ABCs of an Author/Illustrator Visit, 2nd Edition

ABCs of an Author/Illustrator Visit, 2nd Edition

By Sharron L. McElmeel

Linworth Publishing, Paperback, 9781586830342, 128pp.

Publication Date: April 2001


Build excitement about reading with successful author/illustrator visits and "virtual visit" celebrations

Here's step-by-step help in organizing actual visits or "virtual" celebrations--including lively curricular activities. You'll find new models to help you gather community support, plus new ways to obtain funding and involve co-sponsors. All the necessary steps are covered: the choice of person, timing, place, equipment...getting the books, resource booklets, and videos...helping teachers publicize the event to students (including activities tied to various content areas)...and holding "proxy visits," events celebrating author/illustrator works, "Read-ins," or visits by e-mail. A number of reproducible forms help make any event flow smoothly--also aided by all the updated contact and related information in the resource section.

Expanded with more ideas, guides, and updated resource information, including websites and new books

Gives many examples of curriculum-related activities and ways to use the event to promote literacy

Presents alternatives to on-site visits, author-focused celebrations, and virtual visits

Promote enhanced literacy through an exciting celebration of books and the authors and illustrators who create them You'll build a love of reading, show connections between books (developing higher order thinking skills), and promote reading comprehension as young readers grow in authentic response to their reading.

About the Author
SHARRON L. MCELMEEL is founder of McBookwords, a literacy organization; and an instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin, where she teaches courses in children's and young adult literature. She is also a writer and educational consultant who has built a national reputation in the area of children's and young adult literature, and she is an often-requested conference speaker. She was named Iowa Reading Teacher of the Year in 1987; and in 2003 she received the Iowa Reading Association's State Literacy Award in recognition of her lifelong efforts to build literacy and literature appreciation in the community. In 2004, she was named one of the top ten online educators by Innovative Teaching newsletter. She maintains a Web site at