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Children's librarian Alison Jackson writes books for all ages, from picture books to early readers to novels for middle school readers and teens. In her Skype chats, she talks about the connection between her books and her real life, the art of rewriting, the illustrator's role, and much more.




Please have the students prepare in advance a list of questions for her to answer. She will first give a brief presentation, perhaps showing her latest book or talking about an upcoming project, and will then take questions. If you prefer, the Q&A can come first, depending on your students' needs. How you handle the Q&A is up to you. Sometimes students come up to the screen individually to ask questions and then the next student comes up. Sometimes the students gather around the screen to ask questions. The format will depend on your needs and what kind of equipment you have. If you have an activboard or some other means to project the images onto a larger screen, for example, the format might be somewhat different. In any case, students must be familiar with some of her books.


If you would like a different kind of program, please let us know before setting up the program and please provide a general idea of what you would like. Further details will be needed at least a week before the chat so she can prepare.


She'll also be happy to autograph bookplates in advance of the chat, but be sure to send them to her in a timely manner so she can sign them and get them back to you before the chat.


$175 * for 1 one-hour long chat

$350 * for 2 one-hour long chats over the course of a day

$500 * for 3 one-hour long chats over the course of a day

Please visit Alison Jackson for more information about her and her books. Her books are available from a variety of sources, including Booksource,, and

Grade levels: K-YA
Residence: CA



Joanne Stano

Grade 3

Isham Memorial Elem. School I(long I) sham

348 College Street

Wadsworth , Ohio 44281

330 335-1440 tel

330 607 4572 Joanne