School Visits & Author Appearances


Dear Educators:

The most joyful hours in my life as a children’s writer are spent meeting kids and sharing stories. I offer three different options and I’m happy to work with you to tailor my presentation to suit grade level, class curriculum, and group size preferences.

I do both in-person and virtual visits. Please email me for fees/presentation/scheduling. Or submit the contact form below.



MIRRORS & WINDOWS, Building Diverse Bookshelves
A presentation on how books can be mirrors and windows and how to build diverse bookshelves. I’ll use my own books, The Yellow Suitcase, A Gift for Amma and many different titles to demonstrate the idea. 



A WRITER’S WORKSHOP, Elements of Creative Writing
From idea seeds to story endings, including hook, characters, setting, plot, and story arc, with  prompts and exercises. We’ll also go over these elements in one of my picture books.




AUTHOR LIFE, A Book’s Journey
Overview of the process of creating a book, my path to publication, and author life, followed by a read aloud of one of my picture books.


Library-PicBooksellers & Librarians:

Formally trained and having led story times for small and large audiences in several libraries for over a decade, and as an early literacy educator for many years, I enjoy interactive picture book read-alouds, finger play with rhymes, and singing fun songs for early learning. These days, I look forward to gathering with children and reading my own picture books, talking about the themes, and working on related crafts and activities.

If you’re interested in having me visit your community, please fill out the form below to discuss fee and specific needs.