School visits are my favorite part of being an author!
As a theatre major with years of experience with playwriting, directing and acting, I create presentations filled with theatrical elements and surprises that keep students engaged.
I’m available for in person visits (mostly Austin-area schools, with some availability for other Texas schools) and virtual visits (anywhere in the world!)
Certain schools in Austin, TX may qualify for a FREE visit with Project WISE, through the Writers’ League of Texas.
I am passionate about diversity and representation in children’s books. I’m not available for any events that discriminate against marginalized or underrepresented people.
If you’re interested in booking a school visit, please contact Carmen Oliver at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rrrraaak! A Sound Word Adventure
Grades: Pre-K3 – 2nd
In this lively interactive performance, students will learn about onomatopoeia and step into the writer’s shoes by deciding which sound words to choose for each new situation.
Featured Book: Everybody in the Red Brick Building
When the Writing Gets Tough . . .
Grades: 3rd – 5th
Students join Anne as she shares how her path to becoming a children’s book author mirrors the process of a seed’s growth into a tree. Along the way, students will receive inspirational and practical writing tips on writing tools; beginnings, middles and ends; persistence and more.
Featured Book: Nell Plants a Tree
I’m available for in-person visits at local (Austin-area) elementary schools, as well as a limited number of in-person visits for Texas schools outside of Austin.
My in-person visits consist of three or four presentations of your choice (see list of virtual visit topics). The visits should fit within a 5-hour window between 9am and 2pm on weekdays, and can include lunchtime with a small number of students and staff.
Pre-School Story Time
I offer in-person (Austin-area only) or virtual preschool story time for kids ages 2-3.
Visits consist of blocks of 15-minute sessions of toddler-friendly story time with readings of Hands On!, One Big Day and Everybody in the Red Brick Building, plus fun activities for each book.