Shanda Loves Visiting Schools!

Meet Tiny T … he comes to my drone presentations to show off flying and flips!
Some drone action!
Making and Literacy with DOLL-E 1.0 (A Makey-Makey guide/activity!)

Grades K-5:
“How Books Begin” 
In this new 45 minute program, Shanda will walk students through her process of creating a book from an idea all the way to (hopefully) publication. She’ll talk about how to tell the difference between good ideas and bad ones. She’s share her editors’ notes and her many book “dummies” which were all important stepping stones to get to the best book possible. To conclude, Shanda will teach how to draw a special character from the presentation and charge the students with their own challenge!
Available as a virtual OR in-person presentation.

Grades K-3: “Robots”
This 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 characters from the book, ask questions, and bust a few robot dance moves too!
Available as an in-person presentation only.

Grades K-5: “Drones”
This 45 minute program looks to drones and my STEM-friendly picture book, T-BONE THE DRONE (the companion story to DOLL-E 1.0). I love to fly drones, and in my research I learned the possibilities are truly as big as the sky when it comes to these little aerial machines! Monitoring wildlife, search and rescue, planting trees, and even firefighting are being transformed by drones. Students will be empowered by this fairly new and exciting technology. And of course, my visit wouldn’t be complete without a step-by-step drone drawing lesson and a flying demonstration! 
Available as an in-person presentation only.

For pricing and details download Shanda’s Author Visit Packet!


I am available any weekday that is not marked “unavailable” on the calendar below. Any unmarked, blank date is fair game!

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

Upcoming Visits:

  • October 8, 2020
    Bailey Elementary
    Dover, Florida
    (Virtual Visit)
  • October 27, 2020
    Liberty Elementary
    Canton, Georgia

Virtual Visits:

I am now offering a virtual presentation called “How Books Begin” that can be tailored for grades K-5. See above for more info.

In some cases it may be simpler for me to create a short custom video (a reading and a drawing lesson, perhaps) for teachers to show their students at their convenience. Feel free to contact me to discuss this option if needed.

I offer a limited number of free Skype or Zoom visits (Q&A, 15 minutes) with classrooms/groups that have read one or more of my books together.

Free Educational Activities:

Let’s plan a visit!

Shanda McCloskey, Children's Illustrator & Author