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.


Two Wins for Wiley

Wiley is his team’s best hitter. With the play-offs around the corner, the pressure is on for Wiley to practice and play his best But there’s one big problem. Wiley suffers from frequent stomach aches, and they’re only getting worse.

When his coach suggests that he tries acupuncture, Wiley must make a difficult decision. He can either face his fear of needles and get better for the big game, or risk losing the play-offs as he watches from the sidelines. Will Wiley conquer his fear and bring his team to victory?

Two Wins for Wiley

Your visit will include:

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

    This 18-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!

My goal is to engage and entertain your students by supporting classroom instruction. Each visit can be individualized to meet the needs of your students.


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

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!