Kevin has a master's degree in elementary education and over twenty years of experience teaching school groups of all ages as an educator at organizations such as the South Carolina Aquarium and the Science Factory Children's Museum and through doing school visits. He has presented his children's books to students from kindergarten to high school, and is skilled at reaching grade level science and literacy standards. Kevin does live school visits and virtual school visits (through platforms such as Skype, Zoom, or Google Hangout) throughout the school year.
For Kevin's contact info, a description of each program option and feedback on his school visit programs, scroll down.
Kevin regularly visits schools to meet students face-to-face and talk to them about reading, writing, science and nature. He lives in Rochester, New York and is available to visit schools in Western and Central New York throughout the school year. He also regularly visits South Carolina and New England to do school visit tours. Kevin is open to visiting schools anywhere in the world. Contact him to discuss availability and travel arrangements.
Maximum 125 students per program for grades K and up.
A reading of any of Kevin's children's books with the text and illustrations projected on a screen for easy visibility by all students.
An informative and interactive discussion of the topics of each book that is based on grade-level science standards.
A discussion of the process of writing a nonfiction children's book.
A question-and-answer period.
Maximum 30 students per program for grades 3 and up.
An informative discussion of the process of writing nonfiction.
A workshop session during which Kevin will work with students to create their own verses about science and nature topics.
A book signing.
See grade level and maximum student number requirements listed above.
All day visit at one school: Includes five 45-minute reading and/or writing workshop programs, and book signings. $600 plus travel expenses.
Schools near each other can split a day into separate morning and afternoon visits. Each school's visit includes two 45-minute programs (see maximum student numbers above) and book signings. $300 per school plus travel expenses.
What do authors typically charge for a school visit? The Society of Children’s Book Writer and illustrators (SCBWI) did a survey on how children’s authors price their school visits. You can see the results of the survey in this article on the SCBWI website.
Students anywhere in the world can have the opportunity to speak with Kevin and ask him questions about both writing and the science and nature topics he writes about, without schools having to pay travel expenses. All that is required is Skype (or another online video chat program such as Zoom or Google Hangout), a microphone, and a webcam.
Kevin answers questions from students to discuss with them the writing process and the science of his books. Each school year, a school gets the first 30-minute virtual author visit program for free. Additional virtual author visit programs for each school can be scheduled for a fee of $25 per 30-minute program.
Watch this video made by a 3rd grade class about how they incorporated a virtual author visit from Kevin into their curriculum.