I love visiting with my readers, whether it’s in person or over Skype! Children and teens love meeting real authors and having the opportunity to ask them questions. And being able to interact with the kids makes all the long, lonely hours at my computer worth it!
All my books are great for classroom and book club discussion. Below, you’ll find links to teacher guides for both books which are filled with all kinds of great activities related to the books. You’ll also find information on Skype visits and in-person visits. I’m happy to visit libraries as well as schools. I hope you’ll find these resources helpful. I’d love to visit with your readers!
I love coming to schools and libraries to meet my readers! I’m happy to visit classrooms or larger groups in an auditorium. I do talks on how I became a writer, what inspired my book, the importance of research, character development, and point of view. I’m also happy to tailor my talk to your needs. I always leave plenty of time at the end for questions—that’s my favorite part! I’m also happy to sign copies of my books.
Here are some tips on how to have a successful author visit:
- Plan the visit well in advance! Many authors, including myself, work “day jobs” and need to plan their time around that.
- Get your students/readers excited about the visit! Read her books to them and make others available. Go to the author’s website and explore the biographical information. Have the readers write down questions they might have from reading the website. Use the guides!
- Have the kids make posters to welcome the author!
- Contact your local bookstore to arrange to buy copies for students to have signed. This also means letting parents know of the visit and the opportunity to have a signed book.
- Advertise the visit through school and library newsletters, parent-teacher organizations and local media.
- Find out ahead of time what your visiting author needs. Microphone? Digital projector? Table? Be sure to have water.
- On the day of the visit, have a student meet the author at the office and escort her to the classroom or auditorium.
For more tips on having a great author visit, click here : Author Visit Tips
Interested in a visit? Email me for fees and availability Bobbie Pyron
Skype visits are a great way for me to talk with readers far away. I’ve visited with kids in rural areas of Missouri and Vermont who would otherwise not have the opportunity to meet an author. Plus, Skype visits are more affordable than an in-person visit!
My thirty-minute Skype visits are Free! These usually consist of just a Q&A session. Contact me for informaiton on longer visists.
Here’s some tips and information if you’re considering a Skype visit with an author:
- Skype visits work best if the students have read at least one of the author’s books, or if they are reading the book together as a class.
- You must have a Skype account (www.Skype.com) and the necessary equipment.
- At least a week prior to the visit, you should test your Skype connection with the author in the room where the visit will be held (without the students).
- If you have a tech person in your school, have them present during the session. Hangups and other technical problems DO happen!
- Have the students write their questions down on index cards prior to the visit. Designate one or two lucky students to be the ones to read the questions to the author. This really cuts down on the confusion!
Interested in a Skype visit? Email me firstname.lastname@example.org . I’ll be happy to talk with you about fees and format.
Both of my books have extensive guides that will help both teachers and librarians get the most out of using these books in a classroom or book club setting. The guides are curriculum based but also fun!
In the guide for THE RING (grades 7 and up), you’ll find an extensive vocabulary list, chapter-by-chapter discussion questions, and curriculum-related projects, as well as many additional resources. Some of the themes covered in THE RING are women’s sports, stereotyping, bullying, and self-esteem. Teachers Guid (docx)
In the guide for A DOG’S WAY HOME (grades 4 and up), you’ll find discussion questions and lots of curriculum-based activities that are fun! Some of the themes covered in A DOG’S WAY HOME are music, dogs, faith (as in never giving up), friendship, and North Stars! A Dog’s Way Home Guide (pdf)