I love to do author visits. When I was little, and even into high school, I loved listening to
stories. I never thought I would become a teacher or a writer, the fact that I’m now blessed with the opportunity to combine my love of writing with speaking to and working for kids… it’s humbling. I’m
filled with gratitude for what I get to do every day. When I say that everyone should Dream Big and believe in their dreams and story, I’m drawing from personal experience. Even though I didn’t step into this particular chapter of my story
until my early 60s, it was undeniably worth the wait.
Author Visits & Materials: I currently offer two programs; 1. Discuss life of a writer and a lesson on writing picture books. 2. Reading and
signing of a specific title. I currently have seven books to choose from. I suggest one book at a time for a reading and signing.(see below) There are six picture books and one chapter book, but I
can add one or more of the others, based on the school’s preferences, and alter my presentation
Writing Program:$50.00 per class, $150.00 for a full
day, More than 50 miles:$50.00 travel fee
In my writing program with students, I tailor my message and presentation for all ages/grades – from elementary to college. As for group size, I’m extremely
flexible; I’ve worked with group sizes from 15 to 100, from one period to a full day. As for length of time, I suggest 40-50 minutes per session with a 10-minute break between each, for transition.
READING & SIGNING PROGRAMS:
As for teachers and children reading the book(s) prior to my coming, I encourage this (and we’ll happily donate a full set of books
signed and dedicated to your school, as soon as a visit is scheduled). It helps the students to know the stories, to think about and discuss them, so we can really dig in when I arrive. Also, I request the pre-selling and pre-signing of
books before I arrive, for two reasons: 1. This helps me determine how many books to ship ahead/bring with me to the visit; and 2. it frees up my time from signing on the day of the visit, allowing more time to work directly with the staff and students.
For every school I visit, we create a personalized pre-sell flyer for the school, in pdf format. This makes it easy for the school to make and distribute copies. A day or two before my visit, all we need is an email with a listing of how many books
have been pre-ordered, and to whom each book is to be dedicated. Then I can arrive with everything signed and ready to go.
Presentation Structure: I first work with the school
or organization to determine the book(s) I’ll be using during my visit. For the visit itself, if the school has a large projection screen and an A/V set-up that accommodates PowerPoint, I find that projecting the book(s) onto a big screen helps to better
engage a group of students. I highly encourage this for all groups, but especially those larger than 30. I begin by reading through the chosen book(s), pointing out images and text of relevance to the chosen presentation theme. Following the reading, I delve into the finer points of creating that book, often using interactive demonstrations with the students to keep thing fun and engaging. Finally, if/when time allows (or when asked to do so) I open everything up
to questions and comments.
One Last Note I’ve met some extraordinary teachers and administrators in this work. I have the utmost respect for the incredibly difficult job you tackle – with joy and dedication
– on a daily basis. I want to thank you for what you do. Please know there are many who love and admire you for it, myself very much included. If you are interested in a program at your school or district, please copy and paste the information
below and e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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R. W. Thompson Books
Book Inventory List
The Crystal Butterfly
Children’s Picture Book $10.95
Mrs. Mouse’s Christmas
Children’s Picture Book 10.95
Daydreaming, a Baseball Story Children’s
Picture Book 10.95
Icicle’s First Christmas Children’s
Picture Book 10.95
Icicle Flies (And Learns an Important Lesson) Picture book