Every year I receive letters and email from students all across the U.S.--and often from other countries. I do my best to be helpful, but many of the questions that I’m asked can be found in my books. If you write to me, I may post your letter or email in whole or in part on my Facebook page or use it in a speech. (If I do, I will include only your first name, the name of your school, and/or your state/country.) If you don’t hear from me right away, I am probably in the middle of a project of my own--researching it, writing it, or revising it.
For Event Organizers
I am a teacher--always have been, always will be. I like to say that I never stopped teaching, I simply changed venues. As Literacy Consultant . . .I have always enjoyed visiting schools and have traveled to present programs to students on three continents--North America, South America, and Europe. I long ago lost count of how many schools I’ve visited, some more than once or twice. But I’ve been to schools in every state of the U.S., except for Maine and Oklahoma. (What’s up with them?!) It was a difficult decision to make, but after thirty-two years of visiting schools, I have decided to semi-retire from school visits. I still do a couple each year, just to keep up with young people. If you would like to invite me to visit your school, please contact me here. I do not offer virtual (Skype/Zoom/Google Hangout) visits, as they lack the energy and give-and-take of an in-person program. Nothing beats a visit by a real, live auhor or illustrator.Unfortunately, my commitments also require me to cut back on the number of book festivals and educational/writing conferences I speak at, as preparation for them and travel to them are very time consuming.That said, I enjoy mingling with educators and fellow writers when time permits. If you have interest in inviting me to your school, conference, or to participate on a panel, please contact me here.I have been blessed throughout my career with loyal readers and supporters. I thank you, and all the educators and librarians who have and I hope will continue to bring my books to our young people. WRITE ON!