9 Ways to Get Teachers to Love Your Author Visit

What qualities do teachers look for in a visiting author? I decided to go to the source! I asked public school teacher and children’s author, Rebecca Langston-George, for advice. Rebecca is a past president of the Kern County Reading Association, host of the Young Authors’ Fair, which is, in my opinion, one of the best-run […]

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4th of July School Visit Lessons from Dad

  It dawned on me the other day that so much of what I learned about doing school visits, I learned from my dad – on the 4th of July. And this was years before I even thought about becoming a children’s book writer. I grew up in Wakefield, Massachusetts on a dead-end street with […]

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Proposing Sessions at Conferences

I love going to conferences.Reading. Library. Social Studies. As an author, it’s the best way to meet dedicated teachers, librarians and decision-makers. Sometimes, invitations are sent my way. For example, last week, I presented workshops at a summer literacy workshop for K-12 educators sponsored by the California Reading and Literature Project at California Lutheran University. […]

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5 Things I’ve Learned About Doing School Visits: Kim Norman

School visit season is over. Summer vacation is here. But keep your brain humming! Summer is a great time to reflect on what worked well for you last year and to think ahead to what you can implement in the next school year.  Here’s some advice from author and school visit expert, Kim Norman. 1. […]

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When a Volunteer Freezes

 So, this kid waves his arm frantically. He is volunteering to come to the front of the school assembly to help out. I call on him and he pops to the front of the room. I put glasses on him as a costume. He turns to the audience – and freezes. There is no moving […]

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Signature Openings

Even outgoing authors get butterflies before school assemblies or other presentations. A little anxiety is a good thing! But don’t let nervousness to derail the rest of your presentation.One way to avoid this is by having a signature opening.  A signature opening means that you choose specific way to begin each presentation. Since the opening […]

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Scoping Out a School

Before I visit a school, I explore the school’s website try to find out as much as I can such as Location & directions (obviously) School mascot School colors Upcoming special events Total population Minority population Number of classes per grade level   This information gives me a feel for the approximate sizes of the […]

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4 Tips for Book Festival Presentations

Book festivals offer big challenges to authors and illustrators when it comes to keeping the crowd focused and engaged in your presentation. In school assemblies, you’re confident that the kids have a collective understanding of the school’s rules and are grouped by age. You can use a PowerPoint presentation to great effect. But book festivals […]

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Focus Your Gig-Getting Energies in the New Year

The number one question authors who want to do more school visits ask me is “How can I get more gigs?” The simple answer is this: participate in activities where you are most likely to meet the people who are in a position to hire you. These people usually include librarians, teachers and teaching specialists, […]

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ASK ALEXIS: How Should I Shape My Workshop for Students?

  My email inbox sees a steady stream of authors asking for advice on how to handle specific school visit situations. Since these concerns are the concerns of many, I thought I’d do a little “Dear Abby” here and post the question and my response in case this might help you, too.  Dear Alexis, I […]

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