Author Visits to Schools

Author visits to schools are one of the most rewarding aspects of being an author. I love watching young readers connect with the story and the illustrations. Through sharing with children, I always learn something new about myself and my book.

Author Visits Benefit Children

Author visits to schools build relationships between children and the written word, authors can inspire children to write and make connections with lessons they are learning in their classrooms.

Author visits encourage reading and writing for fun and often motivate reluctant or struggling readers and writers. After an author visit, children often see themselves as real writers and part of a writing community.


What you can expect from an author visit to your school by Karen Nespoli

If you book an author visit with me, you can expect a dedicated literacy professional who understands the relationship between reading and writing. If you want to be a better writer, you have to read, read, read. If you want to be a better reader, you have to write, write, write. I want students to think of themselves as real writers.

About Gertie Saves the Day

Gertie Saves the Day is about a groundhog who wants to be selected to predict if there will be 6 more weeks of winter or not. A competition will be held and Gertie’s class is participating. Gertie desperately wants to win. However, her classmate Jeff declares he is going to win and discourages her for being too short.

Gertie gives it her all during the competition. But is her determination enough to win the coveted role as this year’s famous groundhog? This story explores several childhood theme of competition, disappointment, kindness and friendship.


About Karen Nespoli, Ed. D. – Children’s author

Karen Nespoli is a former elementary school teacher, literacy educator, college professor and children’s book author. She loves writing children’s books and sharing her love of writing with children.

Over the years she has helped many children to write and illustrate stories. Now, through her books, author visits, and website Karen hopes to inspire, challenge and encourage children to grow as writers.

Your visit will include:

  • Reader’s Guide for all my books (electronic) sent in advance of the visit.

    This 13-page guide will extend learning into other content areas and include some fun activities.

  • One 45-60 minute read aloud presentation

    that includes Q&A sessions, a brief history of Groundhog Day and some Fun Facts about groundhogs.

  • Book bonus!

    Subject to availability, I will arrange for two signed copies of my book to be delivered to your school library before the visit.  You can add them to your collection or give them away as prizes – they are yours to use in whatever way you think best.

*Author Visit -$225.00 individual class

At present I offer virtual author visits worldwide!

More presentations are coming! Be sure to check back to see the new additions.


How do we book the author visit in our school?

You can book an author visit below. Simply fill out the form.

Will we get a recording of the session?

There are no recordings permitted without permission.

How many children are allowed to attend?

Author visits are more effective for individual classes.

I am open to presenting to several classes for an author visit.

Contact me for pricing.

How do we access the classroom materials?

The materials will be sent electronically prior to the visit.

How do we get a copy of the book prior to the visit?

Gertie Saves the Day is available on

Can we collaborate on a visit presentation?

I am open to collaborating on an author visit. Let’s talk!

Book a Visit!

Author visits are an investment in your students. Children walk away with a different perspective on reading and writing, and often are inspired to become writers.

Teachers see their lessons supported and validated as authors reinforce the importance of revision, incorporating feedback and perseverance.  Book a visit today!