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Winner of the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire, author/illustrator Emily Arnold McCully says she continues to learn from creating illustrations for other peoples' stories as well as her own. With access to both iChat and Skype, she offers talks that stir the imagination of children of all ages.



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.



$220 * for 1 one-hour long chat

$440 * for 2 one-hour long chats over the course of a day

$660 * for 3 one-hour long chats over the course of a day

Please visit Emily Arnold McCully to see her bio, then follow the three other links at the top of the page for a list of her books, information on her presentations when she comes to do a physical visit, and book ordering information for getting her books from a variety of sources.

Grade levels: K-7

Residence: NY


We just finished our author visit with Emily McCully. It was great. Emily was accommodating and extraordinarily patient with the children. We had two classes with a total of 41 children and four teachers. They had spent many days reading her books and preparing questions. They ALL had to ask her their questions and she responded to them all. I had a projector, room sound system, laptop and external camera/microphone. I also hard wired the laptop so we would have a stronger connection. The only drawback was that her wireless connection occasionally caused video and/or sound disruptions. But we managed to keep it going and work through the disruptions. It was a very good experience for the children and me! Thank you so much for the opportunity you gave us. I look forward to doing more video author visits in the future.


Patricia Pierce

Lucy Robbins Welles Library

95 Cedar Street

Newington, CT 06111-2645

(860) 665-8700 library

(860) 665-8783 Pat