Interested in an author visit? I have appeared at ALA, the Illinois Reading Council, Indiana Library Federation, Connecticut Library Association and the Ohio Educational Library Media Association, as well as numerous schools and libraries spreading the message about transforming reluctant readers into eager readers, diversity in books and spreading the reading message to students.

  • Reluctant Reader presentation
    Reluctant Reader presentation
  • American Library Association audience
    American Library Association audience
  • South Central High School
    South Central High School
  • Ohio Educational Library Media Association
    Ohio Educational Library Media Association
  • Oswego High School book club
    Oswego High School book club
  • Illinois Library Association panel on Diversity
    Illinois Library Association panel on Diversity
  • Teaching at Illinois Library Association Teen Session
    Teaching at Illinois Library Association Teen Session

I am available for in-person and Skype visits.  I work with middle school and high school students. The visits are tailored to meet the needs of the library, teacher and/or school district. Click here to see details on sample programs and costs.

Take a look at the SCBWI speakers site for information on how to schedule me for your location. Then feel free to contact me


SPECIAL NOTE: Skype visits for Chicago Public Schools are always free, in-person visits are available at a reduced cost.


Teacher Guides

The teacher guides associated with my books are designed to help teachers and librarians blend the benefits of reading contemporary YA fiction with the requirements of the Common Core standards. They were put together after a group of librarians, book reviewers, teachers, readers, and authors answered a survey about the benefits of reading. The top values they noted were:
    Developing Critical Thinking
    Developing Empathy
    Having Fun (because without fun, the kids won’t keep reading)

As noted in the Common Core documentation,

such factors as students’ motivation, knowledge, and experiences must also come into play in text selection. Students deeply interested in a given topic, for example, may engage with texts on that subject across a range of complexity.

These and other values are incorporated in the following teacher’s guides (click to download a PDF copy):

Teacher Guide for the stories in Die Trying

Teacher Guide for Being God

Teacher Guide for Pull

 Copies of any AllTheColorsOfLove titles are available at a discount to teachers and librarians. Check the here for details.