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School Visits with Tracey Campbell Pearson

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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 PresentationThe WorkshopClassroom Notes


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!
The workshops are most effective with grades 1-4, but kindergartners also enjoy the workshop and handle the process very well, as do older students.
I enjoy working with all ages!

Group Size

Presentation- Small and large groups, 50-150 students
Workshop- Small groups, up to 40 students

Program Length

Presentation- 45 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for questions-Less time for kindergarten and add 10 minutes for older students
Workshop- 30-40 minutes

A Typical Day Depends on the Needs of the School
Possible schedules include:

  • 2 large audience presentations followed by 2-3 workshops; or
  • 1 large audience presentation followed by 4 workshops; or
  • 3 small audience presentations and workshops; or
  • 3 large audience presentations one day,
    4-5 workshops the following day; or
  • 3 presentations without workshops; or

Talk to me about what will work for your school.

Contact me for a current fee schedule.



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.

Things to know about ordering books


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!


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