I’m out-and-about today, visiting the Gombert Elementary School in Aurora, IL, sharing
my love of writing, reading and
All Things Children’s Book with this Indian Prairie School District’s third,
fourth and fifth graders.
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school visit has been in the works since early Fall, when Gayl Dasher Smith,
Gombert’s Library Media Center’s Director, first contacted me.
She had the opportunity to apply
for one of the district’s Artist-in-Residence grants and wanted to make sure I
could meet her expectations.
I share the
experience with our readers, (many of whom I know are teachers, librarians,
booksellers and community directors but also children’s book creators and/or
involved parents), because Gayl did everything absolutely right in initiating, organizing and orchestrating my
emails became phone conversations:
Would I consider talking with
some grades while overseeing hands-on project-specific classroom writing
workshops with others?
Was I open to teacher in-put?
Could I meet with students
perhaps over lunch?
What were my fees?
What was my availability?
What bookseller (if any) would
provide books for purchase?
Would I sign purchased books?
Could I make my out-of-print
books available and forward them pronto?
received word of the grant’s approval, she and I both worked out a doable day’s
Teachers met and shared their
Students read my books and
visited my website!
They brainstormed questions they
wanted me to answer.
We verified the train schedule,
okayed the audio-visual equipment, discussed the space in which I’d be
Finally last week Gayl answered
my few remaining questions.
words, readers: Gayl MAXIMIZED her district’s
Artist-in-Residence grant – and me! -
to the hilt.
back Friday, sharing photos – and - a few fourth graders’ original poems.
Perhaps you’re looking for a
children’s book creator to visit your
Check out SCBWI’s Speakers Directory.
Your local SCBWI Chapter might
also offer a Speakers Directory. Here’s Illinois’.
the AmberBrown Grant, in memory of the
beloved Paula Danziger, that funds a complete school visit by the author of the
school’s choice – if possible! The grant is a gem. Often the students
themselves complete the grant application, utilizing their persuasive writing
Smith’s expertise in arranging my Author Visit, I’m thinkingshe read Toni
Buzzeo’s and Jane Kurtz’s School Visit Bible, Terrific Connections with Authors, Illustrators and Storytellers.
Alexis O’Neill offers all sorts
of Golden School Visit Nuggets too at SchoolVisitExperts.comwww.schoolvisitexperts.com
hoping my 7:20 AM Metra train leaves Union Station on time today!