Invite an Author to Class


(1) Think about children’s authors, living or dead, that you may have “met” through your reading this semester.  Select one that you would like to “invite” to visit our class. The author could be a picture book writer or illustrator, a novelist, nonfiction writer, or poet. Do some preliminary searching for information from libraries and websites. (Do not rely only on the internet – see the library worksheet link on the class website to direct you to some great library resources).  A proposal for your author visit is due on November 17.


(2) Create a poster celebrating your author, perhaps highlighting selected  books, interesting facts about the author’s life, quotations from the author, pictures of book covers, or of the author,  great quotes by or about the author, and  intriguing facts or questions that will make viewers want to read this author’s work.  Bring this to class on the night your author visits.


(3) Collect representative books by your author.  Read as many as you can, include them on your book list, and plan to bring some to class to share and display.


(4) Collect all the information that you can find about your author and place it in a notebook, or binder of some kind.  Decorate and label the cover, and create a table of contents for this folder. Your author notebook must include: (a) biographical information about your author (Something about the Author, available in Zimmerman and the Main Public Library is a great source), (b) a bibliography of your author’s books, (c) a bibliography of any articles you have been able to find written about your author, (d) selected book reviews and (e) an introduction written by you to this packet of information. Include at least one source of information from a book and one source from the internet.


(5) BRING YOUR AUTHOR TO CLASS!  These visits will be spread over the last 2 or 3 class meetings, and each one should last 10 minutes or less.  You may come as the author, or as a close family member, expert, colleague, or friend.  You can give a talk, or plant questions in the “audience” that you will respond to.  You can enlist a classmate to interview you, as on a TV talk show.  You can ask questions of the audience to draw them in.  Or, you might wish to prepare a dramatic reading or dramatization of scenes from the author’s work.  You may wish to create a literary, musical, or artistic interpretation of your author’s work.  These should be individual projects, but you can involve others in the presentation.  Your imagination is the only limit.  Above all, don’t bore us!  Whatever you choose to do, approach the project in an enjoyable and childlike way.  Think of your classmates as an audience of schoolchildren.

Author Visit Checklist



(1) Proposal (author’s name, and brief description of what you plan to do), due on November 17. 




(2) Poster:


Done? ____________________  Comments: ________________________________


(3) Book display:


Done? __________________  Comments: __________________________________


(4) Notebook of author information:


Cover? _________________  Table of Contents: __________________


(a) Biographical information : ____________


(b) Bibliography of author’s books: ______________________


© Bibliography of articles about the author: _______________


(d) Copies of selected book reviews: _____________________________


(e) Introduction written by you: ___________________


(5) In Class Presentation: ______________________________________________


Date: ___________________________ Effective use of time: _________________


Held interest of class: __________________________________________________


Quality of information presented: _________________________________________


Your own assessment of the value of this project to you: ______________________


Write a brief statement about what you learned, what went well, what could have been better.