Hoping you are staying well! And sane.
My daughter and her husband, both teachers, are scrambling to adjust to virtual teaching because of the need to close schools due to COVID-19. Through Bookbub, I learned of an author’s idea to help teachers and thought I’d do the same with my own circle of author-friends.
A wholesome bunch!
There are so many amazing authors (such as Bill MyersAngela HuntJames Hannibal, and more—see the full list here!) who are willing to do a virtual classroom author visit for students through meeting platforms (like Zoom or Skype). These generous authors will share their writing journey and expertise with your students. Free! No strings attached.
Here’s how it works:
The teacher will contact the author to schedule the virtual visit. During the virtual visit, the teacher will manage the call and the students. (Aka…control the mute button!) A suggestion: Have 5-10 prepared questions for the author and limit the time frame. Speaking of the clock…these authors live all over the country, so keep that in mind when you schedule the call.
You can contact the authors through their websites or reach out to me or my assistant Christen Krumm for more information.
And here’s a couple of additional resources to help teachers (and parents!) get through this quarantine period:
  • Author and speaker Erin Weidemann has a podcast on K-Love to help parents set up and manage school at home.
  • Author Kate Messner has put together a list of teaching resources on her website that’s worth checking out.
  • A shout out to Mo Willems who offers Lunch Doodles with Mo each day for kids through the Kennedy Center.
Hands washed. Hands lifted. Pray on! Together, we’ll get through this.

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