School Visits

Shanda 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!

Best for 200 or fewer students per session.

Grades 2-5:
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.

“I would certainly recommend Shanda to other schools and organizations. Each part of her presentation was age appropriate, informative, and kept each child’s full attention. The children LOVED her book Doll-E 1.0, and enjoyed meeting a “real live” author-illustrator.” 
– Gina, Kindergarten Teacher

“I would definitely recommend her! My kids loved being able to get up and draw with her!”

– Leslie, Media Specialist

“Our second graders loved every minute of the presentation! They loved making up a story with her, listening to her animated and interactive reading of Doll-E 1.0, and were “fighting” over the opportunity to illustrate alongside of Shanda. She was so engaging and kept the students’ attention the entire time.”
– Lynn, Second Grade Teacher

“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

Recent visits include:
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), Foxtale Book Shoppe (GA), Knox Elementary (GA), Little Shop of Stories (GA), Matt Elementary (GA), The Carpenter’s Shop (GA), The Epstein School (GA), The King’s Academy (GA), Sixes Elementary (GA), Sonoraville Elementary (GA), Storytime at the Atrium at The Lincoln Center (NY), WABE radio interview on A Closer Look with Rose Scott (GA), Whitlow Elementary (GA)

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