Find Courage – Read!
I adore my young readers and I’m enthusiastic about traveling across the US (and beyond!) to meet them.
I give inspirational talks on the power of books to help us find the strength we need to conquer whatever mountains stand before us.
You can often find me giving writing workshops and presentations to small groups of students in libraries and classrooms where we share from the heart. Or, you’ll see me giving large, motivating talks about overcoming adversity to assemblies of 250-450 students.
My most recent large talks include a whirlwind speaking tour with Scholastic Book Fairs in Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia, and the Special Needs Keynote speech at the University of South Carolina-Upstate Diversity Conference.
For an example of my talks for Scholastic Book Fairs, please visit my blog: (click here)
Ordering Books: Teachers and librarians interested in setting up a visit with me should go to this Random House Children’s Books information page to order books at a substantial discount.
Honorarium: I charge a $2,000 fee for a full day (up to three, one-hour talks), plus all travel expenses – flight, hotel accommodations (a 2-night stay is required for one day of school visits, etc.), meals, and the costs of getting to/from airports and to/from schools.)
Honorarium (plus hotel/flight reimbursement) is due on the day of the presentation. Additional expenses are due within 30 days of the visit.
AV Requirements: Each school must have an audio-visual expert on hand at all times to ensure the day runs smoothly, I will provide a PowerPoint presentation on a thumb drive. Schools provide laptop, screen, microphone, remote clicker, and podium.
Skype: I’m happily writing my next book and am unable to book Skype visits at this time. However, my blog is full of pictures and stories about me and my books. Feel free to visit! I also love to answer student letters and emails. Please enclose a SASE when writing to me at 14 Johnson Road, Foster, RI 02825.
If you’d like to talk more about scheduling a School Visit, please email me at email@example.com