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"I use humor to capture the attention of my audience and fill every presentation with dozens of age appropriate writing tips," says the self-proclaimed "nearly famous" children's book author, illustrator and all round nice guy. A former elementary school teacher, Dave Ross also says it's hard to get him to shut up -- but no one wants to. This is the kind of guy that speaks kids' language and teaches without looking like that's what he's doing. His online chats are via iChat and all talks are tailored to fit the needs of the audience.



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 Dave Ross 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-4

Residence: NY




The iChat was great! The kids loved it. After we got the video chat going we had no glitches. The kids enjoyed hearing his funny stories and asking him questions. They learned a lot and had a lot of fun. I was very excited about it. Thank you so much for all your help and scheduling it for us!


Lauren Cooper

Gifted and Talented/ESS

Robert B. Turner Elementary

1411 Fox Creek Road

Lawrenceburg, KY 40342



Kali Nagler

Lake Avenue Elementary School Library

Saratoga Springs (NY) CSD

583-4779 direct line

583-4778 Fax