Taking the Pain Out of Assembly Introductions

My brochure has my bio. My website has several versions. So I assume that hosts will mine those bio bits when they introduce me to the students before my assemblies. Wrong assumption. Usually, my hosts’ introductions consist of a long warning of how the kids must “be respectful” in assembly and the consequences if they […]

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Author Visit Worries

Even seasoned school visit presenters have moments of doubt, as do authors new to the circuit. Recently, when I did a presentation on author visits at the SCBWI North-Central California Spring Spirit Conference, the participants’ three major worries had to do with the content and pacing of their presentation, what fees to charge, and getting […]

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Be in Control of Your Author Visit Schedule

Here’s what I find surprising – when I hear seasoned authors start with these words, “I didn’t know until they sent me the schedule . . . “ The sentence is completed in any number of ways: “. . . that the host didn’t schedule lunch” “. . .has me addressing Pre-Ks and I write […]

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A Simple, Successful Grant Program for Author Visits

For most schools, the biggest obstacle to bringing in an author is money. But because they have been dedicated to connecting kids with authors for twenty years, the Simi Valley Friends of the Library in Simi Valley, California has established a grant program that removes a big chunk of that obstacle for local public elementary, […]

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Why Author Visits Matter: A Teacher-Librarian’s Love Letter

It came out of the blue — a love letter in Caroline Arnold’s in-box from a teacher-librarian for an author visit she had done 22 years ago! The letter knocked my socks off. So, with permission, I’m posting it for you here so you can see for yourself the impact an author visit can have […]

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Book Love During Read Across America Month and Beyond!

Laurie Cariker, Literacy Coach at Berylwood Elementary School in Simi Valley, California, knows that to grow readers, you need to get books into their hands. For Berylwood’s big kick-off for Read Across America month, Laurie throws open the doors of the multipurpose room where kids trade vouchers for books that she has collected all year […]

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Authors on Stage: Picking Up Performance Tips

Are you working on a new presentation? Or perhaps trying to beef up an old one? One of the best ways to get fresh ideas is to see authors and illustrators in action. And festival showcases are a perfect way to see many all in one spot in a single day. Case in point: on […]

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A Vibrant Author Visit Partnership: Giffen Memorial Elementary School & First Presbyterian Church of Albany

For years, various writing projects brought me to the New York State Museum on Madison Avenue in Albany, New York. Not once had I taken a left-hand turn onto Pearl Street on my way up the hill to the library. If I had, I would have bumped smack into Giffen Memorial Elementary School, a Title […]

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Example: School Visit Video

Here’s a 1:20 minute school visit promotional video by Tina Nichols Coury that promises a star-spangled presentation.

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