School Visits

I would love to visit your school!

Grades K-3:
My 45 minute program centers around robots (fiction and non-fiction) and my STEM-friendly picture book, Doll-E 1.0. Students will also learn about “secret stories” that only illustrators can tell, take away a few practical illustration tips, learn to draw two characters from the book, ask questions, and bust a few robot dance moves too!

Grades 3-5:
This 3-day writing/illustrating workshop was co-developed with an elementary school media specialist to align with writing standards. Over 3 days (three 45-60 minute sessions per group), each student will learn about me (my books, my inspirations, my struggles, and my book dummies), develop a “cheesy” character, draft a “cheesy” story, and then combine it all into a real book dummy to continue revising!

Best for 60 or fewer students per session. Three sessions can be conducted each day for different groups. Tons of fun and cheese ball jokes with a focus on first drafts and their imperfections.

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Author Visit Packet!

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Email Shanda to Book Your Visit!

They Said:

“You were amazing with the kids! They love your book so to hear it read by you, to see you draw the characters and to hear the answers to their questions was the best.”

– Shannon McClintock Miller, Future Ready Librarians Spokesperson. K12 Teacher Librarian at Van Meter School, Iowa. Speaker. Author. Consultant.

“Shanda gave a wonderful and very entertaining presentation about robots and being an author and illustrator. It was very engaging and very kid friendly. They loved that Shanda walked around and visited with the kids before the presentation. They especially loved it when she read aloud her story in an interactive way. Shanda also should how an illustration can change what the reader reads with just a few changes in an illustration. The kids also loved the side by side illustration lesson and how they can also illustrate with just a few steps in a very easy manner. She was a hit. Shanda even received some hugs from 1st graders today and one 1st grader told her that she was the first author that she has ever met! She made some lasting impressions!” 
– Ida, Media Specialist

“Shanda’s presentation was tops! It was fun and interactive. Doll-E is an awesome book! We’d love to have Shanda back at the Milton Library. Thank you!”
– Liane, Youth Services Librarian

“Shanda was so wonderful to work with! She is professional, friendly, great with the kids, and a talented writer/illustrator/speaker!”
– Lauren, Teacher and Leadership Team Member

“Shanda McCloskey gave a terrific presentation to our PreK-2nd grade students! She was engaging, the kids had a blast, and they learned so much! Her presentation was the perfect mix of fun – the kids did a robot dance, and education – the writing process and technology. I highly recommend Shanda for author visits!”
-Sara, Elementary School Librarian

“Shanda kept her Q & A very interesting for the students. The kids loved her answers and she kept their attention throughout the whole Skype session. It was a great literary experience for our students in Leigh. Thanks!! It was so much fun!!”
– Kylie, Media/Tech Integrationist

“Thank you so much for coming! One 5th grader made sure to stick his head in the media center yesterday on his way to dismissal to say he loved your visit! I heard similar from many others! Yes, I will be bringing you back. 😊 I feel like we met a rock star!”
– Beth, Media Specialist

Free Activities:

Upcoming Visits:

  • Friday, April 26
    Calera Elementary School, Alabama
  • Friday, May 10
    Oak Grove Elementary School, Georgia

Recent Visits:
Adolphus Elementary (TX), AJC Decatur Book Festival (GA), Ball Ground Public Library (GA), Ball Ground STEM Academy (GA), Barnes & Noble (Cumming, GA), b.little children’s boutique (GA), Books of Wonder (NY), Clairmont Elementary (GA), Coal Mountain Elementary (GA), Daves Creek Elementary (GA), Dickinson Elementary (TX), Fort Mill Elementary (SC), Foxtale Book Shoppe (GA), Grace Classical Academy (GA), Hillside Elementary (GA), Huggins Elementary (TX), Jane Long Elementary (TX), Knox Elementary (GA), Leigh Community Schools (NE) via Skype, Little Shop of Stories (GA), Matt Elementary (GA), Milton Library (GA), Milton Literary Festival (GA), Sand Hill Elementary STEM Club (GA) via Skype, Sharon Elementary School (GA)Sixes Elementary (GA), Sonoraville Elementary (GA), Southern Festival of Books (TN), Storytime at the Atrium at The Lincoln Center (NY), Summit Hill Elementary (GA),The Carpenter’s Shop (GA), The Epstein School (GA), The King’s Academy (GA), Van Meter School (IA) via Skype, WABE radio interview on A Closer Look with Rose Scott (GA), Whitlow Elementary (GA) x 2, Williams Elementary (TX)

Skype Visits:
I offer a limited number of free Skype visits (Q&A, 20 minutes) with classrooms/groups that have read my book together.

Shanda McCloskey, Children's Illustrator & Author