Grande comes to speak at your junior high school, high school,
or college/university, students will be inspired to read, write,
and learn more about the process of creating books. Plan in
advance and consider recruiting help from teachers, students,
parents, staff, and volunteers in order to turn this literary
event in to a meaningful experience. Here are a few things to
consider about getting organized for the event:
To have Reyna visit and present her work at your school, please
contact her at email@example.com to discuss date, honorarium,
schedule, location, and any equipment or materials the author
will need. Also provide information about age group, number of
sessions (maximum of three), number of students per session, and
any special needs of your school.
The host is responsible for an honorarium due the day of the
visit or shortly thereafter. If there is travel involved, the
host is responsible for travel cost, lodging, and meals unless
honorarium is all-inclusive. Please discuss arrangements and
details with Reyna.
The most effective way to ensure a successful author visit is
having students read her books in advance. Read and discuss the
author work with the students and consider having them complete
an individual or class project based on one of her books. Click
here to download lesson plans for Across a Hundred Mountains.
Click here to download lesson plans for Dancing with
Butterflies. If this is not an option, considering sharing a
chapter of her book, her biography, and articles written about
her so that the students will have some information prior to her
BOOKS SALES AND
Reyna Grandeís visits include a book-signing session. You can
order from a bookstore, Simon & Schuster, or Reyna would be
happy to bring copies of her books for sale. Please remember
that books should be ordered two to three months in advance to
secure copies and allow time for shipping.
Ask faculty, teachers, PTA members and students to find creative
ways to promote the event. Consider contacting your local media
announcing the event and invite them to attend.
Building Enthusiasm for the Author Visit
One of the most effective ways to make an author visit a success
is to build enthusiasm. Here are some ideas that you can use at
Before the Visit
Start the buzz! Talk about the event, the author and her books
to administrators, teachers, students, parents, volunteers, etc.
- Read and discus the author's
books with the students. Encourage the staff to read them too!
- Ask your librarian to select
and supply teachers and students with books that relate to the
subject or themes of the author's books. If necessary, books
can be borrowed from the public library or other schools.
- Encourage teachers to
integrate the author's books with the curriculum and to work
in the class.
- Display the author's books
at the library or create a display of cover books in the
- Have students prepare
questions for the Author on the day of the visit.
- Organize a contest and have
the winners receive autographed books the day of the event.
- Have students make posters,
banners or bookmarks related to the themes in the books.
- Organize a student art
exhibit in response to the themes of the books.
- Coordinate students to
interview the author for the school newsletter or newspaper.
- Have students write a review
of one or more of the Authorís books.
- Invite parents join their
children at the event.
- Select and prepare students
to introduce the author in a creative and lively way. Research
about the author would be required. Some places where to find
more information are the inside flap of books and the web.
- To learn more about Reyna
Grande's life and work visit
- Publicize the event through
the school newsletter.
The Day of the Event
The celebration begins! Enjoy
After the Event
- Set opportunities and time
for students to reflect, write, read, and create inspired by
- Write a class letter and
send it to the author. (Students can write to Reyna at
- Encourage your students to
write a book review of one of Reyna's books and post it on
- Organize students to read,
nominate, and vote for the author's books for your state
reading award. You can find a complete list of link to the
state awards at
*This information was provided by author Yuyi Morales.