Invite author Mona Kerby to your school
Mona Kerby school visits and presentations engage students in the joys of reading and learning. She discusses her books, describes the process, and answers student questions. By inviting Mona, your students experience a learning moment that they will remember forever. Students not only meet a real live author, but also they enjoy reading and learning. And this, of course, is the ultimate goal.
Mona Kerby School Visits: Face-to face Presentations
Preparation is key to any successful author visit. Suggestions and guidelines for successful presentations:
- Have all teachers share Mona Kerby books before and after the presentation; use some of the activities on the website.
- She can do up to 3 presentations per day with approximately 150 students in each group. Presentations can be from 20 to 50 minutes.
- Announce the visit to principal, teachers, custodian, parents, and students–multiple times in many ways.
- At least three weeks before the visit, pre-order the books and allow students to purchase them at discount prices. See Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Macmillan, Penguin, Walmart, or your local bookseller. Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch may be ordered at discounted rates from:
- Sean Curran, Special Markets, c/o Macmillan Sales Division, 175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500, New York, NY 10010, firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 646-307-5848
- Send home form for ordering books, including autograph instructions. See a sample order form.
- If a school is a significant distance from her home, additional funding is requested for travel and lodging. Please contact Mona for presentation fees.
- On the day of the visit:
- Remind everyone that Mona is coming.
- Have books ready to sign. Insert paper with autograph instructions in each book.
- Set up cart, projection device, computer, screen, microphone, chair, and small table. Ensure access to Internet.
Mona Kerby School Visits: Virtual Presentations
- Contact Mona using the form on this website.
- At least three weeks before the visit, pre-order her books and sell to students at a discount. Email Mona the names, and she will snail-mail personal autographed bookplates.
- Consider keeping the group small. The goal is student participation.
- Before the visit, help the students craft questions that deal with writing, revising, and publishing. Still, allow students freedom to ask questions based on what Mona says–spontaneity is fun!
- Bad weather affects transmission. Have a back-up plan.
- A virtual visit typically lasts 20-30 minutes and costs $200.
Of course, everything can be negotiated or tailor-made. Just let Mona know.