Stacy’s visit to our school was a dream come true for our students.
— Ann Botel-Barnard, Language Arts Specialist Abington Friends School

 

Oh, how I adore elementary schools. The smell of potato wedges, the squeak of my sneakers on the linoleum tiles, and the bathrooms with their sinks (and toilets) that are just a little too low for me. Not to mention that I'm addicted to school supplies (so hide your crayons).

Options for Full-Day School Visits

Option 1: Three 45-Minute Presentations & Book Signing

  • Schools choose from seven different topics. Presentations can all be the same or we can mix it up.

  • My presentations are interactive and work in an auditorium, media center, or classroom.

  • Kids love getting signed books. A pre-sale arranged through your local bookstore works best.

Option 2: Two 45-Minute Presentations, One 30-Minute Custom Event & Book Signing

  • The custom event can be a small group writing workshop, lunch with the author, reading to pre-K or a special class, or we can brainstorm something unique for your school.

  • Schools choose from seven different topics. Presentations can all be the same or we can mix it up.

  • My presentations are interactive and work in an auditorium, media center, or classroom.

  • Kids love getting signed books. A pre-sale arranged through your local bookstore works best.

Pricing Information

I also love visiting libraries, high schools, book clubs, and air-conditioned summer camps.
And I'm available for Skype visits!


Presentations

  1. Roar! Dinosaurs! - This presentation is prehistoric fun. Kids learn about dinosaurs and the research that went into making The Dino Files series. There's a game show that challenges students and one brave teacher.
    Book Tie-In: The Dino Files
    Grades: K-3

  2. Being Brave: Super Powers Not Required - Imagine a child standing on the end of a diving board. She's nervous about jumping? Friends are chanting, "Jump, jump, jump." What is the brave thing to do? Jump or to say, "I'm not ready." We will talk about what it means to brave for kids each and every day.
    Book Tie-In: Brave, Beautiful, and Love
    Grades: K-2

  3. Our Universe - Our local star, friendly satellite, and the planet we all share have a lot to say. Let's explore our universe from 4.54 billion years ago up until today.
    Book Tie-In: Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years, Sun! One in a Billion, and Moon! Earth’s Best Friend
    Grades: K-2 or 3-5

  4. Research and Writing: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things - My research usually begins on Google or in the library, but then the world becomes my source. I'll give examples about how I research and take notes. Then we’ll discuss how to make our writing stronger. (Spolier Alert: it’s not with adjectives and adverbs.)
    Book Tie-In: All from Picture Books through Novels
    Grades: 4-5 or 6-8

  5. Miscalculations! - Go behind the scenes of my first middle grade novel. The journey will take us from idea to finished book with an emphasis on the research. Of course, we’ll be using lots of number to dig deep. 3.141592653…
    Book Tie-in: The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
    Grades: 3-5 or 6-8

  6. The End is Near! - Go behind the scenes of my second middle grade novel. We’ll go from idea, to research, to writing, to rewriting, and we’ll discuss what might be real threats to our planet. (A world-destroying asteroid is not likely!)
    Book Tie-in: The World Ends in April
    Grades: 3-5 and 6-8

  7. Favorite Funny Book - Kids always ask me if I have a favorite book (that I authored). The answer is NO. I love them all. But I like to hear which is readers’ favorites. In this presentation, we will read three of my funny picture books. I’ll share where the ideas came from and some of the struggles in writing silly books. Then we will crown one the FAVORITE!
    Book Tie-in: Max Explains Everything, Excellent Ed, and Mr. Fuzzbuster Knows He’s the Favorite
    Grades: K-2


20-MINUTE SKYPE Q&A
Free
Intended for a single class that has read one of the following:

  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

  • The World Ends in April (available 9/3)

  • The Dino Files

  • At least 3 Picture Books

Limited Availability. Please email to set up a time.



Testimonials

Stacy’s visit to our school- Abington Friends School - was a dream come true for our students. Our Lower School students had been reading and listening to The Dino File A Mysterious Egg and our younger students had been intrigued by both her picture books and listening to The Dino Files read aloud. Our students listened with big smiles as she read excerpts from her books and told her family’s story of their own trip to look for dinosaur fossils in Montana and how this trip inspired her writing. They loved hearing how and why she wrote her various picture books. Our students loved her books so much that they read or listened to the entire trilogy of The Dino Files and read her picture books again and again.
— Ann Botel-Barnard, Language Arts Specialist Abington Friends School
Thank you so much for Skyping with us today! The students loved it! It was great fun to get to know you and your books!
— Aimee Sommers, Library Paraprofessional
Our students LOVED Stacy’s presentation. She really gets them involved in the publishing a book process.
— Laurel Cash, Media Specialist Del Prado Elementary
Stacy is extremely entertaining, and interesting. I especially enjoyed the game show she put on! I also really love how she engaged the students when she spoke to them.
— Lisa Luongo, 2nd Grade Teacher Sunset Palms Elementary
Entertaining and educational! Our students loved the interactive game and are still singing the dinosaur stomp song.
— Holly Russ, Media Coordinator Rutherford College Elementary School
We so enjoyed having Stacy last school year that we were going to see if she was available again this year.
— Tina Heitman, Media Coordinator Davis Townsend Elementary
The K-2 students at Anderson Creek Primary loved having Stacy visit for our school-wide reading celebration! Her presentation shared personal family adventures and the stories behind her books. She encouraged the students to participate and kept our young readers engaged. Students are seeking out her books to check out from the media center and talking about the experience. A second grade student sums it up best, “You have amazing and cool stories. Can you please come back?”
— Susan Equils, Media Coordinator Anderson Creek Primary School

I like to talk to adults too. I'm available to speak on a panel or to lead a workshop.

  • My presentation, Engineering a Picture Book, shows writers how they can take an idea from "art to part" using the design cycle.

  • I can share my first-hand knowledge about writing picture books, finding an agent, and getting published. There is so much that books and websites don't tell you, but I will.