I ❤ school visits and book fairs! Please invite me -- write firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've spoken at schools in Alaska and Florida and lots of states in between. One of my passions is getting students fired up about reading and writing.
The ideal school visit? I like to address a big group of kids grades 3, 4, 5, and then also talk to middle school students. If your school is all-girls, let's do "FOR GIRLS ONLY" or "SEVENTH GRADE CONFIDENTIAL" (or "EIGHTH GRADE CONFIDENTIAL") and I'll talk as an author and advice columnist. It's fun too when students scribble questions on index cards ahead of time and I answer on stage. Spontaneous Qs and As are fine too. I like big crowds, but with small groups, I can do workshops or writing prompts. I can also talk to middle school parents about how to talk to kids about the tricky stuff. Skype visits are also possible. Ask me about setting one up. Sometimes stores and schools team up, as Politics & Prose did (see below), and it's great when schools distribute book order forms.
My fee? I still get tongue-tied about this. For $1500, I'm yours all day and will do three presentations and maybe lunch with chosen students or the newspaper editor--or a coffee with parents or eduacators. But you know what? Sometimes I speak pro-bono or can work within your budget--especially if you're in NYC and a walk or subway away, or if you want just half my day. Note: I need a microphone and I have a powerpoint...
Pssst, I'm often looking for an excuse to visit Denver, Dallas, D.C., Columbus, Atlanta, Sarasota, San Francisco, and Bozeman, so those might be a fast yes. And if you have a SPANISH or FRENCH Immersion School, I can present in español or français. Es verdad. C'est vrai. Le juro. Je vous jure. I've done it and it's extra fun for me and the kids.
A School Visit, Explained
Carol Reads from AVA AND TACO CAT
Fourth Grade 2015 at
Politics & Prose in DC
(short 'n' sweet)
Sixth Grade 2014 at
Center for Fiction NYC
Don't forget to order books for yourself or your library. And whenever possible, support local bookstores and "indies" when you host authors. A win-win!