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2024-2025 AUTHOR VISITS

Whether in-person or virtual, exploring fiction or nonfiction, Jody inspires! She loves talking with kids about reading, writing, and books! Just reach out, and we’ll make it happen. Scroll down for pictures and endorsements!

For kindergartners and first graders, Jody shares how books can bring joy, heal hurts, and become friends. For second and third graders, she focuses on taking a great idea, forming it into a story, and then sending it into the world to become a book. Jody explores the writing process with fourth and fifth graders, and gives students a sneak peek into the world of publishing, where students become agents and editors. For second through fifth graders, Jody shares how nonfiction can be fun, exhilarating, and oh so cool! Q&A follows each fun, interactive presentation. Want Jody to focus on SOMETIMES I AM HOT LAVA or THE LAST DAY JULIAN WAS MY BEST FRIEND (out in June)? No problem! Just ask!

Options
Title:               SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE BOOKS!
Audience:        K-1
Length:            30 minutes (focus book: EMERGENCY KITTENS!)

Title:                HOW A STORY BECOMES A BOOK
Audience:        2-3
Length:            45 minutes (focus book: PRUDENCE THE PART-TIME COW)

Title:                ROCK WHAT YOU WRITE
Audience:        4-5
Length:            45 minutes (focus book: A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK)

Title:                CREEP, LEAP, CRUNCH! NONFICTION IS COOL!
Audience:        2-5
Length:            45 minutes (focus book: CREEP, LEAP, CRUNCH! A FOOD CHAIN STORY)

Questions? Just ask!

Jody Jensen Shaffer Author Visits printable handout 2024-2025

Pricing
IN-PERSON FULL-DAY:
3-4 Sessions
$1,800. Up to four schools may share the day, as long as travel time allows.

IN-PERSON HALF-DAY:
2 Sessions (must both be AM or PM)
$1,000

IN-PERSON LIBRARY VISITS, LITERACY NIGHTS, WRITERS’ WORKSHOPS:
One hour $500
Two hours $750

Feel free to coordinate with a local school author visit in your town!

Travel fees apply to all visits (mileage, airfare, hotel, meals, etc)

VIRTUAL AUTHOR VISITS:
$450 for one 30-minute session
$1,000 for four sessions

NOTE: Jody will send a contract to confirm all details. Fees are payable the first day of her visit. Jody prefers group sizes of no more than 175 students. Questions? Email Jody at jodyjensenshaffer@gmail.com. 

Think you can’t afford to bring an author to your school? Here are some creative ways others have done it! Successful Author Visits (And How to Pay for Them)

Endorsements:

“Our students and staff LOVED having Jody visit our building! Her interactive, thoughtful presentation helped expose students to the writing process and her kind, easy-going nature made her visit a breeze! She is welcome back any time!” – Megan Bright, Librarian, Lillian Schumacher Elementary, Liberty Public Schools

“Jody presents very engaging material, teaches them about the writing process, and students love her books!” – Liz Vannelli, Kellybrook Library Media Specialist, Liberty Public Schools

“The kids loved Jody’s visit. She was engaging and funny. Even a teacher came and told me that Jody was her hero!” Debbie B., Librarian, Rose Acres Elementary, Maryland Heights, MO

“Jody is friendly, approachable and she shares her experiences as an author in an encouraging way that inspires the students to write their own stories. The 3-5 group loved the interactive demonstration of how a book gets a publisher.” 

“I loved her interaction with students during the publishing process skit. She was an all around amazing presenter…I wish we had had more time for her to keep talking about her books. The kids loved listening to her stories.”

“I loved how she interacted with students. They really liked her and she was very sweet with them. I loved when she brought students up with props to act out a scene. Very fun!”

“We enjoyed how personable Jody was and how she interacted with the students. We also enjoyed that she was local!! What a great experience for our kids!”

“I like the way she explained the publishing process by having students come up and play specific roles. Because they were part of it, they were very engaged!”

#KidsNeedMentors video in Maryland Heights, MO

https://drive.google.com/file/d/11DTufchzIF2myV_RY7Mh72OvLVzFafQa/view

Ridgeview Elementary, Liberty, MO
https://twitter.com/BrightLibrarian/status/1097911136454889473
Shoal Creek Elementary, Liberty, MO
Kellybrook Elementary, Liberty Public Schools
Kellybrook Elementary, Liberty Public Schools

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