If your school will be studying one (or all!) of the LEMONCELLO LIBRARY books, THE ISLAND OF DR. LIBRIS, or the WELCOME TO WONDERLAND series, and you are located in the one of the regions Chris will be visiting in 2017 (see below), please contact Chris's assistant Latoya Sherron (contact@ChrisGrabenstein.com) with your proposal for an in-person appearance.
|Latoya helps keep Chris super organized!|
Priority will be given to schools planning a major event (such as a one-book, one-school project) around any Chris Grabenstein title.
To celebrate the publication of WELCOME TO WONDERLAND #2: Beach Party Surf Monkey, Chris will be in the Chicago, Minnesota, and Washington D.C. areas at the end of May/beginning of June 2017. Proposals for school visits in those areas are being accepted now! Please contact Chris's assistant Latoya Sherron (contact@ChrisGrabenstein.com) with your ideas about a visit.
Chris will be back on tour in the fall for MR. LEMONCELLO'S GREAT LIBRARY RACE. A list of cities/regions for that tour will be posted on this page in April 2017. We look forward to receiving your Lemoncello proposals once the cities/regions are announced!
Chris will waive his $2,000-per-day fee for schools that purchase at least 100 copies of any of his books. (Chris is happy to sign the books he has co-authored with James Patterson but those books will not count toward the 100 minimum.)
Chris encourages schools to work with their local bookstores whenever possible. Many of those stores offer schools discounts when they order mass quantities of a title. If that option is not available to you, Random House Children's Books offers schools a 40% discount on books purchased for an author visit.
Schools also need to pay reasonable travel expenses not already covered by his Random House tour to your area.
For schools not located in the announced tour regions, please ask Latoya about Virtual Visits, which are also FEE FREE.
What he does...Chris demonstrates
His goal is to reinforce your classroom work in a fun, funny, and interactive way that leaves students eager to do more writing (and reading) on their own!
Who is it for...
Designed for upper elementary students in grades three through six, a typical session runs 45-60 minutes with time for questions. Chris has worked with groups as large as 1200. (The big assemblies are fun to do and get semi-chaotic with enthusiasm but, so far, there haven't been any casualties.)
Chris can do two assembly presentations per day. He is also happy to do a lunch with students.
What he needs...
A room, auditorium, or gym full of eager, well-prepared students. An LCD projector and screen. A white board or flip chart with markers. A microphone (no matter the size of the venue)—handheld is best (either corded or wireless). A bottle of water.
Chris loves making virtual visits to classrooms that have read at least one of his books.
If you're a teacher/librarian and your class/school has been reading something by Chris, just e-mail his assistant LATOYA SHERRON (contact@ChrisGrabenstein.com) to make all the arrangements. It's Fee Free! Skype sessions usually last about thirty minutes and work best when the students come prepared with questions.
There are only a limited number of slots available. Dates for Virtual Visits will not be finalized until Chris learns the details of his touring and traveling schedule (see above!) so, hopefully, you can be somewhat flexible with scheduling.When sending in your request, please let Latoya know
LATOYA can also provide you with a link to a FREE 22-minute video where Chris answers THE TOP TEN QUESTIONS he is typically asked during Skype sessions.
Library Games! Chris has also created a second FREE video where he is the Lemoncello-esque "game show host" for some Library Olympics games that you can play in your library or classroom. Just click the link and let the games begin!
Praise for Chris Grabenstein's Author Visits
"I have been a teacher and principal for 35 years and I have seen many author presentations. Mr. Grabenstein's presentation was by far the best that I have ever seen. He truly engaged the students during the presentation and motivated them to read and write. His charm, wit and sincere joy emanated throughout the presentation. How could one not be captivated while listening to his stories and ideas?"
—Thomas Famulary, Interim Principal, Fairview Elementary School
"All I can say is WOW! Chris Grabenstein's presentation was fabulous. The kids are still (4 hours later) all abuzz about it. In my many years of being a librarian and having guest authors, this was by far the best. Thanks again."
—Annette Hilton, Hoover School, Palo Alto, CA
"Both the students and the teachers truly enjoyed your presentation. In fact, a few of the teachers even commented that it was the best author presentation that they had ever attended."
—Anne Snyder, Libararian, Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills, MI
"I have never received so many compliments from teachers, (in 7 years of doing 2-3 assemblies each year), who are also saying their students were enthralled by the assemblies. The real music to my ears, though, is from the not-so-enthusiastic young readers, who are stopping me to tell me, "I am already on chapter six in my book!" Could I have some of your magic, please? Aside from this, you are one of the nicest people I've ever met! Which is also what I'm hearing from everyone else!
Seriously, it's not just that everyone is SAYING you were wonderful...they are saying it with great, happy facial expressions, confessions of being inspired to write, and much thankfulness for a terrific experience. I am lucky to have stumbled upon whatever brought you to my attention!"
—Nancy Rodino, Somerset School, North Plainfield, NJ
"The students and teachers all raved about your presentation. 'Awesome!' 'Best author visit we ever had!'"
—Kathy Piscitello, Media Specialist, Highland School, Midland Park, NJ
"Thank you for the wonderful presentations today! I can't tell you how many students said, 'He was the best author visit yet!'"
—Mary Lovely, Librarian, The Episcopal School of Knoxville
"You held the audience captive with your insights, instructions, suggestions and your talent. As I said before, if you choose to embark on another career, teaching would be blessed by your presence."
—Alice Ingle Krug, The Baylor School
CLASSROOM STUDY GUIDES
TEN TIPS FOR A PERFECT AUTHOR VISIT by Michael Shoulders, courtesy of the Nerdy Book Club blog
Order books for the visit from your local Independent Bookstore, many of which offer discounts to schools. If there isn't an Independent Bookstore in your area...
Order LEMONCELLO, WELCOME TO WONDERLAND, THE ISLAND OF DR. LIBRIS, and HAUNTED MYSTERY books at a discount directly from the publisher (PDF)
SCHOOL VISIT POSTER TEMPLATE (PDF—file may take a few minutes to download)
For some great tips on planning a successful school visit please visit the Random House Teachers page.