Details

  • I typically make in-person author visits to around 100 campuses per year, sharing my books and know-how with students of all ages. My connecting with these audiences engages, informs, and inspires them while supporting and reinforcing the work of their teachers.

  • Now I’m offering customized video presentations that I can securely share with schools from a distance, and which will work whether your students are back together in physical classrooms or continuing to learn from home on their own schedules.

  • My fees can depend on number of days booked, presentations per day, and distance traveled. For details about programs, costs, and benefits, please contact me.

  • Need More? If your event or school district needs multiple authors, you can make your budget go further by booking both me and my wife, Jennifer Ziegler. She teaches writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the author of novels for tweens (the Brewster Triplets series) and teens (How Not to Be Popular).

Watch videos of me in action herehere, and here.

Feedback from my recent hosts

He was very engaging. I liked that he talked about never giving up.

Chris took special care to really interact with the students.

The communication was easy and stress-free.

Kids were excited to meet him in person

Chris was very clear as to what he needed to make the visit run smoothly.

I loved the way both the writing process and the love of books were emphasized.

My teachers thought it was an amazing use of time!

My students loved it and are all dying to read every book.

My administration said she heard great things and was pleased.

I always received immediate responses and the pre-planning was great!

Loved the discussion about how each child has a talent to develop.

The students loved hearing him read his own book.

Inquire about a visit

Have a question or want to check my availability? Please fill out the form below.

If you already have a particular book, date, audience, or objective in mind for my visit, please let me know. If not, no worries — we’ll figure that out together.

Thank you!

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Tips for better author visits

In my experience, there are three things schools can do that generally make author visits better experiences for their students:

  • Prepare the kids — and their teachers. When faculty members are present — in every respect — during my sessions, it underscores for students the value of having me there. And the more that students know ahead of time about me and about my books, the more they’ll anticipate my visit, the more attentive they’ll be during my presentation, and the more substantial their questions for me will be.

  • Allow plenty of time. Trust me — I won’t expect pre-K students to sit still for a full hour. But the more time we have together — after the kids are seated and before they stand up to leave — the more I can truly engage with your students without having to rush through my presentation.

  • Have books available for me to sign. This is not a requirement. But I do find that adults who have lots of books in their lives sometimes overlook how special — inspiring, even — it can be to a child to own one particular book signed by a real-life author (or “arthur”) who they actually met at their actual school.

Looking for more tips? Have a look at “Make It Happen: Awesome Author and Illustrator Visits” from Education World.