school visits

2023-24 Education Grants for Books, Author Visits, School Programs, Professional Development & More

Updated 2023   I love visiting schools and meeting librarians, teachers, and students. But many schools can’t afford author visits. In fact, many schools don’t have the budget for new books, enrichment programs, or professional development. That’s why I scoured resources and compiled this mega list of grants for schools and classrooms. There are plenty more… Read more »

School Visit Survey Results — Money, Process, and Uncomfortable Truths

Last fall (2023), in preparation for a conference presentation I was to give about the ins and outs of school visits, I made a late decision to gather concrete data that I could work into my content. I’m a sucker for information backed up by statistics, and I always strive to provide more than expected…. Read more »

Step-by-Step Guide to Organizing an Author Visit

Click to download a photo-free PDF of this article School author visits can be fun and enlightening, and studies have shown that they inspire students to read and write more. Meeting a “real live author” is like Dorothy pulling back the curtain to meet the Wizard behind the world of Oz. But organizing an event… Read more »

The Truth About Author Incomes

The more I visit with literacy gatekeepers, readers, and new children’s book writers, the more I hear the assumption that authors are wealthy.  In reality, after spending years honing their craft, often accumulating student loans for advanced degrees along the way, authors rarely make a living from the sale of their books—creations that can require… Read more »

Think School Visits Only Help the Students? Think Again!

Hello, friends! As I sit in my dining room on this cold and rainy Saturday, I am reflecting on the thirty-four schools that I have visited since mid-September. Yes, thirty four! Tomorrow, I leave for a full week of school visits in Houston, and more schools are on my calendar after that, so the number… Read more »

Everything You Want to Know About School Visits

My fellow NARRATIVE ARChaeology authors and I put together a series of articles about school visits. Below are direct links. Click here for Why Invite a Non-Fiction Author to Speak at Your School Click here for Getting the Most Out of Your School Visit Click here for The Truth About What Authors Earn Click here for How to Pay… Read more »

It’s Time for TLA 2017!

Next week brings the 2017 Texas Library Association conference in San Antonio, Texas. I look forward to the event every year. If you’ll be there, please find me and say hello. Below is my schedule. Stay tuned for more information about my latest co-venture with authors Cynthia Levinson and Susan Kralovansky, NARRATIVE ARChaeology: Teaching Kids… Read more »