As an author and illustrator I am incredibly excited to share my passion for making books with readers of all ages—especially books on sharks and elephants!
Each school or library visit begins by talking about my life as an artist and a non-fiction writer, and then goes through the steps of creating a story from start to finish—the idea, the hands-on research, the oh-so-scary first marks on the page, and the hundreds of labor-intensive hours it takes to complete the book—and concludes with a Q&A. My multi-media presentations include research footage for Neighborhood Sharks and/or How To Be An Elephant, along with behind the scenes videos, rough drafts, and sketches galore. The length and target grade level for my presentation is flexible and can be tailored to any school’s or library’s needs.
If you’d like to discuss setting up a visit to your school or library please use the form below. Thank you!
2017–2018 SCHOOL YEAR
I’m nearly booked for the remainder of the 2017–2018 school year! I may still be able to squeeze in one or two more author visits in the spring. Priority will be given to local schools and/or to schools planning a major event (such as a one-book, all-school project) around one of my titles. If you’re interested in having me do a presentation or workshop with your students, 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 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, 12 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 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR
Local School Visits (Willamette Valley and Newport, Oregon only)
If I can get to your school and home again during regular workday business hours, I typically charge $350–$450 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 $1,250 a day plus all reasonable travel expenses, with a two-day minimum and 50% of the speaking fee due upon booking. My visit will include up to five 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 $50 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.
Story Illustration Workshop
Coming soon; last updated 1/18/2018
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.