How do I set up an
author visit or interview?
Where can I find authors that will chat online with my students?
How do I plan a visit?
Author visits are a great way to get your students excited about reading, writing, and illustration. Although it's great to host authors to your library or school, it's not always possible. You can also plan and participate in virtual visits. You can interact with authors through email and chats.
Use the following resources to learn more about planning face-to-face and virtual author and illustrator visits.
- Author Visit Planning Resources
- Author and Illustrator Lists
- Virtual Author and Illustrator Events
- Other Topics
- Print Resources
As you explore the following sites, notice that the indicates an exceptional quality resource.
Author & Illustrator
Provides guidelines for organizing visits.
Author and Illustrator
Visits by Toni Buzzeo
Great tip sheets and ideas.
Bringing An Author to
Information by an author about author visits.
Invite An Author to Your
Provides lists of you authors, faqs, and other information
Authors and Illustrators
Who Visit Schools
Only a few speakers listed.
Author Illustrator Source
Lists of authors who make school visits.
Nice list of visiting authors.
Contains chats with authors. You can sign up for a practice chat.
Participate in chats and read transcripts from past chats.
This annual event involves chats around the world. You can read the archived interviewed with the past author participants.
This page contains a calendar or upcoming events and recent transcripts.
Wide-eyed and Curious: Working with Young
Children in Groups by Shutta Crum
Hints for authors doing presentations.
McElmeel, Sharron (2001). ABCs of an Author/Illustrator Visit. Linworth.
Spencer, Gwynne (2002). Have Talent, Will Travel. Linworth.
Buzzeo, Toni & Kurtz, Jane (1999). Terrific Connections with Authors, Illustrators and Storytellers: Real Space and Virtual Links. Libraries Unlimited.
Plan A Visit
Explore the options for face-to-face and virtual author visits. Which make the most sense of your school? Plan a visit!