For 2022/2023: Depending on current Covid levels, I’m available for both in-person and virtual author visits. For library storytimes (including a video intro), go here.
I’m a Minnesota author who loves getting out and spreading book love! I have a passion for reading and writing, and I’m grateful that I get to go out and share that passion with students, educators, and other writers. I’ve presented at more than a hundred schools, libraries, book festivals, writing conferences, and educator conferences, and my goals are always to
- inspire people to read and write more
- give hands-on experience, where possible
- share practical tips that can be put into practice right away
- empower reluctant readers and writers
I think my superpower as an author who visits schools is that I make kids see themselves as writers. Through specific exercises, a casual and encouraging approach, and an emphasis on creativity and individuality, I help kids (and adults) recognize that we all have the capacity to create wonderful things!
Please check out the links in the sidebar to the right (scroll way down) for all the details about my school visits and other kinds of workshops and presentations! I’m also pasting the links below the videos and photo gallery. These videos were made in Albert Lea, MN elementary schools and are all shared here with permission of the schools!
In this super short video on Twitter, kindergartners and first graders shout out “This is where we belong!” as we read our collaborative We Belong poem.