School and Library Visits

I love coming to schools and other venues to talk about books and writing! I'm available to speak with children of all ages, teens, and/​or adults about the writing process. Because I write for a wide range of readers, I have books that appeal to both younger and older students. Please feel free to contact me for book suggestions for each grade.

My presentations include:

  • readings
  • discussion of the writing process
  • visuals showing the different stages of book production (first draft, revisions, artist sketches, etc.)
  • question and answer periods

My current fee for school visits is $1600/​day; for visits requiring an overnight stay, the fee is $2000. Travel, hotel, and meal expenses (if applicable) must also be covered by the school. Visits include up to three presentations, book signing of all ordered books, and an informal lunch with selected students or teachers (if desired). I'm happy to visit more than one school on a trip, if you would like to partner with a nearby school to share travel costs.

EXCITING NEWS! Author/​illustrator Matt Phelan and I are now available to visit schools together to talk about creating our new picture book, Marilyn's Monster, as well as other aspects of writing and illustrating. It's a great opportunity to share with students the different roles authors and illustrators can play in the process and how we each contribute to the finished book. Please contact Matt or me directly for more information about booking us for a joint visit.

Fees for public libraries and professional conferences vary; please contact me for more information.



TESTIMONIALS

"I highly recommend Michelle Knudsen as one of the best authors to visit your school. Our children were already enchanted with her books, and her visit served to cement her already goddess-like status in their eyes. During her presentations, the students were so engaged you could have heard a pin drop — no easy feat, I can assure you. The explanation of her writing process was clear, age-appropriate, and easily understood, as was borne out by the cogent questions the children asked during the question/​answer period. The children immediately connected with Michelle’s comfortable and warm personality and I only hope we get to have her back again some day. We cannot wait for her new books to come out!"
— Erica Moon, Media Specialist
Rice Elementary School
Marlton, NJ



“Michelle Knudsen gave an informative and interesting presentation for our students at Knight Elementary School. As a writer of so many children's books, she appealed to all of our students, kindergarten through grade 5. The students enjoyed having the opportunity to ask questions at the end of her presentation and during lunch when she met with a small group for 50 minutes. The first graders loved her quick response to their email questions too. What a wonderful opportunity to meet with an author who demystifies the writing process and personalizes her wonderful books!”
— Mary Sindoni, Librarian
A. Russell Knight Elementary School
Cherry Hill, NJ



“Michelle Knudsen’s author visit to our elementary school was fantastic! Michelle tailored her presentation to each of our primary, intermediate, and upper grades and was well-received by each audience. She provided valuable details about the writing process and shared visuals of her writing at various stages in the process of completing her books. Ms. Knudsen allowed ample time for student questions and answered each question age-appropriately. The students were engaged, energized, and excited about reading and writing!”
— Lisa Hanna, Teacher-Librarian
Butler Elementary School
Central Bucks School District, Doylestown, PA



“Michelle Knudsen was a joy to have at our school! The students loved her approachable and friendly personality, the props and information in the presentation, and her wonderful books. The presentation was well-crafted and included some great information about the writing process, some interesting science facts, and a deftly handled question and answer session. The teachers were very impressed, and some have told me that they’ve referred to Michelle’s writing process discussion while teaching writing in their classrooms. Michelle was easy to work with and kept smiling for the entire visit — I hope we can have her back!”
— Emily Richards, Library Media Specialist
Davis Elementary School
Malone, NY



"Our students were very excited in the days leading up to Michelle Knudsen’s visit to our school, and were not disappointed by it in the slightest. Her presentations were visual, interactive, and interesting. They exposed us to her works, gave us insight as to what the life and work of an author involves, and inspired us to continue reading and writing ourselves. She also ate lunch with our middle school students, who loved having the opportunity to chat with her personally after having read her middle grade novels. She was friendly, open, and willing to answer all questions — even encouraging students to email her with more afterwards. Our kids were delighted to receive the signed copies of her books they’d purchased, and to get started reading right away!"
— Librarians of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County
New Milford, NJ



"Ms. Knudsen approached her dialog in her warm, personable, and gentle manner that caught the attention of Willits students and kept them engaged throughout her presentation. Our students learned many valuable lessons from her constructive discussions and acquired considerable knowledge about the writing process and the process of bookmaking. Many of our aspiring authors can now use these useful techniques to launch their future careers!"
— Margaret J. Liss, Library /​ Media Specialist
A.P. Willits School
Syosset Central School District



SCHEDULING AN AUTHOR VISIT

If you are interested in having me visit your school or library, please contact me directly for further information on programs, fees, availability, etc.

photo credit: Joe Olenick, Lockport Union Sun & Journal

ORDERING BOOKS

Please be sure to allow enough time for the books to arrive! Ordering at least 4–6 weeks ahead of time is a good idea. I will sign all ordered books on the day of the visit (following each presentation, in between presentations, or at the end of the day). You can order books through the bookseller or wholesaler of your choice, or directly from the publisher:

  • For Candlewick Press books, please email authorvisits@​candlewick.com.

  • For Kane Press books, please see ordering information on the Kane Press website.