My fees can depend on number of days booked, presentations per day, and distance traveled. For details about programs, costs, and benefits, or to schedule a visit, please contact me.
I'm amazed and thankful for the hard work you've put into the preparation for our time together! Thank you so very much; it makes my job that much easier, in the midst of back-to-school chaos.
Christine Margocs, Elementary Librarian, Round Rock ISD
In particular, I want to express my appreciation for your sincerity with our students. Your presentations allow them to ask questions, discuss ideas, and share their own experiences in a supportive and thoughtful conversation with you. I know it takes time to prepare for student audiences, but their enthusiasm during the visit and in subsequent library visits is worth it.
Maya McElroy, Elementary Librarian, Austin ISD
The participants were uniformly enthusiastic about their workshop experience with Chris. ... From an administrative point of view, Chris was also a total pleasure to work with. He was responsive, flexible, gracious and thoroughly professional.
Emma Walton Hamilton, Director, Southampton Children's Literature Conference
It was our honor to have you speak at our session. I am grateful for you being willing to be so personal and vulnerable. Your "Getting Better All the Time" speech is encouraging to those who have suffered loss, and it challenges us to be reflective of our own roles in our society and to create change. I hope you continue to give this speech, as it is one greatly needed at this time.
Autumn Smith, Literacy and Social Responsibility Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association
We were so fortunate to have Chris speak at the 44th Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival! Chris was an entertaining and engaging speaker who kept the crowd of librarians, teachers, educators, and writers interested during both the informational parts of his presentation and the fun parts, too. He was flexible and dynamic and both festival organizers and attendees would highly recommend him for your next speaking engagement!
Karen Rowell, The University of Southern Mississippi
Chris gave an outstanding presentation to Austin SCBWI. He motivated everyone in the crowd to go home and write picture book biographies, and the bibliography he provided was outstanding. I highly recommend him as a speaker for any type of children's literature event.
Tim Crow, Former Regional Advisor, Austin Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
"Write what you know," the saying goes. But based on my experiences with both playful picture books and rigorously researched nonfiction, I encourage audiences to improve their own writing — or their students' writing — by giving the not-yet-known a try. I've shared this presentation with first graders in just 30 minutes, I've delivered a full-day version to educators and librarians, and I've adapted it for many ages and lengths in between. It can include an emphasis on (and many examples of) the importance of research, revision, or collaboration. I wrote more about "Writing What You'd to Learn" for Nerdy Book Club.
I offer two inspiring presentations for conferences, professional development events, and similar gatherings. In "Getting Better All the Time," I share what I've learned — through my own life and work, and through the story of Barbara Jordan — about how we can each make the most of our own gifts and privileges. And in "It Can Take Only One," I use examples from my experiences as an author to demonstrate the power that one single thing — one single occurrence, one single incident, one single moment of connection — can have when combined with our patience, our persistence, and our presence.
Available as single-day and two-day offerings, these fun workshops give students an opportunity to work with an author to improve their own writing — and to inspire lots more down the road. Which book we emphasize on depends on the type of writing you want to focus on — off-the-wall superhero sagas or real-life anecdotes about someone your students know. Based on our reading of either Mighty Truck and Whoosh!, we'll work together to create new stories on the spot using techniques that students can continue to use long after I've left the school.
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.