School Author Visits

 

Matt de la Peña and Loren Long at Foothill Elementary, February 2017. Photo credit: Jonathan Warshaw, Media Specialist at Foothill Elementary.
 
School Author Visits 
Host an author at your school!!!  Author visits are an exciting opportunity to engage students in reading and the writing process. Authors often visit schools while on tour to promote a new book, at no cost to the school.
 
We'll help your school arrange a visit by facilitating communication with the authors and their publicists, creating customized order forms for books and a link for online ordering, and free book delivery to the school before the visit. Schools can opt to pass along our 20% educator discount to their students, or use book sales as a fundraiser for their library or classrooms!
 
For upcoming visits, see the list below!
 
Schools can also host a local author year-round! Non-touring local authors will sometimes charge a fee or require a minimum number of books to be sold, but are often flexible with their presentations and can work with teachers to create a lesson plan specific to your class.
 
Please email allyd@boulderbookstore.com to request an author, or if you have any questions.

Authors Visiting Boulder - Fall 2018

November 26th through December 14th - Kim Tomsic The 11:11 Wish

Kim is available for free school visits during the last week of November and the first two weeks of December!

Grades: 3rd-6th

Kim's Website

Get the book!

About the Book: Megan Meyers has a foolproof plan to reinvent herself at her new school. Good-bye, dorky math nerd; hello, friend magnet! But her first day at Saguaro Prep starts off weird to the tenth power. When she's dared to "make something exciting happen," Megan is thrown into the middle of an epic power struggle between the two seventh-grade Spirit Captains. So with nothing to lose, Megan wishes for "some magic" as her classroom's cat clock chimes 11:11--and is granted an enchanted teen magazine promising miracle makeovers and sure-fire secrets for winning friends and crushes. But magic can have dangerous side effects, and as her social life grows exponentially worse, Megan begins to wonder if wishing was ever a purrfect idea.

About the Author: Kim Tomsic was “made” in France, born on an American military base in Italy, and has lived in various parts of the United States. She has been the new-girl at many schools which is probably why she is now a declared extrovert and enjoys helping others connect. Although Kim admires nice shoes, she’s super-awkward in heels and can usually be found in flip-flops and on her way to a yoga class.

Fast facts: Kim is a reader, writer, dreamer, believer, exclamation point abuser, lover of peanut M&Ms, devourer of ling-hi-muis, and fan of all things children’s literature. She is active with the SCBWI and serves as Co-RA for the Rocky Mountain Chapter. Kim is also on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Haiti, a 501 (c) 3 charity organized to provide Haitian students the opportunity to go to school. Kim claims two super-powers: parallel parking and fierce loyalty. She has one husband, two children, and two dogs—all keep her laughing.

About the Presentation: Her free school visit presentation is fun and interactive. It lasts for one hour and is ideal for 3rd -6th graders. It includes a fun talk and slide show about an author's life, her inspiration, the book, and STEM since the protagonist uses the scientific method to try and solve the mystery of the magical consequences. Student volunteers wear lab coats as we go through the scientific method!


TBD – Kelly Jensen (Don’t) Call Me Crazy

 

We've been offered a visit from Kelly Jensen if we are able to put together a large event! A school-wide assembly with hundreds of students will convince the publisher to send her. This would be a good opportunity for any schools wanting to start a conversation about mental health with their students. Please email allyd@boulderbookstore.com with declarations of interest!
Grades: 9th-12th

 

About the Book: What does it mean to be crazy? Is using the word crazy offensive? What happens when such a label gets attached to your everyday experiences?

In order to understand mental health, we need to talk openly about it. Because there's no single definition of crazy, there's no single experience that embodies it, and the word itself means different things--wild? extreme? disturbed? passionate?--to different people.

(Don't) Call Me Crazy is a conversation starter and guide to better understanding how our mental health affects us every day. Thirty-three writers, athletes, and artists offer essays, lists, comics, and illustrations that explore their personal experiences with mental illness, how we do and do not talk about mental health, help for better understanding how every person's brain is wired differently, and what, exactly, might make someone crazy.

If you've ever struggled with your mental health, or know someone who has, come on in, turn the pages, and let's get talking.

About the Author: Kelly Jensen is a former librarian-turned-editor for Book Riot and Stacked. She's the author of It Happens: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader. She loves black licorice and debating genre. Follow her on Twitter: @veronikellymars.

About the Presentation: Kelly is fantastic in front of a crowd, but mental health can be a tough topic. If there's enough interest, we'll collaborate with Kelly and the school to be sure we're setting up an event that will be approachable for teens and their teachers. This would likely be an in-conversation event.


 

Local Authors!

Flexible Dates – Leah Gilbert A Couch For Llama

Grades: K-2nd

 

 

 

About the Book: The Lago family really loves their couch, but all good things come to an end, and the family must replace it. As they drive home with their brand-new couch, it falls off their car and into a fieldEwhere a llama adopts it. Can the family get its furniture back "and" keep llama happy?

About the Author: Leah grew up just blocks from Lake Michigan in a small Wisconsin town, with a deep love of art, books, and The Lake. After earning her bachelor's degree in illustration and graphic design, she moved to Colorado where she has worked as an illustrator and designer at a greeting card company for the past ten years. She currently lives in the Denver area with her husband and a fluffy puppy, and still has a deep love of art, books, and The Lake... and the mountains, too.


Flexible Dates – Lija Fisher The Cryptid Catcher

Grades: 3rd-6th

 

 

 

About the Book: After Clivo Wren’s archaeologist father dies mysteriously, the newly orphaned thirteen-year-old finds out the truth: his dad was no archaeologist. He was actually a cryptid catcher, known for finding elusive beasts like the bloodsucking chupacabra. His goal: discover the one extraordinary cryptid whose blood grants immortality—before the knowledge falls into the wrong hands.

The mission remains unfinished, and now there’s only one person who can take the renowned cryptid catcher’s place: Clivo. He may not know the first thing about monster hunting, but he’s willing to give it a try—because anything beats staying home with his salsa-crazy aunt and her neurotic cats.

About the Author: Lija Fisher was born in Istanbul, Turkey and raised at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a BFA in Performance Studies and has performed in regional theatres across New York, Florida, Alaska and Colorado. In 2017 she was a Writer in Residence with Aspen Words. Lija has lived in London, LA and NYC but now calls Colorado home. The Cryptid Catcher is her first novel.


Previous School Visits

October 29th - John August Arlo Finch Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 23rd - Molly Brooks Sanity & Tallulah 

Molly's website

Get the book! Hardcover and paperback available Oct 16th

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 17th – Alison McGhee Dear Sister

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 5th - Kevin Henkes A Parade of Elephants

Kevin's website

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

October 2nd 2018 - Melissa Savage The Truth About Martians

Melissa's website

 

 

 
 
 
 
October 2nd2 018 - Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, & LeUyen Pham The Princess in Black & the Science Fair Scare

 

 

 

 

 

September 24th 2018 - Emily Whitman The Turning

Emily's website

Teaching Guide

A lovely review by Gordon Askew at Magic Fiction Since Potter

 

 

September 5th 2018 - Ellen Hopkins People Kill People

Ellen's website

Get the book!

 

 


 

 

August 24th 2018 - Kelly deVos Fat Girl on a Plane