For School Visits, you’re on the right page!  For information about Michelle’s availability to participate in conferences, workshops, keynotes, library appearances, etc. please CLICK HERE!

 * News Flash *  Now Booking Engaging, Interactive School Visits for 2018 and beyond.

Special opportunities to save when I’m already in your area:

Central Ohio on April 12 and 13, 2018

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky October 19, 2018

Northeast Ohio November 2, 2018

Email Michelle for details.

*For a detailed list of scheduled public appearances, please click the CALENDAR OF EVENTS tab. School visits and other events not open to the pubic will NOT appear on the calendar. For information on how to book an appearance, read on… *

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Does Michelle Houts visit schools?

School visits Michelle Houts

You bet! Talking to kids about writing is one of Michelle’s favorite things to do! She is now booking visits through 2019.  First, read through the information below. Then, email Michelle for exact costs and availability.

Copy of School Visit Presentations and Details ** NEW **Grades 1 -3  Science and Writing Multi-Day Workshop  Michelle will bring Lucy’s Lab into the classroom! Students will learn to connect observation skills with great writing. This program works best with multiple small groups of 1 – 2 classrooms over three days. Contact Michelle for details. 

Lucy's Science Writing Lab

Family Presentation (90 minutes) 
This parent-child event has been receiving rave reviews from parents, teacher, principals, and most especially children! An evening program provides a brief presentation by the author, and then allows time for families to create their own story. Ask about after-school or evening presentations for the whole family.

School visit testimonials

Copy of School Visit Presentations and Details copy

Copy of Wait. What about Skype?

Ideas for Funding an Author Visit



Michelle Houts

This contract outlines the mutual responsibilities for an Author’s Visit by Michelle Houts to

___________________________________________on __________________________            (school)                                                                                 (date)

 The Author’s ResponsibilityMichelle Houts will provide informative, engaging and entertaining presentations created for the age/grade level of the students. She will talk about writing – her own and the students’ as well. She will talk about where writers get ideas and how books become books – up to 4 presentations per day.

She agrees to provide biographical materials and a sample book sale flyer.

She will sign and personalize her books.

She will provide a detailed invoice and vendor information to the school upon request.

The School’s Responsibility

The school will provide AV equipment for a Power Point slide presentation.

The school will reimburse for airfare or for mileage (____ miles @ _____/mile).

The school will pay for or reimburse for one night’s hotel lodging prior to the visit.

The school will pay the speaker’s fee of $________ per day at the completion of the visit.

The school will provide lunch on a full day visit (a school lunch is fine!)

The school will prepare students by talking about the author, reading her books or parts of her books, and generally spread enthusiasm for the visit.

The school staff will attend the presentation to provide support to students who need it.

The school will provide the author with an itinerary of her day at least one month prior to the visit,

           including times and grade levels for each presentation.

Book Sale: No school is required to offer books for sale, but students and parents typically enjoy the opportunity to get a book signed by the author on the day of the visit. Please see attached details regarding book sale options.

 If an emergency, illness, or weather prevents the visit, both parties will make every effort to reschedule on a future date. If the visit does not occur because Michelle has to cancel, the school will not be charged and will be rescheduled. If the visit is cancelled by the school for any reason other than weather, the school will reimburse for travel expenses incurred prior to a cancellation. If the visit is not rescheduled within a year, the school will pay one third of the speaker’s fee.

We agree to the terms set forth in this contract.

AUTHOR:   ________________   DATE: ________

DISTRICT REP: _____________   DATE: _________

SCHOOL ADDRESS: ___________________________________________

SCHOOL PHONE: ____________________________________________

Please sign and return one copy of this contract and keep the other for your records.

 No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ~ Aesop


Beef Princess Classroom Companion Guide
FREE for teachers and librarians… The good folks at Illinois Farm Bureau have created a classroom study guide for THE BEEF PRINCESS OF PRACTICAL COUNTY. Complete with discussion questions, voCOWbulary, and extension activities, this classroom guide is a gold mine for any teacher or book club!



What about other public appearances besides school visits?
Sure! Michelle is available for library presentations, book store events, and book signings. She speak to adult groups about the writer’s life, Dottie Kamenshek and the AAGPBL, Emma “Grandma” Gatewood who was the first woman to solo hike the Appalachian Trail, raising rural readers, and about her 1894 schoolhouse restoration project. Fees vary depending upon location and type of group. Contact Michelle directly to schedule.