

Number of Presentations

A full day visit includes up to four presentations. Each presentation can be different depending upon your needs. I am also happy to give an extra presentation to teachers or parents, before or after school. 

I am always willing to eat lunch (or share a snack) with students (sometimes this is a select group of student writers or simply students who are interested in meeting an author or sometimes students who have won some type of contest). Use your imagination and dream up an activity; I have done "Donuts with Deem," pizza parties...whatever it takes to give kids a memorable day.

I  schedule half day visits (one or two presentations) only in my local area (Tucson, Arizona). 

Lunch with students at Woodland Middle School in Gurnee, Illinois

 

Size of Audience
As a former college professor who taught reading, writing, and study skills, I am comfortable speaking to any size group.  However, smaller groups will probably benefit a little more from a presentation. The key to a good presentation is the amount of preparation the students have had before the visit. Even a very large group can benefit if they have been well-prepared.

Autographing a bulletin board at Fees Middle School in Tempe, Arizona

 

Preparation

Children who know about me or my books ahead of time will get much more out of the presentation. Students who have read one of my books will benefit the most. 

To help prepare students for a visit, I have posted two scavenger hunts. One is a website hunt; the other is a catalog hunt. Both may be used as is, or revised to better suit your purposes.  At Lounsberry Hollow, students who had the most correct answers were given an autographed copy of one of my books.

Study guides to help teachers introduce my nonfiction books are available. A teacher's guide for my novel, 3 NBs of Julian Drew, is also available. I'm happy to provide any other information that will help teachers or students get to know me in advance; just let me know what you need.

Intent listeners at Oakhill Day School in Gladstone, MIssouri

 

Follow-up
At the end of my presentation, I share my website address with children and ask them to visit it and, if they wish, write me. 

As you can see, my website has many things for children to read and think about, to reinforce my message about reading and writing. I also take a camera to my presentations. When possible, I post a few photos to my website (hopefully by the next day) as well as a letter to the children. This, I hope, keeps the experience fresh in children's minds.

Answering questions at Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland, New York

 

Book Sales
I am always happy to autograph books when I make a school visit. I don't sell books myself, but books can be ordered from your local supplier or from my publishers (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Enslow) who will offer a substantial discount when I make an appearance. I can provide you with contact information; please e-mail me for more information.

If you choose to offer my books for sale, it is helpful if you organize a pre-sale of my books to students and staff. Here are some suggestions for conducting a pre-sale. And here is a flyer (.pdf) that you can adapt for use in a pre-sale. 

 

 

Talking about mummies at Kennedy Middle School in Natick, Massachusetts

 

 

 
 

 

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