I visit elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. I have prepared presentations but am happy to tailor a program to your students.
A full-day visit is $2,200, which includes four presentations for four different classrooms.
For visits outside the Seattle/Tacoma area, the same fee plus travel expenses apply.
I enjoy doing interactive classroom visits and presentations that offer kids an exciting glimpse into how a professional writer creates stories. My goal is to spark a lifelong love of reading and writing! If you’re interested in bringing me in to meet your students, shoot me an email at email@example.com, so we can discuss it further.
Possible Presentations (any of which can be customized to your current curriculum):
Cece, Libby, and Vivi Loves Science, Do You? (K-3) includes reading one of the LOVES SCIENCE picture books as well as a discussion of what students learned. (30 min)
BINGO! (K-3) CECE LOVES SCIENCE AND ADVENTURE read-along with BINGO game. Perfect for classrooms of 30 or fewer. Keeps younger kids engaged while they learn about STEM! (30 min)
LOVES SCIENCE Reading and Writing (K-3) includes reading Cece, Libby, or Vivi LOVES SCIENCE and discussing the writing process at a high level. (The three essentials of every book: plot, character, and setting) (30-45 min)
The Writer in You (4th-5th) A creative writing topic that walks students through the nuts and bolts of writing. (45-60 min)
Turn That Page (6th-12th) A creative writing topic that talks about the difference between surprise and suspense and raising the stakes through more than just action. (45-60 min)
Follow Your Heart (6th-12th) An inspirational talk about finding your passion and following your dreams, as I explain how I went from daydreamer to author. (45-60 min)
* Study Guide directly correlates with Common Core standards, so Title 1 funds may apply.
Let’s work together to make this experience simple and fun! If you have a suggested topic, I'm happy to work with you to come up with a presentation that suits your class needs. I’ve also included some useful links below with creative strategies to raise money for your author visit and tips for planning a successful and enjoyable author visit!
“Students at James Island Charter High School loved hearing Ms. Derting talk about The Body Finder! After hearing her presentation, students wanted to read more of her books and felt they learned something from her. Circulation of the sequels soared after her visit!”
Melanie Crumpton –James Island Charter High School (Charleston, South Carolina)
“Students were truly engaged during Kim’s discussion of her works and as testimony, her books flew off the library shelf with many students anxiously awaiting their return!”
Lori Russo –Heaven Hills Middle School (Kennewick, Washington)
“Kim Derting was fantastic! She's engaging, authentic, and funny. She knows how to relate to kids, and she thoughtfully encourages young writers. Plus, she brings the best swag!”
Erica Sage –North Tapps Middle School (Lake Tapps, Washington)