Bring a Nonfiction Author to Your School 

I think of my author visits as being more of a guest writing teacher. I love interacting with kids about what THEY are excited to read and write, and help them bring out the best of their writing selves. Your students will be directly engaged in my presentations while I teach them how to research their topics, how to write first drafts without stress or "writer's block," and perhaps most importantly, what revision REALLY means. I walk them through how to really dig in and get results for their writing. 

I have school visit programs  for elementary, middle, and high schools and will do three-four presentations a day, tailored to suit the needs of your students. For the older students, I can also explore Young Adult fiction--tackling tough topics.

Please Note: I have two requirements for school visits: (1) Students read (or have read to them) at least one of my books prior to my visit. (2) Students take home a book order form so that they have the opportunity to order a personally autographed book. Students are not required to buy  books, but I do ask that the school sends home an order form with each student.


My fee for a visit depends on the distance between your school and my home in Burlington, Vermont. Please note that if your school is more than 90 minutes from my house, you must book more than one day for the visit, but you are welcome to share a multi-day visit with other schools. To determine the cost for your school, consult the fee schedule below. 

A visit includes up to 4 presentations per day. Each presentation lasts approximately 50 minutes (there is potential for additional included 25-minute presentations for K-1). 




(Please note: There is a 2-day minimum for these visits. Any number of schools in the area can join together to fill the two days.) 

overnight accommodations and meals 


(Please note: There is a 3-day minimum for these visits. Any number of schools in the area can join together to fill the three days.) 

overnight accommodations, airfare, and local transportation

A Sampling of Programs:

My most popular program is Research, Writing, and Revision, which incorporates pieces of all the other programs, below. I can tailor any program to suit your needs.

Research Fuels the Author's Fire: How do we choose what to write about, infuse our topic with passion, and make our research impeccable?

Revision Revision Revision!: The art and importance of revision.

An Author's Path: How do you become a writer? Tanya talks about her background and takes kids on her journey. Customized according to age level.

The Story Behind the Story: Every book has juicy stories about the bumps and thrills along the way. We look at text & art and discuss the importance of research. 

Writer-in-Residence: For ages 8 and up. Tanya embraces a multi-day project we tailor together and works with students through completion. 

For High schools: Tackling Tough Issues: In some of my books there are topics that make people squirm. Race, gender, inequality, and sexuality may play a role. Why does an author choose to grapple with these issues and how does she defend her choices?

What Teachers and Librarians Say:

"Tanya's work with children mirrors her writing. Her wit captures the children while her expertise captures their interest in learning." --Melinda Tate, 4th/5th grade teacher

"We were all enthralled. Your presentation touched us and left us different. Please return to illuminate our lives once again." --J. Peitscher, Shelburne Museum educator and 8th grade teacher

"Tanya has a wonderful rapport with young people. She makes writing come alive."--R. Golberg, Youth Services Librarian 

"Tanya's presentation for our middle school students was one of the most engaging we've ever had. Our kids couldn't help being caught up in her passion for her topics and her writing." --Kate Messner, middle school teacher and author

"Tanya Lee Stone has been a repeat visitor in my Children's Author Studies class at St. Michael's College. Her presentations have always been one of the highlights for my students. She is honest, articulate, and can analyze the writing process in detail. One of the finest nonfiction writers working today, Tanya is also one of the best speakers I have heard talking about the creative process." --Anita Silvey, Children's and Young Adult Book Expert

"Stone's broad and deep body of work makes her an ideal guest author for groups of children...her thoughtful responses offer students insight into her creative process, research, and children's literature." --Valerie Bang-Jensen, Children's Literature specialist

What Students Say:

"You were so awesome. Your visit rocked!" --Jason, 10

"I didn't know writing could be cool." --Jake, 8th grade 

"Thanks so much for coming to our class. I didn't like books, now I do!" --Laura, 9

"You're my favorite author. You made reading and writing fun." --Britney, 11 

"Tanya is an absolutely wonderful teacher. She was always willing to work with me to help me improve my own writing, and her down-to-earth but optimistic encouragement helped me to discover how passionate I am about children's literature." --Claire B. (college student)

Please email Tanya for questions and scheduling.

Other Speaking Engagements:

For speaking engagements, such as book festivals or conferences, please contact Tanya directly

Want to have a school visit via Skype? EMAIL TANYA

Credentials: Tanya Lee Stone is the author of many critically acclaimed books and the recipient of awards such as the Sibert Medal, NAACP Image Award, Boston-Globe Horn Book honor, Bank Street Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, NCTE Orbis Pictus honors, Amelia Bloomer honors, ALA and CBC Notables, YALSA Nonfiction, NYPL Best Books for the Teen Age, IRA Young Adult Choice, and multiple state awards. She has been a featured speaker at IRA, ALA, NCTE, ALAN, Vermont Writers' League, National League of Women Voters, Texas Book Festival, New England Society of Children's Writers & Illustrators, Connecticut Reading Association, and other venues. She loves to visit schools and get kids excited about writing and literature.