Author Visits

All in person visits are on hold. Stay safe. Stay well!

Now scheduling virtual visits for 2021-22.


Feb 2: World Read Aloud Day! Scheduling free author 20 min visits. Visit Sign Up Genius to claim your spot.                

Feb. 10 – CCIRA (Colorado chapter of IRA) Conference in Westminster: SCBWI panel and booth 


Kidlit Distancing Social with Laura Backus, catch the recording HERE!

Story Frames for Teaching Literacy: Children’s Author Panel on Promoting Storytelling HERE!

WEBINAR: Writing the Modern Picture Book Biography from Children’s Book Insider  HERE!

Ongoing virtual visits with students as a culminating activity in the Long Island Museum “Vehicles for Change” virtual interactive program.

The program on Elizabeth Jennings uses Lizzie Demands a Seat and addresses content areas, ELA and Literacy Standards, as well as social emotional learning (SEL), Teaching Tolerance: Social Justice Standards, and culturally responsive educational (CRS) principles. If interested in bringing the program to your school, contact


Free Virtual VisitsBeth would love to visit with students and answer their questions. She offers FREE 30 minute informal visits.  Drop Beth a note to schedule.

School VisitsInterested in an author visit? Virtual visits are always an option! Here are the presentations I offer.

An Inconvenient Alphabet:

  • Interactive Reading, brief overview from idea to book, Q&A (30-45 min.)
  • The Writing Process from Idea to Book –  (45 min.) grade 3 +. Students come away with an organizer to use for their own writing.

Lizzie Demands a Seat:

  • Reading +brief look at history,  Q&A (30-45 min) grade 2+
  • In Search of Elizabeth Jennings, the Person Inside the History, (45 min.) grade 3+
  • Path of Inspiration Activity  (option for in person visit)

“Smelly” Kelly and His Super Senses:

  • Pre-reading, Reading + Q&A – (30-45 min), grade 1+
  • Sniffing Out Story: Discovering James “Smelly” Kelly’s World (45 min), grade 2+
  • From Inspiration to Book: Building story. The writing of “Smelly” Kelly and His Super Senses (45 min), gr 3+

Additional options:

  • Sensory Language: An exploration of the use of sensory language in Lizzie Demands a Seat and “Smelly” Kelly & His Super Senses
  • How Do You Get to Know a Character? Uses Lizzie Demands a Seat, optional foldable. grades 3+

Tad Lincoln’s Restless Wriggle:

  • A Peek into the Process from Idea to Book. The writing process in action + Q&A, 30-45 min., grade 2 and up

Please contact Beth for pricing and availability.


  • Navigating the Author’s Journey
  • Crafting Point of View: From Eye-Witness to Heart-Witness

Please contact Beth for pricing and availability.

9/25/18   Book Launch Party   

11/9/18 Woodview Elementary School, Grayslake, IL (Beth’s alma matter!)

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Thank you, Ms. Lipshaw’s class at Moraine Elementary, for this awesome poster for our Skype visit! Ben and Noah would be proud of your reformed spelling!!
So much fun Skyping with 11 schools for World Read Aloud Day, Feb., 1, 2019!!
World Read Aloud Day 2/20
New York Transit Museum 2/20
Books of Wonder panel 2/20 NYC with illustrator E.B. Lewis
CCIRA panel Denver 2/20

Beth Anderson

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