If you are a teacher / librarian / conference organizer /parent /principal / lonely scientist at a remote Arctic research station and you're interested in having me for a school visit, just use the contact form to write to me to see if we can work out the details. Please include some info about your school, the grades you'd like me to speak to, and the dates you're considering.
I love to share my books, my process, and my journey from reluctant reader to eager author with students from Upper Elementary, Middle, and High School.
I give a fun, interactive talk to groups of any size.
I can also lead writing workshops for your students exploring character, setting the scene, and narrative structure (advanced).
Some Common Questions About My School Visits
Do you charge a fee for school visits?
I do, but I am happy to find ways to work within your budget. I try not to let $$$ prevent a visit from happening.
Is this program appropriate for all ages?
I do an inspiring and fun presentation about being an author and about my books for Upper Elementary students (3rd through 5th grade) and another for Middle School Students and another for High School students. I can also conduct writing workshops for any of the above age groups.
I tailor the event to fit your community's needs, so don't hesitate to ask how we can make my visit is right for your school.
How many times will you speak per day?
Three (or, in certain rare cases four if it’s absolutely necessary but it’s really hard to do four in a day so I try to avoid it. Seriously. But we can discuss).
How long are the presentations?
Plan on forty-five minutes to an hour for each presentation, depending on how extensive a question and answer period you have in mind. If you would like a writing workshop, plan on an hour.
How large can the groups be?
Any size you like! It's your event! You know your students, and you know the space you plan to use. Larger groups are no problem, small groups are fine too. For a writing workshop, however, please no more than 25 students.
How can we Prepare for your visit?
First off, Read!!
Share my books with your students. I find the visits are a lot more exciting for everyone if they've read some of my writing!
Watch book trailers, booktalk the books to the students. Additionally, projects like making banners and posters, illustrating their own book covers, and coming up with questions in advance can be helpful.
How can we purchase books for the visit?
It’s always best to go with a local bookstore or distributor, and Alex can help you get in touch with them in advance of the event.
Books can also be ordered at a discount directly from my publishers, Scholastic Books and Penguin Books for Young Readers.
Do you autograph books?
Yes I do! Time should be set aside in the schedule for autographing.