I’ve visited schools across the country—from Brooklyn to San Francisco.
My style is fun, interactive, and educational.
I work with you to find out what kind of visit works best for your school or organization. I don’t use a canned presentation. I’ve learned that schools and classrooms have personalities of their own. Talking to young people is what I love most about being an author.
What happens when I visit your school?
Classes have their own personalities. Some are talkative. Others are quiet. Some have lots of questions. Others don’t. Some kids love to read. Others groan at every paragraph. I work best when I’m able to adapt to the students. I prefer interaction, lots of conversation, and a robust Q&A. We talk about my books. We talk about writing. We talk about revision. I genuinely love hanging out with young people.
What do Skype and life have in common?
An in-person visit is the ideal author experience for everyone. Unfortunately, schools are limited by their budgets and resources. In that case, Skype visits are a great solution! I’ve done many Skype visits and they’re always a blast. Skype visits are like life: fun and unpredictable. Sometimes the sound goes out and I can’t hear anything. Sometimes my face disappears. Sometimes only the third word comes through. But most of the time, all works well and we have lots of fun.
Books are powerful tools.
Bullying, otherness, acceptance, kindness, and empathy are common themes in my books. Many teachers, parents, and librarians use books as jumping-off points for difficult conversations. Growing up is hard. Kids need to know they aren’t alone. Books are powerful tools to encourage those conversations.