Author Visits

Ginjer is an experienced and lively school, library, teacher in-service, and conference presenter, who has appeared at hundreds of elementary schools, regional reading and writing conferences, statewide book festivals, bookstores, and libraries—and even a zoo!—since 2005.


NEW VIRTUAL VISITS!

In addition to providing adapted versions of her more typical author visit programs (see descriptions below) to be suitable for virtual presentations with classrooms or students connecting from their homes—which were tested with schools this spring after standard visits were cancelled—Ginjer is also developing the following specific sessions to tie in with curriculum and help teachers provide virtual instruction that is engaging and educational (grade levels are suggested but flexible):

What’s a Marsupial? (grades K-1)

Ginjer reads engaging passages from her books Platypus! and Pouch Babies to introduce the weird world of marsupials, nocturnal animals, and Australia. Students will also play a fun true-false listening game to test their new knowledge.

Reindeer: On the Move (grades 1-2)

Ginjer shares fun facts, myth-busters, and exciting animal adventures with select excerpts from her newest beginning reader title, Reindeer: On the Move. Along the way she will share information about migrations, adaptations, and habitats using maps and photos to provide additional content.

Jellyfish! (grades 2-3)

Ginjer takes students on a deep dive to learn all about the weird, wonderful world of Jellyfish! Her newest book covers fascinating facts about these little-known creatures, which many scientists consider to be one of the most important links in the ocean’s food chains, and how they are adapting and thriving in all watery habitats. (This book publishes in February 2021, so this program will be available beginning then.)

Habitats Are Homes (grades 2-3)

Ginjer  uses her books Life in the Amazon Rainforest and Life in the Gobi Desert to discuss the animals, plants, and people that live in these specific fascinating habitats, as well as additional content on the main types of world habitats. Professionally created activity guides will be provided to support further classroom learning and projects.

Story Starters (grades 3-4)

Ginjer invites readers to become writers and shares a super-simple formula for starting a story. She discusses the process of how a book gets made showing examples from her books and then leads students through a short story starter exercise that gives them all the ingredients they need to write their own books.

Story Sparklers (grades 4-5)

Ginjer shares her secrets for making a story sparkle with three easy tricks. She discusses the process of revision through examples from her books, talks about how editors are like teachers, and takes students through a revision exercise to show how to add sparkle to boring sentences.

Virtual visits are $200 per session or $75 for 20-minute Q&A only.

I have also partnered with Streamable Learning, an affordable, subscription-based virtual field trip and content provider. Click here to see what programs I am scheduled for this school year and to learn more.


Animals Are Fun!

Ginjer reads short books, plays a true-or-false listening game, leads the kids in an animal pretending game, and gives brief information about her background and the book process. For grades K-1 (30-45 minutes).

Buena Vista Elementary, 2010

Buena Vista Elementary, 2010

Really Reading

This program has more discussion about the book process from concept to publication. It includes longer, selected book readings with background anecdotes, interactive questions, and a question-and-answer session. For grades 2-3 (45 minutes).

PS 46 Brooklyn, 2016

PS 46 Brooklyn, 2016

Let’s Get Writing!

The same as the Really Reading program but with a fun 15-minute writing workshop and a more in-depth discussion of the research and revision processes. For grades 4-5 (45-60 minutes).

Bon Air Elementary, 2014

Bon Air Elementary, 2014

Young Authors’ Club

This 60-minute small group session (about 20-25 selected grade 4-5 students) gives promising young writers a chance to get feedback and meet the author in a more intimate, casual setting. Discussion and activities include journal writing, “show don’t tell” writing, and revision tips. Each student receives a signed bookmark and individual instruction and encouragement.

Dare Elementary, 2016

Dare Elementary, 2016

Family Literacy Night

Many schools have a Title I requirement to include parents in literacy activities, but they struggle with ways to entice families back to school for an evening program. Ginjer’s family-friendly reading night is a proven hit for getting kids and parents engaged with reading. She gives an overview of her background and how she researches and writes her books, and then she discusses five activities that parents can do with their kids to foster a love of reading nonfiction, complete with interactive reader’s theater that is always entertaining! She also provides handouts of these tips for parents to take home and bookmarks for all kids. This program is a great opportunity for kids to meet the author and get their books signed in-person. Providing pizza for families and/or making it a pajama party adds to the fun and memorable night.

Fees

Watkins Elementary, 2008

Ginjer will give up to four in-person presentations per day. Group sizes should be limited to no more than 200 students per session to keep the presentations intimate and interactive. For schools within 100 miles of Richmond, Virginia, the fee is $250 per session (minimum of two sessions). Presentations beyond that distance are $400 per session (minimum of three sessions). Schools 3 hours or more from Richmond typically require an overnight stay before the visit and include reasonable hotel expenses (plus airfare and rental car, if necessary).

Family literacy night programs are the same as the cost of one session if adding on to a full-day school visit, or the cost of two sessions if scheduling as an evening event only.

Smaller schools close to each other can share a full day, and a half day can be arranged in Richmond or when the author is already in the requested area. Travel expenses can be shared when two or more schools book together. And sometimes hotels are not necessary when the author has family or friends nearby, so please ask! All fees include driving mileage and any additional time needed for book signing.

Schools that book a full-day visit will receive a free selection of signed books to use for publicity and then keep for the school. When a visit is booked, the school will receive a complete packet of planning materials. Schools can purchase books directly from the publisher at a 40% discount and offer them for sale to students in advance of the author visit. Ginjer will personalize and sign all preordered books on the day(s) of her visit (or during the literacy night program).

For more information and to request a visit for your school, please contact Ginjer here.

Click here to check out Ginjer’s interview with Penguin Group about school visits!