Given today’s tight school budgets, there is not a enough time in the day, not to mention the logistics of such an event, why would anyone want to think about hosting an author/illustrator visit? Now, look at this from the opposite perspective: Given today’s tight budget, let me show how a shared event can benefit all students, everyone is vested and will want to be part of this wonderful experience, and the benefits tremendously outweigh any shadow of a doubt! Students deserve and need to see authors and illustrators talk about the creation of the books they read. When done right, author/illustrator visits could be the pinnacle of collaboration for a school event. Learn the basics of hosting author/illustrator visits and how you can build an event sure to leave your students, staff and faculty wanting to learn more before, during and after the event!
Better understand how to create opportunity for ALL students: with the teaching and learning process through reading, writing, and thinking, listening and speaking with author / illustrator events.
Model collaboration involving all content areas, to include all elective classes to support author/illustrator visits (For example: commercial by student run-broadcasting class or a newspaper article from the journalism class).
Build on your knowledge base of funding sources to bring this event to fruition.
Supervisor of Library Media Programs and Research,
Prince William County Schools