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I really enjoy visiting elementary schools! Since I write both fiction and nonfiction, I can share nonfiction research tips with kids as well as help them understand how a book comes together.

Presentations can be tailored to your needs, but may include:
  • Why I became a writer, and a look at my very first book, written in fourth grade
  • Cool nonfiction facts I've learned while writing my books
  • An interactive game where the kids and I write a story together
  • Research for fiction stories--who needs it? (lots of writers!)
  • Interactive reading of one of my books (for younger kids)
  • How a book is made: one book's journey (idea, drafts, critiques, more drafts, still more drafts, sketches, galleys, and FINALLY the finished book)
Please contact me for rate information. I look forward to visiting your school!
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Cooking up a story with the Story Chefs!

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Just a few of the book posters made by the fabulous kids at Oak Hill Elementary in Antelope, CA

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Amazing art in Antioch, CA!

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Writing a story with help from the Story Wizards!

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Signing books at an elementary school

What People Are Saying:

"I have had nothing but raves about your visit. In fact, a 4th grade GATE teacher summed it up quite nicely when she said, 'I loved the author. She could NOT have been any better.'" - Sandy Pattison, School librarian

"You were awesome!  I haven't seen anyone engage the kids so completely." - Judy Wheeler, Towne Center Books, Pleasanton

“They loved the afternoon workshop!” - Lisa Foy, 4th/5th grade teacher

“The presentation was fantastic. You did a great job keeping them engaged for 40 minutes.”
- Jennifer Splaine, 1st grade teacher


Welcome! Please look around to learn more about my books and about me. Join my mailing list to hear the latest news:




Thanks for stopping by!