5 Fundraising Ideas Kids Can Do

Last year, we wrote 21 Ways to Fund Author Visits, focusing on ideas librarians and teachers can do to raise money for equipment, special projects, and author visits. As I bought some lemonade from a neighborhood stand the other day, I realized we’d left a big part out of our list: the kids! Continue reading “5 Fundraising Ideas Kids Can Do”

How to Teach Writing Without the Process

Writing is one of the most important subjects for children’s education, but with so many ways to write, it’s also one of the most challenging to teach. That’s why we’re thrilled to have a guest post by our client Caroline Starr Rose discussing the five aspects she’s found are most important… Continue reading “How to Teach Writing Without the Process”

Lessons From Nonfiction Author Visits

Vampires, fairies and wizards make wonderful subjects for stories, but what about horses that can spell, bodybuilders with awesome strength or simply quiet eggs? These last three are all from nonfiction books, and while textbook reading assignments are often received with bored eye rolls by kids, nonfiction books such as these delight as much as they inform. Continue reading “Lessons From Nonfiction Author Visits”

5 Steps to Find Your Best Conference or Festival Speaker

Whether you’re organizing a conference or festival, you want attendees to leave with great memories. And for that, they need to emotionally connect with the speakers you present.

How to choose the right speakers isn’t as easy as looking up a list of “great speakers.” Your conference or festival needs the RIGHT speakers, and there’s an art to finding yours. Continue reading “5 Steps to Find Your Best Conference or Festival Speaker”

2017 Summer Reading List

The sun is shining, birds are singing, and summer is almost here. So there’s only one question we’re trying answer: What are we going to read?

We at The Booking Biz are always looking for new books to read and recommend. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the books we’re most excited about this summer. Continue reading “2017 Summer Reading List”

10 Amazing Results of Author Visits

You know the wonderful benefits of having authors at your schools, libraries and events. You’ve seen the smiling faces of both children and adults who are inspired by what they hear. But what about the results?

Here are 10 amazing things that happened because of an author visit by one of our clients. Continue reading “10 Amazing Results of Author Visits”

How to Make the Best Skype Author Visits

For a child (or book lover of any age), nothing beats an in-person meeting with an author or illustrator. Seeing them standing next to you. Being able to ask them questions. Watching them sign your very own copy of their book—personally, just for you.

But in-person visits are not always feasible. That’s when Skype offers the next best thing. Continue reading “How to Make the Best Skype Author Visits”

How to Choose the Best Author or Illustrator for Your Event

Many children’s book authors and illustrators spend a lot of time visiting schools and libraries to teach, inspire and encourage young readers—and even those children who aren’t so enthusiastic about reading. But with so many amazing speakers available, how do you choose? Here are some guidelines: Continue reading “How to Choose the Best Author or Illustrator for Your Event”

10 Tips For Amazing Author Visits

Author visits at schools and libraries are special days for the children in your community. They show students they too can achieve their dreams. Author visits validate the lessons teachers and librarians like you tell to kids who are always skeptical. And author visits bring books and topics to life, like writing, art, science and civil rights.

All the authors and illustrators at The Booking Biz have been vetted by us to give the best presentations at schools and libraries. But what happens before the speaker arrives is also important to the success of an author visit. Here are 10 ways to make sure your next author will be the best.

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