I sure do! You’ll find author photos here and book cover images here.
There are many approaches that schools may take to getting author visits funded, such as raising money through book fairs, cooperating with local service organizations, and applying for grants.
One great example of the latter: Texas schools, libraries, and nonprofit organizations can apply for grant funding from the Texas Commission on the Arts to support an author visit by me.
Austin’s BookPeople often has signed copies in stock and available for shipping.
The books I’ve got coming out starting in 2021 include:
- How to Make a Book (About My Dog) (illustrated by Sarah Horne; Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing; October 5, 2021)
- Sister, Brother, Family: An American Childhood in Music (written by Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson; co-written by Chris Barton; illustrated by Kyung Eun Han; Doubleday Books for Young Readers; November 9, 2021)
- Moving Forward: From Space-Age Rides to Civil Rights Sit-Ins with Airman Alton Yates (illustrated by Steffi Walthall; Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster; January 11, 2022)
- Glitter Everywhere: Where It Came From, Where It’s Found & Where It’s Going (illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat; Charlesbridge; 2023)
I’m doing a school project based on one of your books — where can I find more information about the subject?
For further research, you might want to take a look at any sources mentioned at the back of my nonfiction books. You should also explore the “Read More” or “Other Links” section on my website page for whichever book of mine you’re interested in.
I can’t do that, but I can help you find someone who can. The Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators provides a listing of regional chapters, many of which coordinate critique groups for their local members.
From my own experiences learning the ropes of writing for children and young adults, I can say that some terrific resources for you would be:
- the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
- the latest edition of the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market
- author Cynthia Leitich Smith’s site
- editor Harold Underdown’s site
I often do, but typically only for organizations that I’m already personally affiliated with. If you think that your organization is one of these, you’re welcome to contact me.
Please direct all rights queries to my agent:
Erin Murphy Literary Agency
824 Roosevelt Trail #290
Windham, ME 04062
The wonderful Sarah Rehm — I highly recommend her.