Author Visits

Please contact me to discuss how school visits and programs can be altered or even created to fit your group's needs. I primarily speak to groups in my local area of southeastern Pennsylvania, including parts of Delaware and Maryland. Schools, libraries, homeschooling, and private groups are welcome! If you are interested in booking an author visit with a limited budget, we can discuss it. 

Read FAQ here.
What can you expect? Check out these testimonials
Are school visits worth it? Consider this SLJ article.
Or check out this newspaper article which featured a 2018 author visit.

All programs (even assemblies) are interactive! They also meet the Next Generation Science Standards and/or Common Core State Standards. 

I also teach teachers! If your staff is interested in a hands-on workshop to help them teach nonfiction let me know. Learn more about my educators workshops. (It's often possible to schedule these after school the same day as an author visit or during an in-service.)

Children's Presentations

These large group programs are typically for school-aged children. 

Nonfiction: Facts Are Fun Grades 1-3
Annette shares with children the excitement and discovery process of nonfiction writing. Using her writing process as an example, she answers some of kids' big nonfiction questions. Where do ideas come from? How do you research? How does it become a book? Children catch the nonfiction excitement for themselves and learn cool stuff! 
The Write Way Grades 3-12, Educators
Nonfiction: Facts Are Fun
How does a writer create a story? Annette shares her tips for creating an interesting nonfiction story in this interactive program. Brainstorming, fact-finding, and writing are the beginning of a story, and revisions make it fantastic! (This is also available as a workshop for educators or as a multi-day classroom program.) 
Insects Make WHAT?! Grades 3-8
You know about honey and silk, but what else do we use and unknowingly eat from the things insects make? Insects play a big role in the products people use. Join Annette as she teaches about surprisingly useful insects and their hard, colorful, sweet, and soft products in this interactive children’s program including game show-style audience participation. 
Bugs and Blooms Grades K-3
Flowers make seeds and insects help them. Insects need the sweet nectar found in flowers. Flowers and insects are both necessary for people. Annette explores flowers and insects and how their design promotes pollination and interdependence. Groups of less than 25 can dissect flowers. Learn about the details of this program here.
Family Literacy Night
Annette is happy to present to large and/or small groups as part of your Family Literacy Night.
Laura Ingalls Wilder: Beyond the Prairie Girl Grades 3-Adult
Insects Make WHAT?!
Annette engages all generations in the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder as she discusses how the pioneer girl we read about in the Little House books became an author and  about the adult life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. (This is also a popular program for a multi-generational audience. See my adult programs, too.) 
Pioneer Childhood Grades 1-6
What was it like to be a child on the American frontier? Annette engages the audience about westward expansion, education, play, and home life for the pioneer children.

The audience for the programs can be flexible, but typically Insects Make WHAT?!, The Write Way, and Laura Ingalls Wilder tend to be for older students. Bugs and Blooms and Facts Are Fun are for younger audiences. Pioneer Childhood can be for either age group.

Children's Workshops (group size limited)

Writing Workshops- Nonfiction writing workshops available for small groups. (Grades PreK-High School)

Let's RockDig in to sand and soil! Use a microscope and magnifying glass to investigate bits of soil and sand. Learn the similarities and differences of soil and sand while learning about the rock cycle. Can be paired with a sand art activity.  (Grades 2-8)
Roller Coasters- Explore the physics of roller coasters and participants create miniature coasters. (Grades PreK-8)
Bridges- Learn about different types of bridges. Build beam and suspension bridges and test their strength. (Upper Elementary-Middle School)
Pioneer Life
Candle Dipping- Dip candles to keep and learn how pioneers made candles. (All ages)

Pioneer Life- Collect and identify garden vegetables, wash laundry using a washboard, and and play games to learn about pioneer life. An outdoor setting is preferred. (Grades PreK-6)
Before You Blog- This introductory program discusses blogging basics for those who want to create a blog and are unsure where to begin. Attendees are encouraged to use their passion to connect with their audience through the blog's niche, name, design, and more. (Middle School-Adult)

What can you expect? Check out these testimonials

2018-2019 LOCAL Author Visit and Speaking Fees

$300 for one presentation or workshop (very local only)
$550 for a half day of presentations and/or workshops 
     Up to 2.5 hours total and 2 regular (or 3 mini-sessions for preschool or kindergarten)
$975 for a full day of presentations and/or workshops 
     3-4 sessions, can include an evening program
     a fifth program may be added for an additional fee

Multi-day discounts available.
Talk to Annette about your budget.
Please contact Annette about pricing beyond her local area.

Local fees are for Annette's local area including parts of PA, DE, and MD through August 2019. Additional fees and travel expenses apply for nonlocal presentations.

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If you are an author or illustrator, visit Cool School Visits for some great advice regarding school visits.