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"Writing is a magical process," says Joanne Rocklin, the author of such books as The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook and One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street. In her programs with children, which can be presented via iChat, Skype or Face Time, she shows kids exactly how that magic happens for her, explaining some of its mysteries and offering lots of surprising tips to inspire stories of their own.



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.

Joanne shares her "Magic Story-Builders" before the Skype visit which students can use to write stories. They can then share these stories with her on-screen during the chat.

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 Joanne Rocklin 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: CA


The chat was awesome. I can't say enough good things about Joanne. She connected well with the children and we had a great time. The kids and the parents really enjoyed it. We gave away signed copies of her book, This Book is Haunted, to the kids at the end and served cookies. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity.


Angela Citizen

Principal Librarian, Head,

Children's and Youth Services and Extension Services

Inglewood Public Library

101 W. Manchester Blvd.

Inglewood , Ca. 90301

telephone (310) 412-5634

direct phone number is (310) 412-5603




Everyone was glowing as they went their separate ways today. Even the ones who hardly say anything at the meetings got up there to talk to you. You were fantastic. Thank you for being our first-ever author Skype visit.


Ann Hotta

Berkeley Public Library

2090 Kittredge Street

Berkeley, CA 94704

telephone (510) 981-6199