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An Oscar-winning songwriter, playwright, screenwriter, director, and middle grade author, Dean Pitchford has written books that critics have called "riotous," "poignant," and "incredibly satisfying." These adjectives could also describe his Skype chats.




Prior to Dean's appearance, please have students visit Dean's website and view "The Movie Songs of Dean Pitchford" reel (lower right hand corner of Home Page.) Please have the students prepare in advance a list of questions for him to answer. He will first give a brief presentation - talking about his life as a Broadway actor, Hollywood screenwriter and Academy-award winning songwriter;  then he'll discuss the inspirations for his writing and read from one of his books, after which he'll 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 his website [] for more information. His books are available from a variety of sources, including Booksource,, and

Grade levels: 3-7

Residence: Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, CA




“He was fantastic! He read a chapter from his new book, which was incredibly expressive and entertaining. Then, our students had previously prepared numerous questions to ask him and he called on individual students. He was really funny and had some great and moving personal stories. Our students loved the whole experience. He is definitely an entertainer and it comes through in his interactions with the kids. We showed the students his web site before the day we Skyped and the compilation video of the songs he has written for various movies/plays. I wanted them to have a good sense of all the cool things Dean has done in addition to writing children's books. I would HIGHLY recommend him for any age level!”


Jill Rodgers

Library Media Specialist

Northgate Middle School



One cannot say enough about this extraordinary man! He was able to grasp the students' interest from the beginning. It brought an author to "life" for them. He was able to teach and show "little people" are authors too. I would highly recommend Dean Pitchford for your school!


Kristi Babb

Library Media Specialist

Maplewood Elementary School