Virtual School Visit - New for 2020/2021 School Year!
More economical and flexible than an in-person school visit,
you may customize it to fit your school's size by adding Q&A sessions to provide students with a more personal author experience.
Virtual School Visit Package fee is $250 and includes:
-- a prerecorded 30-minute presentation (personalized to include your school's name and photo) which teachers may show classes at their convenience prior to their live, virtual Q&A session. Presentation shares Suzanne's journey to become an author, details about her engineering career prior to becoming an author,
the inside scoop on what illustrators do, how her book Astronaut Annie soared to the ISS and was read by an astronaut, plus a short Apollo quiz.
-- two live Q&A sessions (20-25 minutes each) via the platform of your choice (Skype, Zoom, etc.) where Suzanne will show how a book is made, do a fun science experiment, and answer all student questions. For K/1st grade, author will also read a book.
-- 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.
For a more personalized visit, schools may schedule additional Q&A sessions for $50 each.
Schools in a 30-mile radius of Libertyville IL also have the option to purchase autographed books.
In-Person School Visit (not available at this time):
Suzanne has visited hundreds of elementary schools.
She presents up to four 45-minutes sessions per day.
During this visit she shares ...
- how she became an author
- an Apollo quiz with fascinating details from her books
- 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!)
Use the form below to reserve your author visit date or ask questions.
Or email Suzanne at slade357-visit (at) yahoo.com
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!”
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.”
Media Center Director, Elm School
RJ Elementary, Metlakatla Alaska
Cards from Mr. Pepitone's Class, Mount Prospect Elementary, NH
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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!
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Group photo during a Skype visit