Hello, educators and librarians! I frequently get asked if I do school visits so I created this page as a way of saying yes! I love getting the opportunity to speak with young readers. Below you’ll find more information about my visits and rates.
I’m available to do half-day and full-day presentations. On occasion, I can do a multi-day visit, but I do have small children at home so I always try to be mindful of how much time I’m spending away from home. My presentations usually include a power-point presentation that will give students some general information about my childhood and teen years, how I got into writing, the publishing process, and my books. I also do a Q&A, which gives the students a chance to ask more about the topics that interest them the most. I always try to make my presentations interactive. Depending on the ages of your students, I’m happy to tailor the content to talk more in-depth about mental health issues (My Heart and Other Black Holes), immigrant and refugee experiences (Other Words For Home), empathy building and the importance of kindness (a major theme in all of my books and one of my favorite topics to chat about!), or some combination of all three. I also am happy to lead smaller groups of students in writing exercises and prompts.
For information about my rates, and to book a school visit, you can contact me at email@example.com. Thanks so much, and I look forward to speaking with your students!