School Visits


We have a few dates available for the 2016-2017 school year. Our school program uses THE PLOT CHICKENS to show how to write a story. Henrietta, the chicken who learned to read in SOUPERCHICKEN, writes a book and shows how to find a main character, develop a plot, and build suspense by using all of the five senses. Our presentation also shows how we combine traditional painting and digital art. Our first three books using this technique are THE PRINCESS AND THE PIZZA, SOUPERCHICKEN, and POULTRYGEIST. The illustration process for CHICKERELLA and BEAUTY AND THE BEAKS includes sculpted characters and 3-D scenery.

Our target age group is Grades 3-5. We do UP TO THREE PROGRAMS per day for groups of 75-100. We can be somewhat flexible, but making groups larger definitely hinders our interaction with the children.

Your students will get much more out of our visit if you have read one of our novels to them -- I WAS A THIRD GRADE SCIENCE PROJECT, I WAS A THIRD GRADE SPY, I WAS A THIRD GRADE BODYGUARD, A DOG ON HIS OWN, JOURNEY TO NOWHERE, WING NUT, ONE-HANDED CATCH, GUITAR BOY, ONE PLUS ONE EQUALS BLUE, or ASHES OF ROSES. If the students have read one of these books, we will feature it in our presentation and they will be able have a conversation with us about the characters and plot. Students who are prepared before our visits are animated and involved in the question and answer period with hands waving for questions up until the last available minute. That is what gets them excited about their own writing and illustrating!

Our daily fee is $2500. This includes all of our travel and lodging expenses.

If you are the media specialist who handles author visits in your school, please e-mail us for more information. Please be sure to give the address of your school. If we have booked other visits in your state, it will be easier to fit in a trip to your school.

EQUIPMENT NEEDEDFor locations within driving distance from Rochester, NY, we bring our own laptop computer and digital projector. For schools beyond driving distance, we'll bring our laptop, but the school will provide a digital projector.


1. Two microphones

2. Small table for laptop and projector

3. Extension cord with at least two outlets

4. Projection screen

5. A room that can be darkened during the presentation.