Author Visits

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


Online Book Reading and Costumed Storytelling via Zoom
With special guest Beth Anderson, author of the new book “Smelly” Kelly and his Super Senses, and Joe Hartman, NYTM Costumed Interpreter
FREE ONLINE PROGRAM, Ages:  5-12,  Length of Program: 45 minutes

  • Nov. 7: Second Star to the Right“Quarantine Book-a-Palooza” celebrating all of the unsung book birthdays of 2020 from our very own SCBWI Rocky Mountain Chapter authors and illustrators! We’ll welcome all of our local favorites in a series of 45 minute panels [I’ll be on a panel at 1pm], including some time for Q + A! Register HERE for this virtual event.
  • Nov. 28: Second Star to the Right – Virtual event featuring “Smelly” Kelly and His Super Senses – reading, book chat, and Q&A. Link coming soon. 
  • Jan 2021: Virtual visits with students as 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 via Skype.  Drop Beth a note to schedule.

School VisitsInterested in an author visit? Virtual visits are always an option!

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+

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

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