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Author Visits

Whether you're all virtual, in-person, or hybrid, you can bring an author into your classroom! Kathleen's programs are adaptable for schools, libraries, homeschooling, and private groups.

Kathleen's intention for every visit is to have each and every child experience the seemingly magical power of American Sign Language. Kathleen's author visits are personal and engaging. Class participation is the expectation. Students are left with excitement and anticipation for what's possible for them and a new appreciation of sign language for d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing and the hearing world. 

What will students learn?

Introduced to 32 signs through the book

Gain an appreciation for sign

Learn the American Sign Language alphabet

Understand the power and potential ASL has to offer both d/Deaf and hearing individuals

What programs do you offer?

Kathleen provides an engaging combination of sign language instruction, sharing the power, beauty, and magical experience of ASL, and class participation. Kathleen's award-winning ASL Picture Book introduces children to 32 signs in a fun and educational story. Kathleen will explain the basics of ASL and teach the class the ASL alphabet and counting up to 10, 20, or 30, depending on the age of the students.

Gold Package $349

Intro to ASL Education, Author Book Reading, and Q+A

*This session can be adapted for preschool to 3rd grade.

  • In person: 40-50 Minutes depending upon grade level

  • Book reading: My Monster Truck Goes Everywhere with Me - Illustrated in American Sign Language

  • Q+A on Deaf awareness

  • Teach 32 signs in the book and ASL basics

  • Teach the ASL alphabet and counting up to 10, 20, or 30, depending on age

Silver Package $249

Author Book Reading, and Q+A

*Adaptable for K-Adult

  • 30-50 Minutes depending upon grade level

  • Virtual or In Person

  • Book reading: My Monster Truck Goes Everywhere with Me - Illustrated in American Sign Language

  • Q+A on Deaf awareness

Bronze Package $149

Quick Visit: Author Book Reading

*Adaptable for K-Adult

  • 30 Minutes depending on grade level

  • Virtual or In Person

  • Book reading: My Monster Truck Goes Everywhere with Me - Illustrated in American Sign Language

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will Kathleen travel for school visits?

A: Yes. Kathleen loves visiting kids all over the country. If booking for more than on day/one school in the same area/school district, discounts are available. The school pays for flight, lodging, and meals as well as author fees and per diem.

Q: Does Kathleen sell books?

A: Yes. Books can be pre-ordered and signed the day she visits your school. The time for book signing will be in additional to the program selected. When incorporating an author visit as part of your school literacy program, it just makes sense to encourage and foster a love of reading and books. A great way to do this is by continuing the excitement by giving kids the opportunity to take home a signed book of their very own.

Q: What size class do these programs work for?

A: A smaller class is preferred, that way each child is acknowledged and encouraged to engage. Class size of 10-25 is recommended. Depending on age up to 45 may be accepted.

Q: What about lunches?

A: Kathleen eats light while traveling. A great lunch is either a grilled chicken salad wrap or wrap (with dressing on the side!). A cold bottle of water is perfect. 

Also, while she does not mind eating with teachers, she prefers not to have lunch with students as she needs a little downtime between presentations. If your school usually includes an author lunch with kids as part of your program, that is fine, but please set aside a separate time that Kathleen can eat alone.

Q: How about virtual visits?

A: Yes! Virtual visits are also age-appropriate. They are a variation on the programs listed above. The presentation will just have to be adjusted because of the medium. Virtual visits are charged per session with no extra fees. The school is required to set up either Zoom or Google connections. 

Q: What is Kathleen's COVID-19 vaccination status?

A: Kathleen is fully vaccinated and is visiting virtually or in person locations that adhere to CDC recommendations.

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