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School Visits

I love talking with kids about reading, writing, and books! Please get in touch using my Contact page or email Andrea Cruise at Penguin Young Readers Group: penguinauthorvisits@gmail.com.

School visits begin with a talk about my life as an author. I bring in materials to show how books are created, from the first idea through illustration to publication. We’ll talk about where ideas come from and the revising and editing manuscripts go through. Then we’ll see a PowerPoint of images showing how books are made. Finally, we’ll read my book(s) and do a Q&A. All of my presentations are interactive and fun!
For younger audiences, presentations that focus on interactive story times, instead of in-depth discussions of the writing process, work best. Jody Jensen Shaffer Author Visits PDF

You’ve Got COW POWER! (Author Visits for Grades K-5)

In this interactive presentation for younger students, Jody shares the journey of her debut picture book, PRUDENCE, THE PART-TIME COW, Missouri’s choice for the 2017 National Book Festival and a finalist for the 2019-2020 Show Me Award. She’ll focus on how to generate great ideas and the writing process all writers use. Students will feel empowered to create their own great stories!

ROCK What You Write! (Author Visits for Grades 3-5)

In this interactive presentation, Jody shares how she became a children’s author and applies the lessons she learned about the writing process to her punny, nonfictiony-fiction picture book, A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK, including a sneak peek inside the publishing industry. Students will come away ready to ROCK what they write!

Current Rates

FREE 30-minute Skype session
In-person Visits
$450 One presentation (30-45 minutes, depending on age of audience)
$700 Two presentations
$1000 Full day (3 presentations) Plus current mileage, if more than 40 miles from my home (plus travel expenses, if applicable: airfare, transportation, lodging, meals)
NOTE: I’ll send you a contract to confirm all the details once we’ve decided on a date. Fees are payable the day of my visit.

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