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Debbie leaping for joy on a school visitAuthor Visits & Presentation

Debbie loves to visit schools, libraries, and other organizations to talk about her
books, literacy, and the writing process.  Debbie lives in Sevier County, TN.


$1,800/day, plus all expenses for travel and accommodations.
(Visits over 100 miles from Knoxville, TN. may require overnight lodging) If this is above your budget, please make an inquiry as Debbie may be able to help.  Please contact Simon and Schuster or Debbie directly to schedule an in-person or Skype visit.

Author visit one sheet Presentation brochure  Bulletin board Author Visit Activity Guide
Skype information  Very quick author visit video 
School visit poster  Complete book list  School visit introduction 
Press Kit  How to say Debbie's last name  Author Visit Checklist
Please note that Debbie's programs are copyrighted and may not be reproduced (videotaped) without written consent.  Author visit tips from Simon and Schuster.
Use these to prepare students for Debbie's visit:
Kindergarten and First          Second and Third         Fourth and Fifth

Here are links for grants that could potentially fund an author visit to your school.
Scholastic Librarians Programs & Grants
  Amber Brown Grant- 21 Ways to Fund an Author Visit
Please contact Simon and Schuster or Debbie directly to schedule a visit.

To order  books for events:

Simon & Schuster (Mermaid Tales) Customer Service 1-800-976-1726 or 1-877-989-0009. 

Buying in Quantity: Simon & Schuster titles are available at significant quantity discounts when purchased in bulk (minimum of 10) for corporate use, author events, resale/wholesale. Custom imprinting or excerpting is also available to fit special needs.

To order any of our titles in bulk, please contact our Special Sales department by calling 1(866) 506-1949. Your request will be answered within 3 business days.

If this is a rush order, please call 1(877) 989-0009.

To order Debbie’s Scholastic books, schools and libraries can call 1-800-724-2222 and choose menu option 1. Scholastic offers a special 40% discount for books ordered in preparation for, or for sale during, author visits to schools and libraries. Also, Scholastic waives the freight charges for these orders. Free returns on like new books. When you call, make sure you tell our customer service department that your order is for an author/illustrator visit. Make sure that you let them know the date of your visit as well. 

I also have a contact who will order books from different publishers and is wonderful to work with. Barb is available at She will help coordinate everything if you don't have a local bookstore that you work with. 

Title Status List
(for BSK-this can change due to books selling out)

You may want to order a selection for students to choose from or let them select on an order form. A non-fuss way is to invite a local bookseller to do the work for you.

 Order form with book
choices already on it.

Blank order form-you
can fill in the book choices

   Sample Schedule for Debbie's visit to your school:              displaydisplay

8:15 Pickup at hotel
8:30 Arrive at School
9:00 – 9:45 K-1 grade session
9:45 – 10:15 Sign books for 1st grade and Kdg.
10:30 – 11:30 4th and 5th grade session
11:30 – 11:45 Sign books for 4th and 5th grade displayOutdoor sign
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch/Break
1:00 – 1:30 Sign books for 3rd grade
1:30 – 2:30 2nd and 3rd grade session
2:30 – 3:00 Sign books for 2nd grade 3:30 -leave for airport 

Prepare for your visit and listen to a taped interview with Debbie Dadey and Marcia Jones.  To play press the play arrow (on Internet Explorer you need to click once to activate the control and a second time to play).  Adjust volume slider.  Copyright © 1996 Scholastic Inc.


Some of my friends do great school visits too!

Sandy Asher

Laurie Calkhoven

Marcia Thornton Jones

Lee Harper

Kim Norman

Linda Osmundson

Kay Winters




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