Looking for an author to visit your school this fall?
Summer is finally almost finished, and school is back in session for many teachers and students. If you’re looking for an exciting and experienced author to come visit your school, you should contact Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini.
Kristin has spoken at schools in almost every state in the United States. She has authored many award-winning children’s books, including A Walk in the Rainforest, A Swim Through the Sea, A Fly in the Sky, Salamander Rain: A Lake and Pond Journal, Saguaro Moon: A Desert Journal and more.
Should you look for an author or an illustrator (or both) for your next author visit? Both have advantages:
Authors can read the stories they’ve written and talk about the writing and editing process, how they come up with ideas, and what it’s like to be an author.
Illustrators typically offer a slightly different presentation, often focusing on telling the stories using the visual elements they’ve created for the stories written by the authors of the books they’ve illustrated.
Some authors are also illustrators (see, for example, Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini). Author/illustrators can be fascinating people for students to meet, since they both write and create the visual elements of the books they author.
Some students respond better to writers, and some to illustrators. In the end, you should pick an author or illustrator who your students can appreciate and respect. Both authors and illustrators can provide valuable inspiration for your students. Just be sure to find a speaker who has experience relating to the children they’re hoping to inspire and you should have a successful author visit whether you select an author or an illustrator!
Have you hosted an author visit at your school? Do you want to host one?
Here are 5 tips for a successful author visit:
- Engage your students at least 2 weeks before the visit. Suggested activities include creating artwork that relates to the author’s books, writing student books and decorating classrooms.
- Make sure you exchange important contact information with the author before he or she arrives (cell phone, email, alternate phone numbers). This is particularly important if you are picking the author up from an airport.
- Make sure any special needs of the author are taken care of. You want them to be at their best when giving their presentations to your students.
- Check with some of the previous schools that an author has visited. You can often learn valuable information to ensure a good experience for both the author and your school.
- Encourage your students to think about good questions to ask before the presentation is given.
If you have any tips to share, please click on the Comments link and help others to have a good author visit.
AuthorVisits.com has all the information you need about bringing an author or illustrator to your school. Hosting a successful author visit doesn’t have to be scary or hard but knowing the basics can help quite a bit.
This site will help you to understand the process and how to select an author or illustrator who will inspire your students.
AuthorVisit.com is created by Gabriel Serafini — husband of award-winning environmental children’s book author and illustrator, Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini.