Needs and Fees

Future author and presenter: an early interest in literacy.

What will I need when I visit your school?

Presentation space

Because my talks are highly interactive, I limit group size to a maximum of 60 students. That means the ideal presentation space is a classroom or a corner of the library. Kids can gather closely and sit on the floor, or bring chairs if they prefer.

Please do not put me in the gym or cafeteria. These large, echoing, sports-and-food related spaces make dialogue difficult and distraction guaranteed. A library or classroom is perfect. I’m happy to travel room to room.


I’ll need a swatch of light-colored butcher paper, and 5 or 6 feet of flat, horizontal space—whiteboard, wall, rolling blackboard—to tape it up. And that’s all! I provide all other materials.

Travel and Lodging

For appearances outside driving distance I’ll arrange travel and per diem in advance. Please note that I would much rather stay at a plain, clean, non-smoking motel than at a fancy B&B—save your money to hire another author-presenter!

Fees and funding

Don’t forget Title 1 and Title 9 programs as sources for funding author visits. Book festivals and, of course, your PTA, are often sources. To discuss fees, see Bio and Contact, above, or use contact form:


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