Have an Author Visit your School – Minneapolis/St. Paul

Have an Author Visit your School – Minneapolis/St. Paul

We love to share what we do because writing is fun!

Both Natasha and I love to visit school classrooms to talk to students about writing, read one of our books or give a behind-the-scenes peak at everything that goes into making a book. If you teach in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/Saint Paul) metro area, drop us a quick line about visiting your classroom.

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Sample School Visit Itinerary


  • We will briefly talk about what an author and illustrator does and how they work together to create a book.
  • With the help of our butterfly finger puppet, we’ll read a book Butterflies Don’t Chew Bubblegum to your students.
  • If you’re interested in crafts we have some related crafts and educational activities that help teach counting, colors and motor skills.


  • We will talk about writing and what it takes to get a book a book published. There are lots of people behind the scenes (like the book printer, the editor who checks the spelling) who help get a book on the shelves.
  • Then we can read a short book such as Butterflies Don’t Chew Bubblegum and answer questions about what it is like to be an author.

Lesson Plans

Butterflies Don’t Chew Bubblegum

Ages: 2-4
Activity summary: Learn counting while making a butterfly, practice lacing around a butterfly’s wings, color a butterfly.
Download Lesson Plan (pdf)

short kids repsect poem

Respect Poem

Ages: 5-7
Activity summary: Read a poem about respect and discuss what it means to be respectful.
Download Respect Lesson Plan (pdf)