School Visits / Library Presentations
School visits are great fun! It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with students, teachers and librarians. I’ve been fortunate to work with hundreds of elementary and middle school kids – from preschoolers to 8th graders. My programs are highly interactive, educational and entertaining! My most popular programs include:
Success Tips for Writers
For Grades 3 – 8 (40 minutes)
What does it take to be a successful writer? Which strategies can students use to enhance their writing? I’ll answer these questions and much more in this participative program as I share my Top Five Tips for achieving writing success at any age. (Multi-media presentation.)
Join the Safari — Fun with Animal Facts!
For Grades K – 3 (35 minutes)
Join the Safari and uncover interesting animal facts! Which animal sleeps upside down? How does a dolphin sleep and swim at the same time? Which creature is the fastest in the animal kingdom? During an interactive skit presentation, students will learn how to research and uncover new information as they role play. (No technology required – author props provided for skit.)
This ensemble program is custom priced, contact for more information.
For Grades 1 – 5 (40 minutes)
Celebrate sports with the Poetry Team U.S.A.! We’re a group of Illinois authors whose poetry was featured in the award-winning anthology, And the Crowd Goes Wild! We’ve performed at many schools and Printer’s Row Lit Fest, too. During this lively program, we’ll share entertaining poems and skits with the crowd. Wear your favorite sports t-shirt and come join in the fun. Additional break-out sessions are also available after the assembly: students will learn about a new poetry form (for example, a mask or shape poem), then create their own poem. (Multi-media presentation.)
Eileen has other offerings, including Literacy Night Programs. Contact for more information.
Eileen was right on target with the Growth Mindset philosophy our school promotes. She encouraged students to persevere when writing is difficult and to not give up on a dream. ”
– Librarian, May Whitney Elementary, about the Success Tips program
The Success Tips for Writers program reinforced everything that we have been working on this school year! ”
– Principal, Issac Fox Elementary School
We loved the Safari! The skit made learning about research methods fun and entertaining. Everyone wanted to participate. You had such a nice rapport with the kids. ”
– 2nd Grade Teacher, Prospect Elementary, Join the Safari program
We look all over for presentations like what you just did – it’s hard to find. ”
– 1st Grade Teacher, Chenoa Elementary, Join the Safari program
Eileen ‘gets’ middle schoolers. Her conversational, participatory presentation manner kept my eighth graders highly engaged during the entire session. She so inspired my students that some of them began writing essays (that were not assigned in class!) that week and asked me to contact her for publisher information. ”
– 8th Grade L.A. Teacher, Lincoln Jr. High, about the Success Tips program
The staff and students LOVED having Eileen visit. The elementary kids are very impressionable at this age and truly take what a presenter says to heart. We had more kids wanting to write their own story after Eileen left . . . so I know that she made a true impact on them. ”
– Principal, El Paso Elementary Schools, about the Join the Safari program
Here are a few things I need for my program:
• A table for my props (1 large table should work)
• If you’ve selected my multimedia presentation, Success Tips for Writers – I’ll need an overhead projector to display Power Point from my laptop.
• A room, such as the library or gym, where we can gather. Students may sit on the floor, leaving enough space for an aisle down the middle of the group.
• A bottle of water would be great!
Here are some suggestions for a successful Author Visit:
• Once we have booked a date, please provide a detailed schedule before the visit.
• Please allow a 10-15 minute break in between each session, and a lunch-break for full-day sessions.
• Maximum number of students in each session is 200. (Smaller groups work best for the youngest students.)
• It’s helpful to have the principal, librarian, or a teacher introduce me to start each session.
• It works well if the students have seen my books and heard of me before I visit. Some librarians post a short author Q&A on the library bulletin board. Some hold a student art contest (ex. illustrate a baseball pennant for my book, Ballpark – or create an animal illustration for my book, Sweet Dreams, Wild Animals!). Schools provide one of my books as a prize for the contest winner(s).
• Let teachers, students and parents know that my website has downloadable Activity Guides for each of my books – there are crafts, puzzles, bingo, poem templates and other activities.
• I’ll provide you with a book flyer that may be sent home with students ahead of my visit. Book sales aren’t required, but it helps spark an interest in books, writing and the author visit. We can discuss details once a visit is booked.
• 2 programs (half day) – $400, or 4 programs (full day) – $800.
• One option to consider is to “share” the Author Visit with another school. For example, I could visit one location in the morning, and the second location in the afternoon if you wanted to share half or full day fees within a school district. Sometimes PTOs or local foundations (via a grant request) will help fund an Author Visit. If the number of sessions required at your school is slightly different than this schedule – contact me via email. We’ll see what we can work out to help bring an author to your school!
• Travel expenses (mileage) will be paid by the school. For visits outside the Chicago area, additional expenses for lodging or meal(s) may be required.
• Payment for services provided is due the day of the program.
• Contact me if interested in a Skype Visit.
Eileen Meyer lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and sons. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and volunteers with the local chapter. When she’s not writing or visiting schools, Eileen likes to cheer for the Chicago Cubs and spend time with friends and family.