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Author/illustrator Matt Novak has been a puppeteer, a teacher and a Disney artist, where he worked on such films as "Beauty and Beast" and "Rescuers Down Under." The emphasis of his presentations is on imagination and using it to create a story from start to finish. Available for assemblies, classroom visits, art and writing workshops, parent nights and book signings, he's also happy to Skype with children and adults.



Please have the students prepare in advance a list of questions for him to answer. He will first give a brief presentation, perhaps showing his 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 his 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 he can prepare.

He'll also be happy to autograph bookplates in advance of the chat, but be sure to send them to him in a timely manner so he 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 Matt Novak to see his bio, then follow the three other links at the top of the page for a list of his books, information on his presentations when he comes to do a physical visit, and book ordering information for getting his books from a variety of sources.

Grade levels: P-3

Residence: PA



I thought the chat went really well. The students had prepped some great questions after exploring him on the internet --- about his work on books, at the art college and at his animation studio. Because of their *investigations* they came up with some really good questions that led him to talk about things he might not have done otherwise.

We had just a little bit of time at the end to do a writing activity but it went well also. I think with a smaller audience the writing activity would do well and he could really expand on it because his ideas were good and his helpful hints to the students were really good as well.

Overall it was another great experience and I intend to Skype much more often with authors in the future!


Leesa Cole

McCulloch Intermediate School

3555 Granada

Dallas, TX 75205

(214) 780-3500