Help! What Do I Do with an Antsy Audience?

What do you do when audience behaviors distract during your presentation?

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Podcast: Evergreen School Visit Advice

Grab your earbuds and turn up your speakers for some “evergreen” school visit advice on getting gigs, setting fees, handling crowds and more.

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4 Ways to Make Librarians Love Your School Visit: Advice from Toni Buzzeo

Toni Buzzeo, award-winning author, librarian and educator, has been giving great advice to authors and illustrators even long before the publication of her book, Terrific Connections with Authors, Illustrators and Storytellers: Real Space and Virtual Links, co-authored with Jane Kurtz, in 1999. Read on to find out her expert suggestions for making terrific school visit […]

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How I Got Back Into the School Visit Game

Guest Post by Joanne Rocklin   “While I’d been gone . . . kids had been born who’d actually never seen an old-fashioned slide projector! I was riddled with anxiety.”  I hadn’t published for a few years, but if you love writing and it’s one of the few things you do well, eventually you go back […]

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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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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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Choosing Volunteers

  So, you’re facing 250 kids in an assembly.  You’ve asked a question.  Or you’ve invited volunteers to join you on-stage.  What’s the best way to choose respondents or participants?  Kids are all about fairness.  They want you to be equitable in your choices. So I try to make sure that I choose kids from […]

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6 Mistakes Authors Make in Assemblies

Mistake #1. Opening weakly Solution: Get attention! Invite the audience in immediately with a startling statement or image, a communal action (singing, chanting, clapping in rhythm) – anything that commands attention and shows the kids that the program is in your capable hands.   Mistake #2. Being unaware of audience reaction Solution: Learn to “read” […]

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Crowd Control: Special Issues

Let’s say you got the kids to settle down and your program started off with a bang. And then something happens. A kid throws up. A kid keeps talking with a classmate. A kid shouts out. Adults carry on conversations.  What do you do? I’ll give you some tips — but first, here’s a Very […]

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Crowd Control: Starting Your Program

There’s a buzz in the room.  Kids are excited to see you – to see each other – to be out of the classroom for something special. The kindergarteners are twisting around to talk with each other – some are stretched out on the floor.  Your time is limited, the classes have come late and you […]

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