Kids (and their teachers and parents)

I am absolutely positively available for classroom visits!

It is my greatest pleasure to hang out with kids, and  I have a bunch of really fun/creative/ridiculous programs I’ve designed for a range of ages. (be warned that this sometimes involves a great deal of giggling and also some silly-hat-wearing, so if you are hat-phobic or have just had delicate oral surgery you should probably not attend).

I’m happy to meet with a small group for an intimate afternoon of writing exercises/workshops, charades, or cooking classes, but I’m equally pleased to embarrass myself in front of larger groups (in my pajamas, even), for readings or assemblies.  Once upon a time I wanted to be an actress, and nothing makes me happier than twirling, projecting, and singing show tunes at the drop of a hat.  I am widely known for my willingness to answer any question.

My most traditional “author visit” program is a talk (interactive, I promise) about how I began my writing at the age of eight. I share my story– as a writer, but also a person, and walk the kids through my journey, ending in a Q&A.  I promise this is LOTS OF FUN.  If you need testimonials, I’m happy to provide them.

I’d like to say that I’m happy to cultivate new programs to suit your students.  We are ALL different,  and some groups need something special, tailor-made. If you work with a population that has any special needs or wishes, email me and let me know.  I’ll put on my thinking cap!

I’m also in the process of working with educators to develop study guides for all of my books.  Please email me and request a guide!

And whether or not you are able to invite me for a visit, let me take this opportunity to say THANK YOU!  Thank you for teaching. You are doing the most important work there is. I bow down before your patience, dedication, and vision.