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Parke.w pictures May 09I’ve always loved going to school. I’m still excited to get a new notebook filled with blank pages — and possibilities. And the smell of a freshly-opened box of crayons never fails to make me happy.

Luckily for me, I’m a children’s author, so I get to visit schools all the time! I’m also a former elementary school counselor, so I’m right at home in the classroom –as well as the library, the auditorium, and the gym. (As long as I don’t have to do push-ups!)

“Thanks so much for taking the time to visit us this week. Everyone had a great time, and you were fabulous. Hope to see you again in the future.” —Marissa Manring, Librarian, Gordon Parks Elementary, Kansas City, MO

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Here are my fees for the 2018-2019 school year:

–$800 for a full day anywhere within a 75-mile radius from St. Louis, MO.

—$1,000 for a full day requiring overnight accommodations, plus a flat fee for travel expenses. 

A full day includes four grade-level presentations or selected grade-level writing workshops, plus a shorter presentation just for kindergarteners.

“Thank you so much for a wonderful visit! The kids are still talking about it!” —Nancy Syner, Associate Librarian, University Hills Elementary, Las Cruces, NM

Ask me about half days, evening events, or a multiple-school discount. I do Skype visits, too! I’d love to hear from you! Just click on the “Contact” button and send me an email.

“A big thank you for helping us kick off our Young Authors Program. I overheard the junior-high kids talking in the hallways about their story ideas. And the connection the kindergarten students made with you was truly amazing. You are a wonderful presenter to both small groups and whole groups.” —Rhonda Goldman, Interventionist, Young Authors Sponsor, Wood River-Hartford School District, Wood River, IL


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