March 5, 2021-As we continue to answer your most asked questions this month, you’ll see that some of them are relevant to what is going on currently during the pandemic. These questions need to be discussed because we must find ways to connect with our readers using innovative ideas and technology. As the world opens up again, some things will never be the same as they were and we won’t know what those things are until much later. Here is the question of the day:
Q: “I’m getting discouraged with not being able to go into schools to read my new children’s book to students! How do I book speaking events for my book during the pandemic?”
A: This is a great question and I admire your tenacity to continue to get your book out there and into the hands of your readers even during a global crisis and to connect with them in a meaningful way. Thankfully we have lots of technological options when it comes to staying in touch virtually. I would say that you should approach each school individually, starting in your area, to see if you can schedule a Zoom/Google Hangouts/Microsoft Teams and even Facetime where you can read your book to the class and do the same things that you would do as if you were sitting in front of the students in a classroom. Be sure to have excellent discussion questions and show the teacher how much value you provide in terms of being a guest author. Perhaps you could even mail a signed copy of your book to the school for their library collection or you could send over digital files that the teacher could print to be used as colouring pages, word searches, or other reading activities that go with your book. Also, we are fortunate because technology allows us to connect with our readers globally! I’ve done virtual book readings for children in the United Kingdom, the US, and South America. The sky is the limit for reaching kids and their classrooms.
Personally, I think that if this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s not only to be grateful for what we have, to appreciate the little things (like visiting family, going out to dinner, and coffee dates with friends), but it’s also allowed us to get creative when it comes to connecting with others.
August 13, 2018- I do a lot of school visits as an author, and someone once asked me the question, “Do author visits make a difference in kids’ lives?” I took a second to think about that. “Yes, they do. And let me prove it to you.” More on this in a second.
I love, love, love going to schools as a visiting author with the opportunity to read my books to young people! It is such a unique and wonderful experience that no two schools are the same. I leave with a sense of gratitude for the young minds that allow me their attention for even a brief time and for the teachers and librarians that welcome me with open arms, into their schools and their spaces. The questions that the children ask are fun, funny, and sometimes very personal! But, enough about what we as authors get out of school visits, what do the children receive?
According to a recent study that was conducted in 2013, by California State University, children receive the following benefits from author school visits:
Author visits motivate children to read more. Kids passion for reading is ignited before, during, and after an author visit. They get excited about things that they can relate to such as an in-person visit from someone who is real! I often hear them say that they too want to be authors when they grow up.
Author visits inspire creativity and expression. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been to a school where the kids have created a comic book for me, complete with illustrations, or how many times they’ve created a poem or handmade card.
Author visits motivate children to write more. Children often hurry home after an author has visited their school because they’ve suddenly caught the writing bug. They want to write about anything, and everything, plus, author visits can also spark ideas to write about.
It is always beneficial to have an author visit your school! There are so many reasons why you should book a visit for the upcoming school year. Not only is it fun, but it’s also educational and entertaining.
I do in-person school visits, but I also offer live Skype visits and readings with schools that are abroad. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
I know that this is a bit behind schedule, but I thought that I’d post some upcoming events anyways!
Monday, February 12– Author Visit- I’m excited to present Deer Diary and Panda the Very Bad Cat to the JK to Grade 2 children at two schools in St. Catharines.
Thursday, February 15-Author Visit- I’ll be presenting Deer Diary and Panda the Very Bad Cat in the morning to some students, and then I’ll be attending a literacy event in the evening at another school. I know it’ll be an excellent event and I can’t wait to meet some eager readers.
Saturday, February 17-It’s a Family Affair Event-This event takes place in Burlington at 10 am until 4 pm, and I’ll be there signing copies of all of my books! Stop by and say hi if you’re in the area, I’d love to visit with you.
Friday, February 23-Author Visit-I’ll be presenting a publishing workshop to some students in senior grades seven and eight, and we’ll also be talking about character development and the mechanics of book creation!
Sunday, February 25– Meet the Author event at Nest- I’ll be signing copies of my books at Nest from 1-4 on Sunday, February 25th and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be invited! Robyn Allan is the owner of this fabulous store that supports artists from Hamilton and the surrounding area. Nest is located at 171 Locke St. South in Hamilton. Check out their site at nesthamilton.com.
Wednesday, February 28– Join me at the Terry Berry branch of the Hamilton Public Library as I present a publishing workshop to the Hamilton Mountain Writer’s Circle members from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm. A very special thank you to Professor Barry Gotlieb for the invitation!
March looks like it shaping up to be just as exciting! Stay tuned for upcoming events.
January 15, 2018– We love going back to school and reading to kids is one of our favourite things to do! Each interactive presentation is specifically geared to each class. There is a live reading of the book, a question and answer period, behind the scenes secrets of book writing, publication, idea generation, and of course, a whole host of additional surprises! If you would like more information about booking one of our authors to come and do a live presentation of their book at your school, we would be happy to help. Please use the contact information below to check availability, fees, and to have all of your questions answered. We hope to see you soon!
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November 28, 2017- I’m very happy to announce that school visits are in full swing for this year and into 2018. It has been an absolute pleasure to visit students in various schools to read them my book Deer Diary. I’m always inspired by what they have to say, and they often give me new and exciting ideas for upcoming books; This is precisely what happened during a school visit in Hamilton on Friday! The students wanted to know if next time, I could write a book about different woodland animals, as I had left out some of their favourites! When I asked them what animals they would like to see in the future, the answer was unanimous: They picked a wolf, a fox, and an owl! That being said, I’m thrilled to say that I’ve decided to write a sequel to Deer Diary with a whole new cast of characters that will include the animals that the students suggested. Of course, this means that I will dedicate Deer Diary 2 to the students of that school! Look for Deer Diary 2 in the summer of 2019:)
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