School Visits

I would love to visit your school! Depending on your students’ ages and interests, my presentations will include:

  • sharing my books, answering questions (and linking them to your class content)
  • explaining how a picture book is made (showing an editor’s markup of my revisions, sketches, a dummy layout, first proofs, the color proofs pages and how all these lead – finally! to a beautiful book)
  • a funny and enlightening slide show about my creative process (fully formed ideas don’t just pop into my head)
  • a “poetry jam” of students reading my verses for multiple voices
  • a class poem, brainstormed and written collectively by students, related to the content of one of my books
  • a related art or writing lesson extension for teachers to use if they wish.

All my school visits are scheduled through The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education. To learn about my program and fees, click on this link: The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education

“You are an Ohio treasure.”

Deborah McCrimmon, principal, The Miami Valley School

“My students truly LOVE your stories and poems (especially The 12 Days of Christmas in Ohio). Thanks for inspiring these young writers.”

Anna Thompson, 4th grade teacher, Spencerville Schools

“I love your poem books. They are awesome!”

Third grade student, Maplewood Elementary

“Thank you for a wonderful visit! The students and staff really enjoyed your presentations. Please feel free to use our school as a reference.”

Cathy Butler, reading specialist, Maplewood Elementary, Lima

“Thank you for a wonderful day!  I have already gotten such positive feedback from the teachers and students!”

Mary Townley, kindergarten teacher, Central College Christian Academy, Westerville




I will donate to your library an autographed copy of each book I present to students.
I am also pleased to share my author discount with teachers and students who would like to purchase an autographed book.