Aside from the pure joy and author receives from connecting with her readers, inviting an author to visit your school, library or community event has a host of benefits than can enrich lives and learning, such as:
- Creates a personal connection between children and book creators;
- Helps reinforce specific learning outcomes and creates unique opportunities for curriculum connections in line with educational standards;
- Serves as a motivator to encourage children to express themselves through reading and writing;
- Positively motivates children to revise and rewrite their own works;
- Positively motivates children to persist in their dreams and goals, even in the face of adversity;
- Assists in reading score improvements;
- Creating greater visibility for the your school, library, or community event and serves as a rich opportunity for community public relations;
- Bolster morale, both individually and school-wide;
- Show potential funding partners that your school has a viable, specific program that will directly benefit children.
Download a printable brochure with specific program details here!
Funding for author visits can often be obtained from a variety of sources. See the following suggestions for some ideas:
- District Funds
- Title I Funds
- Community Sponsors
- Service Clubs (Lions, Kiwanis, or Rotary Clubs)
- Grants (SCBWI Amber Brown Fund Grant, AASL Innovative Reading Grant, Target Corporation Grants, Starbucks Foundation Grants, P&W Readings and Workshops Grants, Bank of America Grants, Barnes & Noble Grants...and many, many more)
This list is by no means exhaustive. Be inspired to brainstorm your own creative, out-of-the box ideas to make the magical experience of an author visit a reality!
**Making a meaningful connection with books is such an important aspect of learning and no child should miss the opportunity to have an author visit her school. If your school has economic concerns, please contact the author to discuss a workable financial arrangement.