Author Visits

One of the great joys of being a children’s author is being able to share my love of reading and writing with kids in schools, libraries, and community groups. While the 2020-2021 school year may look a bit different with online learning and limited in-school gatherings, I will still offer my author visits virtually for the fall and winter. I hope to begin in-person visits again in spring 2021, in accordance with local health guidelines.

Rates for the 2020-2021 School Year

Virtual School Visits

Full-day (three presentations, plus an author lunch bunch and book signing): $500

Individual presentation: $175

In-Person School Visits (beginning Spring 2021)

Full-day (three presentations, plus an author lunch bunch and book signing):

  • Local (within 40 miles of Leesburg, VA): $800 (travel included)
  • More than 50 miles from Leesburg, VA: $1000 PLUS travel expenses. (Schools are encouraged to book visits together in order to share expenses.)

Half-day (two consecutive presentations):

  • Super Local (within 20 miles of Leesburg, VA): $450

Library or Community Programs

I will work with you to meet your needs and budget.

FREE Offerings

15-Minute Virtual Read Aloud plus Q&A (limited to World Read Aloud Day – early February)

Contact me for more information at laura (at) laurarenauld (dot) com


PROGRAM OFFERINGS

A Writer’s Journey (Grades K-1: 30 min. Grades 2-5: 45 min.)

When you go on a roadtrip, you need to be prepared: map your route, research your destination, pack your suitcase…. A writer’s journey is very similar. From ideas and story maps to drafts and revision, let’s take a trip!

Laura uses her background as an elementary teacher to highlight the writing process in her engaging and interactive presentation, complete with suitcase!

From Idea to Shelf: How a Picture Book Gets Made (Grades 2-5: 45 min.)

Although a writer spends a lot of time alone at her desk, it takes a whole team of people and multiple steps to bring a picture book into the world. What goes into writing the text? Who else is involved in the publishing process? Learn about all the players: author, critique partner, illustrator, agent, publisher, editor, copyeditor, reviewer, bookseller, and YOU, the reader! 


Testimonials

Laura Renauld’s presentation is engaging and connects well with the writing curriculum. Students were excited to participate in her interactive presentation.” -Marcie Atkins, Librarian, Belvedere Elementary

Laura’s presentation was wonderful. The children were engaged throughout her presentation. She made the steps for the writing process sound exciting and something everyone is capable of achieving. She knew how to engage young children and keep their interest. We love getting to know Laura as an author through her works and as a person by her sharing of personal information. She provided an energy that helped to motivate our students to engage more in the writing process and improve as authors. – First Grade Teacher, Belvedere Elementary

Not only did Laura provide a presentation that connected to the curriculum, she connected it to the school-wide read of Wishtree. Everything she did was made to fit like she was a member of the faculty and was a part of the Old Hundred ES family. The students welcomed her like the writing hero she is and were engaged from the moment she set foot in the building. – Librarian, Old Hundred Elementary