School Visits

I enjoy reading my books to students, talking about writing and creating books, and answering their questions! I prefer to visit schools within a two-hour drive of the Seattle area. I greatly appreciate book sales and am happy to autograph books.

For a limited time, I’m offering a few free visits. Please email me with questions or to discuss scheduling.

The Story of a Book (Grades K-6, 30-60 min.)

I’ll present one of my books and then talk about reading and favorite books, where story ideas come from and how they can change during the writing and revision process, how books get put together with illustrations and published, and how each of us can write and share stories from our own lives—the stories that matter most to us.


 Japanese Folktales and Personal Haiku (Grades 2-8, 45-60 min.)

After a short overview of Japanese folktales, I’ll read and briefly discuss my book The Crane Girl, which retells a popular folktale and includes the characters’ unspoken thoughts in haiku form. Then I’ll talk about haiku as poetry: the rules for writing haiku in Japanese, how and why some of those rules are different if you’re writing in English, and how you can write your own personal haiku that say a lot with very few words.

I currently present to single or multiple classrooms and to library or community events. A hands-on writing workshop, based around “The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read,” is also offered.

If you’re interested in a different approach or in filling a specific curriculum need, I’m happy to discuss changing my presentation to fit your needs.