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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. Want me to speak about something else–poetry, researching nonfiction subjects, writing workshop with your class, etc? Just ask!

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You’ve Got COW POWER! (Author Visits for Grades K-2)

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 2018-2019 Mesquite (TX) ISD Mockingbird Award and the 2019-2020 Show Me Award in Missouri. She’ll focus on how to get great ideas and the importance of revising. 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 (where students become agents and editors!). 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. No more than 75 kids/presentation, please.

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)


“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!”

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Kellybrook Elementary, Liberty Public Schools
Kellybrook Elementary, Liberty Public Schools
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