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Face-to-Face and Virtual Author & Illustrator Visits

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?

man with microphoneAuthor 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.

As you explore the following sites, notice that the star means quality indicates an exceptional quality resource.

Author Visit Planning Resources

Author & Illustrator Visits star means quality
http://www.cbcbooks.org/html/visits.html
Provides guidelines for organizing visits.

Author and Illustrator Visits by Toni Buzzeo
http://www.tonibuzzeo.com/visits.html
Great tip sheets and ideas.

Bringing An Author to Your School
http://www.rickwalton.com/
Information by an author about author visits.

Invite An Author to Your School
http://www.snowcrest.net/kidpower/authors.html
Provides lists of you authors, faqs, and other information

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Author and Illustrator Lists

Authors and Illustrators Who Visit Schools
http://www.authorsillustrators.com/
Only a few speakers listed.

Author Illustrator Source
http://www.webcom.com/poughton/
Lists of authors who make school visits.

VisitingAuthors.com
http://visitingauthors.com/
Nice list of visiting authors.

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Virtual Author and Illustrator Events

Author Chats
http://www.authorchats.com/
Contains chats with authors. You can sign up for a practice chat.

KidsReach Chat
http://www.westga.edu/~kidreach/chat.html
Participate in chats and read transcripts from past chats.

Read In!
http://www.readin.org/
This annual event involves chats around the world. You can read the archived interviewed with the past author participants.

Scholastic star means quality
http://www2.scholastic.com/teachers/authorsandbooks/authorstudies/authorstudies.jhtml
This page contains a calendar or upcoming events and recent transcripts.

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Other Topics

Wide-eyed and Curious: Working with Young Children in Groups by Shutta Crum
http://www.kidsbooklink.org/wideyed.html
Hints for authors doing presentations.

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Print Resources

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.

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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!


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