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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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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Should Teachers Evaluate Authors’ Presentations?

When visiting schools, authors are educators. The only way to find out if we’re on the right track with our presentations is to get feedback through evaluations.

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5 Ways to Encourage Schools to Read Your Book Before Your Visit

It’s a no-brainer: before you visit a school, all the kids should’ve have heard or read your books. . . But — is it just me, or is this happening less and less? Here’s how to encourage schools to introduce your books to kids.

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Go Deeper: Multi-session Writing Workshops

If you’re like me, we do school visits that are typically one-shot, Big Events. For example, my visits typically involve doing large-group assemblies and smaller writing workshops for upper-grade kids all on the same day. But here’s something I’ve done recently that I love:  working with a single classroom in my local community over a […]

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Author Visit Survey

Dear Readers – Are you a published author and a member of SCBWI? I have a challenge for you. My goal is to get 1,000 teachers and librarians who have hosted author visits in the past to respond to a very brief Author Visit Survey at http://tinyurl.com/kzjnutv How can you help? Send a short personal message […]

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Weigh-In: Do Author Visits Make a Difference?

Do author visits make a difference in the lives of kids? We think they do. And at the end of this post, I encourage you to weigh-in with an example. Among writers, those who write for children are in a special category. We’re called on to motivate, inspire and educate students, not just to sell […]

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