AUTHOR VISITS

MICHAEL IS A CERTIFIED ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER WITH A MASTER OF FINE ARTS DEGREE IN CREATIVE WRITING FOR CHILDREN. HE HAS SEVERAL YEARS OF CLASSROOM AND OUTREACH TEACHING EXPERIENCE.   

SCHEDULING VIRTUAL VISITS FOR 2020-2021 NOW!

VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS

FREE. NO FEE!

  • Virtual Author Visit– Watch Michael read stories live, followed by student question time (25 min.)
  • Writing workshops– Pre-recorded mini-lessons, connecting student writing concepts to Michael’s writing process. Good for one-off lessons or thematic, week-long explorations. May be combined with a culminating Virtual Author Visit. (3-5 min. mini-lessons, 25 min. student activity)

More information coming soon… 

SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS

(limited in-person availability in 2020-2021)

Michael loves visiting schools and libraries with his fun and educational author visits. His visual and interactive presentations garner high-praise from both students and educators.

 

snowman BOOK LOOK younger-1 copy

(PreK-2nd 35 minutes, 3rd and Up- 40 minutes)

Michael introduces concepts of bookmaking
  • Author read aloud
  • Imagination through words
  • How to draw a snowman- three circles, a carrot, and a smile
  • How to act like a snowman- the right moves make him realistic

AUTHOR VISIT ACTIVITIES

Here are a few fun and educational activities for before and after my visit.

student activities COVER

 

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See the AUTHOR VISIT FAQ for more details.

 

Adult Praise for the Presentations

“I just wanted to thank you again for coming to visit our school. Our students really enjoyed your visit. I received a lot of feedback from teachers as well, they thought you were great!” 

Ms. S., School Librarian

“You were awesome with our little ones! I was amazed how you captivated their attention!”

Ms. S., Teacher

“The kids loved your presentation. Several teachers commented on how great you did and how good you were with the kids. You have been one of the best authors that has visited our school!”

Mrs. D., Teacher

“I especially liked the part about how many times you had to rewrite and revise your story. Thanks for sharing about how hard you worked to get the book ready to publish.”

Mrs. R., Teacher

“It was such an inspiration to our kids to meet a real author. Your presentation was great—its not easy to keep whole grade levels engaged!”

Tera B., Teacher

Adult Praise for the Books

“I just wanted to let you know that I nominated your book for the state award. The kids love it and the companion pieces every time I read them, and I think you deserve some recognition!”

Library Media Specialist

“SNOWMAN VS. YOU is a HUGE hit in my classes! The kids pull it off the shelf and take turns reading it to each other daily.”

Kindergarten Teacher

“Our Pre-K teacher read “Snowman Vs. You” to our morning and afternoon classes. They both loved it and were begging her to read it again. There was so much laughter!”

Library Media Specialist

“First, I want to tell you how much my kids have enjoyed your books. They keep requesting that I read them over and over again… They are just too fun!”

Library Media Specialist

“Reading Snowman Vs. ABC & 123 is a fantastic way of learning and having fun at the same time.”

UK Primary Teacher

“The children in my class enjoyed [Snowman Vs. ABC & 123] over a number of weeks… All the children love Snowman.”

UK Primary Teacher

Art by Anya, Harrison Street School

Student Praise for the Presentations and Books

“You are wicked cool. I love your books!” 

Sophia, Grade School Student

“I love your Snowman books! Thank you for coming!”

Leah, Grade School Student

“Thank you for coming to our school! It was fun! I had a good time.”

Journey, 1st grade Student

“The funny pictures you had… got me thinking about taking pictures and making them look funny, and then maybe writing a story.”

Jacob, 5th grade Student

“I thought your presentation was really neat. I thought it was funny what you did with your computer. I also thought your book was amazing! I had a great time. I never would have guessed that you wrote the book so many times before you published it. You write awesome books!”

Mallory, 3rd grade Student

“This is a fun book. Snowmen are the best.” 

Girl, aged 6

“I love your Snowman books! Thank you for coming!”

Leah, Grade School Student

“I liked [Snowman Vs. ABC & 123] a lot. I liked the pics and also how I learned counting. The letters were good too.”

Boy, aged 7