Shanda Loves Visiting Schools!

Meet Tiny T … he comes to my drone presentations to show off flying and flips!
Some drone action!

Virtual & In-Person:

It has been pure magic to be invited into so many schools and libraries across the country and abroad over the past three years! Visiting schools and interacting with students is one of the best parts of this path. 

As you already know, 2020 happened, so I reinvented all my existing author presentations (and invented new ones too) as virtual author visits, which can reach students learning in-school and/or remotely. As always, I have programs about robots and drones, but now I also have a writing process presentation and one all about illustration!

All my programs, pricing, book purchasing info, equipment needs, and helpful tips are detailed in my author visit packet below:

Shanda’s Author Visit Packet


I am available any weekday that is not marked “unavailable” on the calendar below. Virtual visit times listed are Eastern. I am happy to visit more than one school (virtually) per day as time allows.

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 showed 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 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

Let’s plan a visit!

Team Fire Truck vs. Dragon:

The creators of FIRE TRUCK VS. DRAGON, Chris Barton (author) and Shanda McCloskey (illustrator), are offering several virtual school visit opportunities TOGETHER!

  • Fire Truck vs. Dragon webinar for classrooms everywhere on November 12th, 10am EST. Sign your class up here!
  • Our other school visit offerings can be found here.

Shanda McCloskey, Children's Illustrator & Author