Thank you for your interest in an Author Visit! At these visits, students:
- Get a behind-the-scenes look into the writing & illustrating process for my books
- Participate in interactive community building
- Become more inspired to read and write (and be authors themselves) at school!
The presentation is best geared for grades K-3.
I can do a live virtual visit with your class or grade level (or a combination of grade levels), located anywhere in the United States!
For schools outside of the U.S.- please fill out this international visit interest form (instead of booking here through the website) and I will contact you via email.
What you will get from your virtual visit:
-A 50 minute virtual presentation via Zoom, including time for student questions at the end.
-The option for you and your students’ families to order signed books at an exclusively discounted rate. Autograph inscriptions can be personalized with the book recipient’s name if they would like (a parent letter with book order information will be provided).
-One student will win a free autographed hardcover of Our Class is a Family as a prize during the visit
What teachers are saying:
“I was curious as to what to expect from the visit. Shannon did an amazing job! She established a quick connection with my students and had a wonderful and engaging presentation. We had just finished up our first unit in writing and she talked to my class about the process of writing and publishing a book, allowing time for questions at the end. More importantly, she talked with my students about the value of having a classroom family and the message behind her book. It was such a treat to have Shannon visit with us. I look forward to having her visit again with future classes!” -Cheryl, 2nd Grade Teacher
“My students had an absolutely wonderful time with you today and are VERY inspired to become better readers and writers. It was so engaging the entire time and truly couldn’t have been a better, more meaningful experience. You are AMAZING!” -Lani, 2nd Grade Teacher
“We LOVED it!! Every teacher came up to me afterwards to tell me how great you were. They were already asking me if you can come back again next year. They (and me too) were so impressed how you were really geared towards K and K appropriate, you got the kids up and moving, you included all the classes and gave everyone a chance to contribute. But at the same time we were not surprised because you are a true teacher and know just how to do it!” –Jamie, Kindergarten Teacher
“I have to tell you- my class is still quoting you! They’re like, ‘There’s not a book for that??? Let’s write it! That’s what Mrs. Olsen would do!’ I love it. Truly all that you shared has stuck with them! They honestly believe that they are authors through the lens you provided them. They also think authors are close to life friends because of your approach. You truly made a lasting impact!!!” -Lydia, 1st Grade Teacher
“I really enjoyed how well planned-out and organized you were. It’s also evident you’ve worked with young kids, since you had engaging brain breaks and cheers! We actually do classroom cheers, but you taught us some new ones! :)” -Natalie, 1st Grade Teacher
“It was truly such an amazing experience for the kids and me. They had so much fun and it was so great how you broke down the whole process of being an author. We’re doing opinion writing right now and a few of the students chose to have their topic be that in their opinion every class should have author visits. You had such a great impact on all of them.” -Aschlyee, 2nd Grade Teacher
“The kiddos really enjoyed your presentation!! And the teachers as well! I wanted to share a text with you that I got from a parent: Danny was very excited about the author visit and said it was the thrill of a life and inspires him to be an author. Thanks for providing him with that experience!“ -Tracy, 1st Grade Teacher
What students are saying:
Virtual Visit Pricing:
One class: $99
*Grade Level Team: $149
*Multiple Grade Levels (for example, 1st & 2nd grade combined): $199
*The Grade Level Team & Multiple Grade Level options are still for one session. All classes will log into the same virtual meeting at the same time.
*Given the interactive nature of the presentation, a maximum of 8 classes per visit is recommended. If you are wanting a Grade Level or Multiple Grade Level visit for a total of more than 8 classes, I would suggest booking an additional session in order for every class to get the most out of the visit (student engagement-wise).
To book your virtual visit:
1. Go to the top of this page and select your Visit Type.
2. Choose a start time for your visit (please note the time zones).
3. Select the grade level from the dropdown menu. For a Multiple Grade Level visit, please specify the grade levels in the box below the calendar that says “Notes.”
4. Indicate the number of classes that will be joining for the visit.
5. Select an available date from the calendar.
Then click “Book Now” and go to View Cart & Proceed to Checkout to reserve your date.
Upon booking, you’ll receive a confirmation email and information about how to order autographed books for your class. The email will also contain a Google Form questionnaire- please submit it at your earliest convenience to help me prepare for our visit. I will touch base with you again via email a few days before the visit to coordinate final details.
If you select the “Check” payment option when you book your visit, your spot will be reserved and your order will be temporarily placed on hold. Upon receipt of check in the mail, you will be emailed the Google Form questionnaire and autographed book order information.
If you need to reschedule or make a cancellation, please note the refund policy below:
Full refund: 2 weeks prior to the date of visit
50% refund: 1 week prior to the date of visit
In the event that a cancellation is made less than a week before the scheduled visit, no refund will be given.
I am available for booking a limited number of in-person visits in the Orange County, California area. If you’d like to inquire about an in-person author visit, please do not book through the calendar above (pricing for in-person visits is separate, and will vary depending on travel time, etc).
If you can instead please fill out this in-person visit interest form to be contacted via email, and I’ll look forward to reaching out to you!
If you have any questions regarding Author Visits, please also make sure to view the FAQs tab.
I appreciate your interest, and hope to get to visit with your class family soon!