Every year I receive letters and email from students all across the U.S.--and often from other countries. I do my best to be helpful, but many of the questions that I’m asked can be found in my books. If you write to me, I may post your letter or email in whole or in part on my Facebook page or use it in a speech. (If I do, I will include only your first name, the name of your school, and/or your state/country.) If you don’t hear from me right away, I am probably in the middle of a project of my own--researching it, writing it, or revising it. Be patient, please, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
For Event Organizers
I am a teacher--always have been, always will be. I like to say that I never stopped teaching, I simply changed venues. As Literacy Consultant . . .I I have always enjoyed visiting schools and have traveled to present programs to students on three continents--North America, South America, and Europe. I long ago lost count of how many schools I’ve visited, some more than once or twice. But I’ve been to schools in every state of the U.S., except for Maine and Oklahoma. (What’s up with them?!) If you would like to invite me to visit your school, please contact me by clicking the birdhouse.I do not offer virtual (Skype/Zoon/Google Hangouts) visits, as they lack the energy and give-and-take of an in-person visit. Nothing beats a visit by a real, live author or illustrator. Although I have cut back on the number of school visits I make each year, I still do enjoy traveling to meet the readers of my books. It was a difficult decision to reach, but I am unable to travel to festivals or to conferences of educators and fellow-writers, except on rare occasion. I have been blessed throughout my career with loyal readers and supporters. I thank you, and all the educators and librarians who have and I hope will continue to bring my books to our young people. Write on!