FAQ Category: School Visit Questions

Answers to questions about in-person and online school author visits by Kenn Nesbitt

Do you require payment in advance or a deposit?

I do not generally require a deposit or payment in advance. However, please keep in mind that I do pay for my travel expenses ahead of time, so timely payment is appreciated. It is customary to provide a check by the end of the day of my visit. If your district is unable to cut a check until after my visit, please send it as soon afterward as you can.

What do you need us to provide for your presentations?

In most cases, I will need you to provide the following: * A 6- or 8-foot folding table * A dry erase whiteboard with several colors of markers and an eraser. The board does not need to be large — an easel is fine — but it should be at adult height, not a children’s easel. * A bottle or glass of water I will bring everything else I need with me.

Can I use your poems in my classroom?

When you book a visit, I will send you a prep kit that includes a copy of one of my books, among other things. You are welcome to use the poems from my books and website in your classroom activities. You may photocopy them, enlarge them, illustrate them, or do just about anything you like with them to help prepare for my visit.

What size of group do you prefer?

In assemblies, I can work with groups of any size, limited only by the space you have available. My writing workshops are only for smaller groups of no more than 70 students. When working with elementary students, I prefer to present to primary students separately from intermediate students so that my program can be tailored to the age of the children.

What ages do you speak to?

I speak to groups of any age, from preschool through adult. Most of my presentations are in elementary schools, but I regularly visit middle and high schools as well. For adults, I also provide teacher in-service workshops, evening family programs, and conference presentations.

Can you visit our school for a half-day or a single program?

You are welcome to share the day and split the cost with another school in your area. In addition, if I am already planning to be in your area, I may be able to visit your school for a half day. However, it is cost-prohibitive for me to travel for less than a full-day visit. For a less expensive alternative to in-person author visits, please consider arranging an online author visit.

When will you be in my area?

You can see what cities I will be visiting by checking my appearance schedule. If your city or state is not yet on my calendar, please contact me by filling out the form at the bottom of this page. If you would like me to notify you when I am coming to your city or state, please let me know and I will be happy to do so.

How much are your travel expenses?

Travel expenses are divided between all schools visited on a given trip and are capped at $400/day. So, for example, even if it costs me $800 to get there, I won’t invoice you for more than $400 for travel. I always do my best to book additional schools. If I am able to schedule at least three days on a given trip, your cost for travel should be less than $400.