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November 1, 2017

Tips for School Visits


I am meeting new fans of Maggie and the Summer Vacation Show-and-Tell by doing school visits.  The young kids are great listeners and they ask thoughtful questions.  

Doing school visits is new for me, but with each visit, I learn more and more how to make it go smoothly.  

Kids and teachers LOVE authors.  Here are a few tips:    
  • Google the directions to the school if you've never been there before. 
  • Bring something to drink and ChapStick (you'll be doing a lot of talking)
  • Show up a little early to use the bathroom or to go over your notes.  
  • Sign in at office.
  • Have a time schedule printed so you know where you're going throughout the morning.
  • Wear a watch to check the time (it's less distracting than checking your phone).
  • Silence your phone.
  • Bring extra books and a pen for signing them.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.  Often times school are warm, so wear layers.
  • Read slowly and with expression.  
  • If a class is rowdy, continue with your program. Pause to get their attention or read louder so they can hear you. 
  • Ask the students questions before you read the book.  This will get them engaged.
  • After the book is read, tell the students about the theme of the book, or the points you would like them to takeaway. 
  • Have a hands-on activity or a game to play afterward. Young kids like guessing games. Older kids like word scramble puzzles or crossword puzzles.
  • Hand out signed books and tell the students you can bring more if they would like to buy a copy.  
  • Stick around and get your picture taken with the students.





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