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Author Visits

Nonfiction author Annette Whipple provides author visits to celebrate curiosity and excite children about reading and writing. She designs her programs to meet curriculum standards while providing unique programs for each group. 


An author visit, both in-person and virtually, promotes literacy. Annette loves to share the joys--and challenges--of reading and writing. Annette adapts her programs for the age of the audience. A presentation for second graders is different than a presentation on the same topic for sixth graders. Annette can also adapt the focus of a program to meet a group's needs. 

Annette offers both in-person and virtual visits to schools, libraries, conferences, and private groups. 


She also provides professional development workshops for educators and presentations for writing conferences. Annette lives in Pennsylvania (very close to Maryland and Delaware) and is willing to travel for author presentations. 

Please contact Annette to discuss how school visits and programs can be altered or even created to fit your group's needs. Schools, libraries, homeschooling, conferences, and private groups are welcome! 

Scroll down to see Annette's most popular author visit programs. Contact Annette to discuss how she can best meet your group's needs.


Check Out Annette's Book Chat Video

Learn about Annette's Virtual Author Visits

Learn about Annette's Professional Development 
for Educators and Writers

In-Person Author Visits

These programs are typically for school-aged children. Most can be adapted to virtual visits. You are also welcome to suggest different programming.

Large Group Presentations
Celebrate Curiosity Grades 3 and up (adaptable for younger grades)
Asking questions leads to more thinking and better writing. In this program, Annette guides students to celebrate their personal curiosity and become myth busters as they focus on the research process. students examine some myths and find the truth. Annette encourages students to celebrate their curiosity about science and history in this interactive program while sharing the importance of research. 
Whooo Knew? Q&A Writing Grades 2 and up
Annette shares her writing process and leads groups (small or large) to begin brainstorming about a favorite animal topic. 
Nonfiction: Facts Are Fun Grades K-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 and up, Educators
Nonfiction: Facts Are Fun author visit
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. Revisions make it fantastic! (A companion professional development workshop is also available. It's also highly successful as a multi-day classroom program.) 
Insects Make WHAT?! Grades 3 and up
You know about honey and silk, but what else do we use that 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. 
Laura and Wilbur Grades 2-6
Laura Ingalls Wilder and Wilbur Wright were born in the same year of 1867. Annette helps students connect how Laura and Wilbur went on to do big things that began with their childhoods and still influence us today.
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
Laura Ingalls Wilder: Beyond the Prairie Girl Grades 3 and up 
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.)
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.
Learn to Read, Love to Read (Family literacy for parents)
We want our children to read for fun and not just for school. Learn how to choose books to interest your child, as well as practical and creative ideas to foster the fun of reading with your children. Help your child read for the joy of reading. 
Family Literacy Night
Annette is happy to present to large and/or small groups of mixed ages as part of your Family Literacy Night. Each program is unique to meet the needs of the hosting community.

Small Group Workshops
Whooo Knew? Q&A Writing Grades 2-4
Annette shares her writing process and leads a classroom to begin brainstorming about a favorite animal topic.
Proofreading Workshop Grades 3-12
In this classroom workshop, Annette discusses her own proofreading process along with tips for students who already have completed a first draft. Annette guides students through several proofreading activities. Ideally this proofreading workshop includes two 45 minute sessions. 
Insects Make WHAT?! author visit
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.

Read FAQ here.
What can you expect? Check out these testimonials 
Are school visits worth it? Consider this SLJ article.
Poor school? Small school? You can have an author visit, too
Or check out this newspaper article which featured one of my author visits.

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

I also teach teachers with hands-on professional development workshops. Learn more about my educator workshops(It's often possible to schedule these after school the same day as an author visit or during an in-service.) 

CLICK to download a brochure!

Virtual Visits

Though I would prefer to be with your students at your school, I'm perfectly happy to engage your students wherever they are from my home. Please know all virtual visits cost significantly less than in-person author visits. Most of my programs can be adapted to the screen. I work hard to make sure students are engaged virtually. I'm happy to work on the platform of your choosing. 

Click here to learn about my virtual author visits focusing on nonfiction or virtual professional development.

When Contacting Annette Whipple about Author Visits...

When you first contact Annette, it's helpful for her to know the following, though you might not have all the answers yet. 
• Preference for an in-person or virtual and preferred platform(s)
• Name and address of the school
• Grades you would like included in the author visit
• Approximate number of children in each session
• If you need to discuss budget
• Helpful details 
     - Do you want every student to see Annette or just a few classes?
     - Do you want a half or full-day author visit? (Single programs are for very local schools or virtual programs only.)
     - Mention if you're interested in professional development for staff or a family literacy night. 

2020-2021 Author Visit Fees for Schools 

Please talk to me about your budget concerns. 
I've been able to work with schools with smaller budgets.
 Contact me about pricing for private and homeschool groups.
In-Person Pricing
$700
 preferred for a half day of local presentations and/or workshops 
     2 sessions (or 3 mini-sessions for preschool or kindergarten)
$1,100 preferred for a full day of local presentations and/or workshops 
     3 sessions (sometime 4 sessions for K-1)
     Another program may be added for an additional fee.
Single programs are available for those very local to Oxford, PA.

Virtual Pricing

Once again, please talk to me about your budget concerns. My preferred virtual rates are first 45 minutes for $150. Each additional half hour $50. We can chat about full-day and multi-day author visit fees, too.

Multi-day discounts available for in-person and virtual author visits. 


Travel expenses can be shared between schools when booked on consecutive days.
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 non-local presentations from Oxford, Pennsylvania.


Download a brochure HERE

Children's Workshops (group size limited)

Writing Workshops (Grades PreK-High School, also see programs for writers and teachers)
Roller Coasters (Grades PreK-8)
Bridges (Upper Elementary-Middle School)
Pioneer Life
Candle Dipping (All ages)



Pioneer Life (Grades PreK-6)
Before You Blog (Middle School-Adult)

If you are an author or illustrator, visit Cool School Visits for some great advice regarding school visits or meet some regional authors with the KidLit Authors Club