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If you have never had guest speakers in the classroom before, you should start scheduling school author visits as soon as possible. These presenters will help your students get excited about various subjects, such as the Iditarod sled dog race.

For my Alaska friends:

If you are struggling to retain the attention of your Alaskan elementary school students while you discuss topics like the Iditarod sled dog race, it might be time to have some guest speakers in the classroom. Presenters with whom the children are unfamiliar often have an easier time getting them excited about education! If you have never had school author visits in your facility before, this could be the perfect time to start. Children’s authors who are familiar with Alaskan culture and history are the ideal guest speakers in the classroom. Talk to your school district’s administrators about setting-up school author visits soon.

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I love to visit schools!

It is a privilege and a responsibility. And it's fun! I am currently booking schools for 2016-2017 school year.Take a moment and click here to review my schedule, I may be coming to your area!


My aim is always to inspire students to be excited about reading and writing by emphasizing nature, animals and adventure and using stories from my life (and visual aids that include a woolly mammoth leg bone, dog booties and Eskimo yo-yos) to personalize my talks. I cover a whole range of topics, from the Iditarod Sled-Dog Race to chasing whales. I talk about where my ideas come from, and the importance of research and accuracy in writing. I tailor my presentations for groups of any age and size. Since I rely heavily on PowerPoint slides as visual aides, please make sure that the room can be darkened for better viewing. Also, because I am such an animated and energetic speaker (no kidding, I am!), I must limit my presentations to a maximum of 3 per day. However, I would prefer to tailor my time to fit your school's needs. Sometimes two assemblies (one for the little kids, and another for the big kids) and a series of question and answer sessions is more personal. Many teachers feel the smaller the assembly the better, but I can easily keep a room of 800 motivated and entertained, because, trust me, they LIKE this stuff!

Book Sales and Ordering:

Students generally get more out of my visit if they are familiar with my books beforehand. I am happy to offer a 20% discount to schools. Please pre-order books from me at least 6 weeks in advance. Have parents’ and students’ checks for book orders made out to your school, and then write me one check, for the 20% discount rate. If your school sells out of books, you can order more, even after my visit. (These books can also be personalized.)shelley teaches


Kids love to have their books autographed by the author and I love to be able to do this for them. I am more than willing to sign books the day of my visit if time is left during the day for an autographing session. If we run out of time, I’ll sign books in the evening after my visit. If you have any books left over, the book return form and instructions are included in the informational packet sent to your school.

Student Preparation:

Finally, traveling all over the country, I've had the opportunity to see just how creative schools can be in managing their author visits. In one school, I was met by a bevy of bears: brown, white and black; at another the band played songs from Thunderfeet while the 1st graders, in full dinosaur regalia, escorted me to the gym. At another, bulletin boards shouted the themes of snow, Arctic animals, etc. while another school organized "dog sled races" on their track, even though it was a sunny California day! The point is, since we all want to get kids excited about reading, we need to become Reading Wackos!

I would be happy to coordinate an author visit for your school or conference. My fee is $1400.00 a day and I pay the rest of my expenses. To make arrangements for a visit, or to order books, please contact me by E-mail:   or snail mail: P.O. Box 2364, Homer, AK 99603.

Also, please email me and confirm my schedule prior to my visit.

Click here to download a full-color flyer and here to download a grayscale flyer (suitable for photocopies), both in .pdf format, to print and distribute.

I hope to see you in your school, library or museum or at your conference or meeting...
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What Teachers and School Administrators Say About Shelley and Her Books:

"We had a wonderful opportunity to have Shelley Gill come and visit Aurora Elementary for an author visit. She was very good at keeping the students tuned in to what she was sharing about her books. The students were glued to her words and had many questions about her books and trips. Her enthusiasm and information was greatly appreciated by the teachers and students. We would welcome her back anytime." -- Theresa Pajot/Librarian Aurora Elementary

sheeley talks to students"Your student response, technical, educational and performance quality were all excellent, as were your preparation materials. We highly recommend your program to other schools...In short, you were wonderful!"

"We loved Shelley Gill!! Shelley is an adventurer, author, parent, researcher, teacher, and storyteller. She came to our school for an author visit and gave us a day filled with 2 presentations, K-2nd grade and 3-6th, with wonderful photos and stories. All the kids were entertained and engaged as she told about her adventures...they probably didn't realize how much they were learning. After the presentations (an hour each wasn't enough!) she visited the classrooms for Q&A sessions, then did a book signing. She gave us a great discount on the books. Kids talked about her after school and days later. Teachers and parents were thrilled to have her come to our school, and we are planning to schedule a return visit in the future! This was well worth the money spent for student enrichment" --Colleen Kirkpatrick, Bear Valley Elementary PTA"

"Shelley, I wanted to thank you again for sharing such wonderful stories with us. The students, teachers and parents are still talking about your marvelous presentation. You truly inspired the children and your books are flying off the shelves..."

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