School Visits with Tracey Campbell Pearson
An author's visit should get children excited about books and reading. I have been visiting schools since the early 1980's. I love making books and I enjoy working with children. However, those are not the only reasons I visit schools. I also want to plant a seed that tells the students that they are all artists and writers. Below is a description of my program and details on how to arrange a visit. I limit the number of visits that I do in a year and my schedule fills up quickly. Please contact me at least 6 months ahead of time.
My program has two parts. The first part is
a 45-minute presentation suitable for small or large audiences, plus 10
minutes for questions. This is usually followed by a 30-40 minute workshop
appropriate for smaller groups.
The presentation is best suited for grades K-4,
although I have also worked with 5th and 6th graders. I adapt my presentation
to the age of the audience. I have spoken to audiences that range from
2 months old to 80 years in the same group!
Presentation- Small and large groups, 50-150
Presentation- 45 minutes for presentation
plus 10 minutes for questions-Less time for kindergarten and add 10 minutes
for older students
Many schools have found it to be very rewarding for the children to have the opportunity to own a book written, illustrated and autographed by the visiting author. Most publishers make books available at a substantial discount for author appearance and signings. Some schools pass part or the entire "discount" on to families, which makes a paperback book quite affordable. Others use part or all of the proceeds for funding future author visits.
I am happy to autograph all books old and new with a signature and a drawing. TIME NEEDS TO BE SET ASIDE to do this, when it will not take away from my presentation or workshops. This can be done early or late in the day. The student should have the first name of the person for whom the book will be autographed written clearly on a piece of paper. When time is an issue, it is more efficient to have me sign the books quietly at a time set aside, without having the children waiting in line.
I BRING AUTOGRAPHED BOOKMARKS FOR ALL OF THE STUDENTS, so that everyone who is at my presentation gets an autograph!Print all school visit info (PDF)
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