Speaking to Kids

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!
 Now Booking Engaging, Interactive School Visits for 2019 and beyond.

Special Opportunities for DISCOUNTED School Visits while Michelle is already in the following areas:

Akron-Canton areas on Monday, December 17th or Tuesday, December 18th

Email Michelle for details.

*For a detailed list of scheduled public appearances, please check out the CALENDAR. 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…

Does Michelle Houts visit schools?

You bet! Talking to kids about writing is one of Michelle’s favorite things to do! Michelle Houts brings energy and excitement to your school with customized presentations for Pre-K to Grade 8. The author of award-winning fiction and inspiring biographies, Michelle connects each listener to their own reading and writing habits with stories of research, revision, mistakes, and successes.

Read through the information below. Then, email Michelle for exact costs and availability.

Download School Visit Packet


For the little ones
(25 – 45 minutes) Thanks to her mom, Michelle still has the first story she ever wrote – when she was just 6 years old! Michelle connects to the youngest readers and writers on their level, sharing picture books and photos and stories from her farm.
For grades 1- 3
(40 – 60 minutes) Michelle shares where ideas come from, how even authors have to revise, rewrite, and create many drafts before a piece of writing is complete. She’s often told by her editor to add details and show don’t tell! Sound familiar? Michelle inspires love of science and writing with her Lucy’s Lab Series, STEM-cenered chapter books based upon some of the common themes of early elementary science learning: Habitats, States of Matter, and Fossils.
For grades 4 – 8
(45 – 60 minutes) An audience participation activity demonstrates how an idea evolves into a bound book on the bookstore or library shelf. (There’s some career education smuggled into this activity!) Students discuss how both fiction and nonfiction reflect life situations and where to find ideas.

Michelle Houts is committed to designing a day that meets the needs of your young readers and writers. While she talks about her books and life as a writer. Her Presentations are ultimately about your students and their lives as readers and writers. No two school visits ever look exactly the same!  The Mark Boney Promise and the 52 Letters Challenge are two unique incentives Michelle can bring to your school visit. Be sure to talk with her about what YOU want for YOUR school visit.

Announcing… a new three-day science and writing workshop for grades 1 – 3!

science-labMichelle brings Lucy’s Lab into your classroom! Combining STEM education and literacy, Michelle Houts meets with each group of students three days in a row. Students will learn that scientists and creative thinkers use the same tools – observation, research, and hypotheses. Using her STEM-based Chapter book series, Lucy’ Lab, Michelle engages students in audience-participation activities designed to foster both scientific learning and a love of reading and writing. 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. Email Michelle for details and pricing.

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.

All the Details
Dear teachers, librarians, principals: Not too long ago, I was also a part of an elementary team. As a school-based speech-language pathologist, I found the intricacies of language learning fascination. I loved that my two professional worlds – SLP and Author – were so beautifully intertwined. Now I write full time, but I haven’t forgotten how very full your school days are. An Invitation to spend a day with your young readers and writers is not taken lightly. I promise to bring something of value to your students with an exciting, engaging presentation they won’t soon forget. With kindest regards ~ Michelle

Full-Day Visit: $1000 plus Travel
Up to four presentations, large group or small group or a combination

Half-Day Visit: $ 700 plus Travel
Half-day visits are most economical within driving distance of my Ohio home.

Multi-Day, Same school Artist-in-residence or multiple schools, same district: $850 plus travel
Special rate for multiple schools in one district or for Lucy’s Lab Science Writing STEM/Literacy Workshop.

Travel equals airfare or mileage plus one night’s lodging per school day.

Download Author Visit Contract

Wait. What about Skype?

Virtual Author Visits are an affordable way for schools to connect with authors and illustrators who live far away. They are best used with single classrooms for short sessions, like Q & A after a class has read one of the author’s books.

Sadly, you won’t find a virtual visit option here because I live in a rural area. (I write in a one-room schoolhouse built in 1894!) Yes, I have wifi, but my attempts to stay connected in video chats have resulted in disappointment on both ends. I make a few exceptions for WRAD and RAA, but that means I have to go somewhere else to connect. Email me for more information. But ‘for now, virtual visits aren’t the best option for connecting with this farm girl.

Ideas for Funding an Author Visit

School budgets are tight. But meeting an author and getting excited about stories and reading and writing can be so much fun! Here are a few ways to make that author visit happen in your school!

  • PTO/PTA – Work a year ahead to plan with your parent group
  • LOCAL SERVICE GROUPS – Kawanis, Optimists, Toastmasters, Rotary
  • GRANTS Amber Brown, State Literary Grants
  • BOOK FAIRS – Some school use their book fair money to host an author every year
  • SHARED COST– Two schools in the same area qualify for a discount & shared travel

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.