SCHOOL AND LIBRARY WORKSHOPS

Suitable and customized for grades K-8, from 30 minutes to one hour depending on age of students:

* Like My Pajamas? A Writer’s Life
* Interactive Readers Theatre

* Setting as Character
* The Surprising Faces in Your Story
* Revision and Tips for How to Never, Ever Quit

Resources

Finding funding to bring an author to your school.

More funding opportunities through grants.

Creatve ways to bring an author to your school:

* Combine visits with another close by school. For example, an author will often do a half day at one school and a half day at another nearby and each school splits the cost of a full day.

* Crowdfunding is a popular way to raise money through organizations such as donorschoose.org. I give monthly to this for teachers who want to raise money for books and author visits to enhance their students experience.

* Most states have artist grants available. Check with your state library and speak to whomever is the school library consultant. 

* Buy copies of an author's books in bulk and sell before or during the visit and use the profits to fund the visit.

* Local public libraries often have funding available to bring in authors for local schools.

Just remember, the money is available, you just have to ask.

For authors wanting to learn about school visits, check out Kim Norman's super awesome site: Cool School Visits 

 

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6TH GRADE TEACHER REVIEW OF Swing Sideways"I am a sixth grade teacher and found myself not being able to put Swing Sideways down. I would long for a few spare moments in my day where I could continue to join Annie and California on one of their adventures, or see how Annie was fairing with her relationship with her mom that summer. This text, in the classroom, lends itself nicely to teach myriad literary skills to students: theme, figurative language, author's word choice, voice, power, direct vs. indirect characterization... the list could go on and on. My students would also benefit from reading this novel and then using it as a mentor text for writing their own personal narratives. Suffice it to say that Swing Sideways serves as an exciting literary experience and a beneficial teaching tool. This engaging novel will be well-liked by a variety of grade levels because the characters are flawed and the story is relatable."

Georgia Rules received a *starred review from ALA Booklist. 

". . . this book soars as it details the fractious and frustrating relationship between Maggie and her mother, and the way it makes Vermont, and its beauty throughout the seasons, a character of its own. Along with the many tender moments here—some occurring as Delilah softens thanks to the affections of the two young Parker girls—there is also determination and revelation, giving this more heft than usual for a middle- grade novel."

* One hour Skype visits $150, or $275 for two visits within the same school on the same day.
* Free 20 minute Skype book discussion visits with Q&A for classes who have already read one of my books. (Limited to two per month, please book early)

To schedule visits CONTACT: auntiebook@gmail.com or harper.appearances@gmail.com 

Presentations include Q&A, plus an after visit discussion guide for teachers or librarians to use with their students, which follows the Common Core State Standards for English Language, and includes: Discussion Overview for Georgia Rules; Character Analysis Activity; Figurative Language Lesson; Readers Theatre Script 

Click here to download my fifteen page School Visit Presentation Packet         

Click here to download a DISCUSSION GUIDE for SWING SIDEWAYS

2017 - 2018 RATES
* $1100 (plus some travel expenses) for full day which includes up to four sessions plus student lunch with the author and book signing. This cost can be split between two schools for half day visits on the same day. 
     * Wyoming and Vermont schools and libraries, please contact me for information on discounted in-state rates for Fall 2017.