I am available for author visits to your school or organization. To schedule an author visit, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a complete school visit packet, please e-mail Robin Kelly at Stargazer Publishing Company at email@example.com. Below are some photos from some of my more recent school visits.
Anton Elementary School, San Bernardino, California
I have spoken several times at this school. This time, it was for Read Across America week, and fellow author and friend, Maria Cisneros Toth, and I spoke to an assembly of 300 enthusiastic students about "The Writing Process."
On another visit to Anton, several fellow authors and I spent time with different classes and talking to them about writing stories.
Luiseno Middle School Career Day, Corona, California
Speaking to the kids at Luiseno about a career in writing was so rewarding. There were speakers from all walks of life. The school also served us a great lunch, and it was right outside their fabulous library, which I had a great time touring.
Columbus Middle School, Canoga Park, California
Both Columbus Middle School and I were the lucky winners of the school visit raffled off by the California Readers Association at their annual luncheon in Burbank. I presented a slide show about the Navajo Nation to two assemblies.
Giano Intermediate School, West Covina, California
Here I am presenting "All About the Navajos" to the students at Giano Intermediate School. In the morning, I spoke to the entire student body. Then I went to all the English classes to show the kids artifacts from the Navajo culture. It was a very fun day!
I am showing the kids a Navajo sand painting. This is artwork that Navajos make in the sand, and they are usually destroyed when they are no longer needed.
The kids look at the photo board I brought showing pictures from one of my trips to the Navajo Nation.
Haynes Intermediate School, Ontario, California
Maria Toth, a fellow writer, and I taught "So You Want to Write Short Stories," an 8-week creative writing course, to twenty-five 4th, 5th, and 6th grade GATE students at Haynes Intermediate School. We published the short stories in a book. Each child received a copy and one was placed in the school library. This course was great fun!
I'm helping two of the girls with their story ideas as they write in their workbooks.
Maria and I clown around with two of the girls.
I'm helping two of the boys with their paper bag albums, a creativity sparker for their story ideas.
Yair Garcia gets ready to read his story to the class during the critique session.
Highgrove Elementary School, San Bernardino, California
For Read Across America Day at Highgrove, I read from The Lost Treasure of the Golden Sun at an assembly for 3rd and 4th graders. Maria Toth and I also talked about "A Writer's Life" at a 5th and 6th grade assembly.
Taking a break between assemblies.
Foothill Ranch Elementary School, Foothill Ranch, California
I'm talking to a kindergarten class about being a writer.
And here I am talking to another kindergarten class about the Navajos.