๐ŸŽ“Each year SCBWI awards one school with an author or illustrator visit and new books. Any school can apply.

โœ๏ธChildren's book author, Kim Norman has compiled a long (sidebar) roster of authors and illustrators who do school visits, listed by state.

๐ŸŒ For free (short) virtual visits go to World Read Aloud Day

๐Ÿ–ฅ Skype in the Classroom

โœ’๏ธNeed a writing prompt? Pirate Boy is a โ€œWhat If Story.โ€ Download a template for your own "What If Story.โ€

โ›ต๏ธPirate Crafts

โœ๏ธ Looking for fun step by step instructions for drawing animals and people? Visit Ed Emberley!

๐ŸŽจ Lots of lesson and craft projects

๐Ÿ‘‘ Make a Maid Marian Hat like the one Daphne wears in The Artist and The King.

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽจ More hat craft ideas here.

๐Ÿ˜ธClick here for step by step instructions for making a mask like Lilyโ€™s.
And here for more great craft ideas.


๐Ÿ“•Picture book recommendations from PragmaticMom.com

๐Ÿ“šReading Is Fundamental (Lesson plans, Puzzles, Read Alouds & Videos)

๐Ÿ–ฅGreat Websites for Kids is a compilation of sites geared to children from birth to age 14.

๐ŸŽ’Getting ready for kindergarten? Writer/teacher Susie Wilde has picture book recommendations.

๐Ÿ“•Visit Dolly Parton's Library

๐ŸšŒ <a href="https://www.cityofgoleta.org/city-hall/goleta-val Find my books at IndieBound.

Support Independent Bookstores โ€“ Visit IndieBound.org

Planning a School or Library Event?

You can order Pearl Goes to Preschool, Lily's Cat Mask, or Pirate Boy directly from Penguin Random House at 800-733-3000. To order books from The Sadie Series, visit Kar Ben or call 800-452-7236. And to order The Artist and the King, visit Alazar Press.

School Visits

How do you combine pictures and words to make a story? Is there an easy way to draw a character's changing emotions? My Skype visits answer these questions. For information on a 45 minute virtual visit or in-person visits and lectures, drop me a note. fortenberryillustration@gmail.com

Before the Visit

Please read some of my books with your class. Gather questions students have for me. If possible, limit each group to 30 students. For younger kids, you might want paper plates, crayons and pencils on hand for after my visit (so they can put to use some of my suggestions).

"It was so special to have Julie Fortenberry read to several classes of Kinder and 1st grade students. The students were so excited to share their cat masks, participate in the story and learn about how to draw emotions. They also learned about writing "What ifโ€ฆ" stories and best of all, saw that it's okay to be shy!

Teachers observed that their time with Ms. Fortenberry was more than just reading a book. The interaction corresponded to Reading, Writing, Social and Emotional, and Speaking and Listening standards. We can't recommend taking part in a presentation with Ms. Fortenberry highly enough!"

Tracey Rowley
Educational Technology Integration Specialist
Instructional Technology Department
Tucson Unified School District

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