OUT & ABOUT
What fun I've had presenting and signing books at these schools, libraries, conferences, book stores, events and even on TV. I'm thankful for their invitations and warm hospitality. I'd love to add your group to this list! See below for presentation details.
Angel Charity for Children
Arizona Book Festival, Phoenix
AZ Omicron Alpha Delta Kappa
Arizona Reading Association State Conferences
Arizona State Library Association Annual Conference
Arizona Young Authors' Conferences, Casa Grande
Barnes and Noble Educator's Day
Barnes and Noble Story Time
Bookman's Children's Authors Book Fair
Borders Children's Book Week Reading
Cottonwood Elementary School, Casa Grande
Country Meadows Elementary, Peoria
Delta Kappa Gamma
Dusenberry-River Center Branch Library
Eckstrom-Columbus Branch Library
Geasa-Marana Branch Library
Happy Trails Preschool
Himmel Park Branch Library
Joel D. Valdez Main Library
Kirk-Bear Canyon Branch Library
KUAT PBS Channel 6--Arizona Illustrated
Libraries Limited Annual Luncheon
Marana Youth Arts Festival
Mesa Verde Elementary School
Mesquite Elementary, Gilbert
Miller-Golf Links Branch Library
Mission Branch Library
Murphy-Wilmont Branch Library
North Mountain Park
Oro Valley Library Book Festival
Palm Valley Elementary, Litchfield Park
Quincie Douglas Branch Library
R.H. Johnson Library
Rio Salado Community College
Sabino Canyon Bookstore
Santa Rosa Branch Library
Sonoran Science Academy
Southwest Branch Library
St. Andrews Preschool
St. Marks Preschool
Sunshine School, Oro Valley
Tucson Festival of Books
Twin Peaks Elementary School, Marana
Valencia Branch Library
Westwind Primary School, Phoenix
Wheeler Taft Abbett Branch Library
Whole Foods River Road
Wickenburg Holiday Market
Woods Memorial Branch Library
Yarnell Elementary School
and Store Visits
PreK, Kindergarten, Library, 15 min.
Counting Little Geckos Story Time
“Thank you for a wonderful story time.” Dawna
"Thank you--great presentation." Miss Carmen
Ideally limited to one class per presentation.
Interactive, book reading with rain stick,
gecko song and hand stamp, book signing
Grades 1 - 2, 30 min.
Grades 3 - 6
Reading Guess Who's in the Desert,
Q/A about being an author.
WOW Writing/Tips for Young Authors, 45 min.
(Interactive! My most popular presentation.)
"I've heard nothing but praise from my faculty and students!" Elaine
"It was amazing, exciting, and you also made me giggle!" 3rd grade student
"Thanks for the awesome advice. I think we will get awesome scores on our AIMS test."
5th grade student
“Yesterday you presented Ace AIMS Writing to my son’s class and he came home raving
about you! I’m a literacy coach at a school in Phoenix and would love to bring you here to
talk to our
third and fourth grade students.” Jennifer Cooper
Two classes may be combined. Secrets that lead to quality writing, based on
5 yrs. experience scoring grades 3-11 standardized test essays.
A full day includes a maximum of four presentations.
Please allow 10-15 minutes between sessions and remember
factor in time for lunch and book signing.
If neighboring schools wish to split the cost of a full-day visit,
Charline can spend the morning at one school and visit the other in the afternoon,
giving two presentations at each school.
smart board and computer or overhead/document projector and large white screen or wall area for viewing,
room which can comfortably
accomodate audience and can be darkened
(Please no gym or cafeteria settings.), small table, chair
15-30 min. presentations: $100 each
45 min. presentations: $300 each
Add $100 to fees + expenses for travel, lodging, and meals.
Out of State:
Full day: $1,500 + expenses for travel, lodging, meals
Store Visits, Free
Book readings after which children can have their hand stamped
with a gecko and/or a roadrunner
and have their books personalized.
Tips for a Successful Author Visit
Enlist the support and enthusiasm of your faculty and colleagues. Consider inviting homeschoolers, parents and local media represenatives. The media can bring your school positive promotion.
Set several possible dates and plan early. Making contact in the spring for a visit in the fall or spring of the following year is advisable.
Please remind teachers to remain in the room and to
participate in the author's presentation. This has a positive influence on student behavior and allows for more in-depth follow-up after the presentation.
Teachers should brainstorm with students about questions they might ask the author. Older students can write questions to be pulled from a 'hat' as time allows.
The library or resource room are good settings for
presentations. Make sure the room can be darkened for use of A/V equipment.
Many schools hold a book sale or apply for a grant to help offset author's fees.
Preorder the author's books well in advance of the visit.
Team up with neighboring schools in your district to share expenses.