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Author Visits

Virtual School Visit 

More economical and flexible than an in-person school visit,

you may customize it by adding Q&A sessions to provide more students with a personal author experience.

Virtual School Visit includes (Fee $300): 


-- a 45-minute live presentation via the platform of your choice in which Suzanne shares her journey to become an author, details about her engineering career and how she worked on rockets, how a book is made (research and edits), the inside scoop on what illustrators do, how her book Astronaut Annie soared to the ISS and was read by an astronaut, and an interactive Q&A session where students can ask any and all questions. 

[Note: For K/1st grades, program is 30 minutes ($200).

Author will share how a book is made and read a book.]

-- Plus links to more video resources by the author such as "How a Book is Made", book readings, and video of astronaut Anne McClain reading Astronaut Annie

Schools may schedule additional Q&A sessions for $50 each. 

Schools within a 30-mile radius of Libertyville IL have the option to purchase autographed books.

In-Person School Visit (Fully booked for 2023-24): 

Suzanne has visited hundreds of elementary schools.

She presents up to four 45-minute sessions per day.

During this visit she shares ...


- how she became an author

- how her book Astronaut Annie soared to the Space Station

- an *amazing* science experiment

- how a book is made (including research & edits)

- a behind-the-scenes video of what authors really do

- and answers to all student questions (Yes, all of them!)

*Update: Suzanne's school visit schedule is booked through 2024, so unfortunately she is unable to accept new school visit requests at this time. But she has created author videos so your class can "visit" her anytime!

Use the form below to reserve your author visit date or ask questions.

Or email Suzanne at slade357-visit (at) 

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Notes From Teachers & Students

“We had a faculty meeting this morning and I can't even begin to express how impressed our principal was with your event! The kids and teacher are still talking about it. You've truly encouraged so many children in so many ways!


Tiffany Maronpot,

3rd grade teacher, Stroudsburg Elem.

Prairie Crossing's awesome Thank Yous 

“I wanted to let you know how much we appreciated your author Skype session. You did a wonderful job connecting with the students and sharing your writing process. I especially appreciate your encouragement to the students to not give up and keep practicing their writing.


This was truly the highlight of our school year!”

 Book posters by students at Lester School 


 Wonderful letters from Mrs. Groncki's 3rd grade at Kildeer Elementary 


“Thank you so much for coming. It was a fabulous day for all of us. You did a wonderful job of combining your story, how to research, how books are made, and lots of humor that kept the kids enjoying your presentation.”

Jill Berry,

Media Center Director, Elm School

Lecia Avey, 

RJ Elementary, Metlakatla Alaska

 Cards from Mr. Pepitone's Class, Mount Prospect Elementary, NH

Out and About

 Colorful "Thank You" note from Adler School 


Reading to 300 children, Read Across America Day, 

Navy Pier, Chicago


Illinois Young Authors' Conference



Presenting COUNTDOWN at the National Book Festival, Washington DC


The awesome Anderson's Bookshop




  interview on ABC's Windy City Live 

Tara, 3rd Grade Teacher, Belle Aire School

“Thank you so much for the extremely engaging presentation! 

You were hands-down the best author visit we have ever had!  

       Thanks for inviting me!

        Adler Elementary School

        Alta Vista Montessori

        Apollo School

        Ascension Elementary

        Aspen Elementary School

        Banting Elementary School

        Barbara's Bookstore

        Barnes & Noble, Vernon Hills

        Belle Aire School

        Betsy Ross Elementary

        Brilliant Sky Toys & Books

        Butterfield School

        Canterbury Elementary

        Cherokee Elementary

        Chicago Children's Museum

        Christa McAuliffe Elementary

        Clearview Elementary

        Collins Elementary

        Compass Point Homeschool

        Cook Memorial Library

        Copeland Manor School

        Cottonwood Creek Elementary

        Country Meadows School

        Country Trails School

        Countryside Elementary

        Crocodile Pie Bookstore

        Cross Lutheran School

        Eaton Elementary

        Eccles Elementary

        Edison School

        Elm School

        Euclid Elementary

        Everett Elementary

        Fernback Science Center

        Fields School

        Ford Elementary

        Fremont Library

        Fremont School

        Glacier Ridge Elementary

        Glen Flora Elementary

        Glen Grove School

        Glendale Primary School

        Goodrich Elementary

        Greenbrier Elementary

        Harrison School

        Hickory Point Elementary

        Highland Middle School

        Highland Park Library

        Hillcrest Elementary

        Hodgkins School

        Hoffman School

        Holly Springs Elementary

        Hope Institute

        Illinois Reading Council

        Illinois Young Author's Conf.

        Indian Knoll Elementary

        IRA Conference

        ISLMA Conference

        Ivy Hall School

        James C. Bush Elementary

        Jefferson School

        Johnsburg School

        Johnson Elementary

        Kildeer Elementary

        Kinder Korner Preschool

        The King's Academy

        Lake Forest Country Day

        Libertyville Homeschool 

        Landmark Elementary

        Lester Elementary

        Lily Lake Elementary

        Little River Elementary

        Longfellow Elementary

        Mackeben Elementary

        Madison Elementary

        McHenry Library

        Meadowview Elementary

        Model School

        Mt. Prospect Elementary

        NSTA Conference

        National Book Festival

        NEA Read Across America 

        Oak Grove Elementary

        Parkside Elementary 

        Pierce Downer Elementary

        Prairie Crossing Elementary

        Politics & Prose Bookstore

        RJ Elementary

        Rockland School

        Royston Elementary

        Sheridan School

        Spring Meadows

        St. Gabriel School

        St. John’s Lutheran School

        Stephens Intermediate School

        Sycamore Elementary

        West Elementary

        Westgate School

        Westbrook Elementary

        Westfield School

        Woodbridge Library

        Woodview School

        Zion Benton Library


Politics and Prose Bookstore 

warmly welcomes COUNTDOWN

Group photo during a Skype visit 

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