I love sharing my passion for books and the natural world with readers of all ages! I am currently booking speaking events for the 2018-2019 school year, with a particular focus on how I use the WISE(R) Inquiry Model to create my books. My events are a dynamic, behind-the-scenes look at my entire bookmaking process, from the initial ideas and on-location research to the hundreds of hours put into the final art. Using sketches, photos, humor, and footage from the field, I deliver a unique presentation on what I do and what I’ve learned: What goes into a nonfiction picture book? How do I use inquiry to find my voice? What kinds of failures have led to my biggest breakthroughs? I am happy to work with you to customize my talk to fit the needs of your event. Please use the form below to contact me about speaking at your school, library, or conference. Thank you!
2018–2019 SCHOOL YEAR—NEARLY BOOKED!
I am nearly booked for author events for the 2018-2019 school year. Priority for remaining openings will be given to Willamette Valley schools, teacher/librarian training events and conferences, and to schools planning a major event (such as a one-book, all-school project) around one of my titles. Please read through the following information and contact me using the form below.
Author Visit (a 45- to 60-minute, in-person presentation)
My new nonfiction picture book, How to Be an Elephant, follows a newborn baby elephant as she learns what she’ll need to know to grow up, and my presentation is a dynamic, behind-the-scenes look at my whole bookmaking process, from my on-location field research in Kenya to the many drafts and sketches that went into making the final text and watercolor illustrations. I also give presentations on Otis and Will Discover the Deep, by Barb Rosenstock, and on my first nonfiction picture book, Neighborhood Sharks, which follows a great white shark as it hunts for its favorite food at the Farallon Islands, and was named a Robert F. Sibert Award Honor Book in 2015 for excellence in nonfiction.
Story Illustration Workshop (a 1.5- to 2-hour, in-person workshop, 14 students max)
How do you turn a passage of text into an illustration that tells a story? Where do you start, how do you brainstorm, and what are the clues that make it all work? We start by selecting a passage or two from a nonfiction book or novel and discuss how to think about illustrating it, and then students will respond to the “assignment” by doing their own sketches, which we’ll then talk about as a group. At the workshop’s halfway point, I do a slideshow presentation about the process I go through for one of my books (selecting the right moments, point of view, clues to include in a drawing, etc.) and also show some fun stuff from behind the scenes. The workshop concludes with another round of sketches, which can either be revisions of the first ideas or a new direction altogether.
SPEAKING FEES FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR
Local School Visits (Willamette Valley and Central Coast, Oregon only)
If I can get to your school and back again between 8AM and 4PM on a regular school day, I typically charge $350–$500 for a morning or afternoon of two back-to-back school presentations, which includes a bonus session (such as a book signing, or perhaps a meet and greet with one of your student clubs). If this is out of your budget, please let me know what you’re able to do and we’ll see if we can make something work. Skype calls are also a great option for schools on a tight budget.
Travel School Visits (overnight and out-of-state trips)
If getting to your school requires a flight, a hotel room, a rental car, and/or a lot of tricky childcare logistics for my family, my speaking fee for school visits typically starts at $1,200 a day plus all reasonable travel expenses and a two-day minimum. My visit will include up to four presentations a day, along with a bonus session (such as a book signing, or perhaps a meet and greet with one of your student clubs). I am also happy to work with you to find other interested schools in your district that may be able to share in my travel costs to make my visit more affordable.
Thanks to the power of the Internet, I can talk to students anywhere in the world from my studio! My Skype (or Google Hangout) classroom visits cost between $0 and $50 (on a pay-what-you-can basis) and last approximately 25 minutes plus 5 minutes of Q&A. Since this format is an abbreviated version of my in-person talk, students will get the most out of my visit if they have already read my book and want to learn more about my research and process. I also encourage teachers to show their students one or two of my book-related videos ahead of our Skype call, which can be found in my online Media Gallery.
Last updated 10/02/2018
HOW TO BE AN ELEPHANT
What does it take for a baby African elephant to grow up on the savanna? Katherine Roy's second nonfiction book from Roaring Brook / David Macaulay Studio.
How do San Francisco’s great white sharks hunt their favorite prey every fall? Katherine Roy’s author/illustrator debut from Roaring Brook / David Macaulay Studio.