© 2019 by Natasha Yim
 

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I love to visit classrooms, schools, and libraries. One of the joys of being an author is to connect with my target readers — kids! I would love to meet with your students and answer their questions.

Please check out my school visit program and fees below. I can customize my visit to fit your class' needs and curriculum. Email me with any questions, and to arrange a time and date. I'm also available for Skype, Zoom or Google Hangout visits.

I like to communicate with the teacher(s)/librarian before the visit to discuss the area of focus. This varies with the book and age group of your students as well as the time allotted for the visit. Do you want a reading and Q & A? Or something more interactive such as a writing-related activity? Do you want the focus to be on the story or on the writing and research process or something that ties into your curriculum?

Here are some program options for the following grade levels:

Kindergarten to 2nd grade

Recommended books: Goldy Luck & the Three Pandas, The Rock Maiden

 

  • Book reading

  • How does a book become a book? (A visual presentation of the transformation from author's manuscript to black and white sketches to final published book)

  • Book reading with arts and crafts (chinese lanterns, red envelopes, panda/Goldy Luck puppets, origami sampans [boats])

3rd grade to 6th grade

Recommended books: Goldy Luck & the Three Pandas, The Rock Maiden, Mulan's Lunar New Year, Cixi, The Dragon Empress, Sacajawea of the Shoshone

 

  • Book reading

  • How does a book become a book? (A visual presentation of the transformation from author's manuscript to black and white sketches to final published book)

  • Book reading with arts and crafts (chinese lanterns, red envelopes, panda/Goldy Luck puppets, origami sampans [boats]) for the younger grades, writing activities for the older grades (re-writing your own fairy tales, brainstorming ideas with mind-mapping, creating characters, plot structure using the 5 W's)

6th grade to 8th grade

Recommended books: Cixi, The Dragon Empress, Sacajawea of the Shoshone

  • Presenting the story of Cixi, the last empress of China and/or Sacajawea, the Native American princess who traveled the West with Lewis and Clark through visual power points.

  • Writing and research process

  • Presentation of Cixi and/or Sacajawea with activities (Creating bio cubes, partner interviewing, Jeopardy!, writing exercises)

For more information, please download the School Visit Information document below. 

Upon the conclusion of the visit, I will donate a book of the teacher's or students' choice to the school library or the classroom.

Ukiah, CA., area schools — $50 per one hour visit per day.  This can be configured as an hour auditorium visit, one hour classroom visit, or two half-hour classroom/auditorium visits.

 

Outside of Ukiah, CA., in Mendocino County — $200 (includes transportation costs) for up to two one-hour sessions, plus accommodations if needed.

 

Outside of Mendocino County — $350 (includes transportation costs within 150 miles from Ukiah) for up to two one-hour sessions, plus accommodations if needed. Additional sessions can be added for $50/hour. Plane fares are not included. Sessions can be configured in 30 min. segments or 1 hour segments or a combination of both depending on age groups and classroom preferences. If you live beyond 150 miles, and would still like a visit, please contact me to discuss how I can best connect with your school/classroom and students.

 

Outside of California — $800 plus travel expenses (food, lodging, and transportation costs where appropriate) for a full day (up to 6 hours).

Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts — $75

  • Click the CONTACT ME button at the bottom of the page.

  • Email me your request and several dates/times that would work for your school and students. 

  • After confirming dates & times with you, I will send you or your school a Letter of Agreement and an

         Invoice detailing my visit and author fee.

  • I will stay in communication with you regarding the author visit program you want and any AV needs.

  • Prior to the visit, I'll send you the Book Order form to pass out to your students and families should they wish to purchase a signed copy of one of my books which I will bring with me and deliver to the student during my visit. You can also download the Book Order form below.

The secret to a successful school or author visit is PREPARATION! Here are some fun ways to help your students get ready for an author visit.

BEFORE THE VISIT

  • Read or have your students read the author's book(s).

  • Do a research project on the author (where is the author from? What kind of books does he/she write? How did he/she become an author?) This information is usually available on the author's website or through a Google search. To find out more about me, visit my Bio page.

  • Do a class project around the author or his/her work (a collage, book jacket, poster etc.)

  • Prepare a list of questions to ask the author. Here are some examples of questions you might ask: https://www.teachervision.com/suggested-author-interview-questions.

  • Create something fun to welcome the author to your school/class (a welcome sign, assign a welcome committee or student ambassador). It helps the students connect with the author on a personal level. 

THE DAY OF THE VISIT

  • Welcome the author to your school. Every author loves a warm welcome!

  • Listen respectfully.

  • Ask questions.

  • Have fun!

AFTER THE VISIT

  • Authors love receiving letters and cards from students!

  • Make a group thank you or create individual ones.

My goal as an author is to make sure your students have fun, learn something about the writing, editing and research process, encourage the love of stories and reading, and for me to connect with my readers. I welcome all feedback, so please let me know what you think of my visit and what you might like to see on future visits.