Virtual visits

For individual classrooms

Oh, how I love talking with students right in their classrooms. These visits never fail to inspire me, and I hope they do the same for the kids.

For K-2 students, I share a bit about my childhood and what we have in common, then chat about my most recent picture books and the ideas that sparked their creation. I talk about what fiction stories are and what we need to start one. Then I share a number of my age-appropriate nonfiction books and show students how I research, the cool info I learn from that, and how I decide which facts to leave in and which to leave out. My presentations are as interactive as possible, informative, and fun. A teacher-led Q&A always rounds out the presentation.

For older students, grades 3 and up, I focus on the writing process. I share a few of my picture books, talk about what sparked them and how to build a good story. Then I move into nonfiction—specifically how (and where!) to dive into the research process, how writers decide what to include in their books, the importance of including ourselves in our work, and why my favorite part of writing is, believe it or not, REVISION. The final minutes of a presentation consist of a Q&A, Ask Me Anything. I send post-visit handouts to be shared with students, Build a Story That Knocks Their Socks Off and Writing Nonfiction That’s UnPutDownable!

Length:  From 30 to 90 minutes, depending on your needs and age of students  

Fee:  Please email me through my Contact page

Group presentations, K-2 or 3+

These multi-classroom or large-area presentations follow closely the descriptions above. These presentations may be recorded and kept to share with absent students for two weeks.


Free Skype/Zoom Visits

For Spring 2021, I have three days set aside for free Skype/Zoom visits. All I require is that students do two things in advance:  1) read at least one of my books, and 2) brainstorm questions.

Sessions are 15 minutes long and are booked to begin every twenty minutes. They are reserved on a first come, first served basis until that day’s schedule is full.

I will do one free Skype/Zoom classroom visit per school, per year. If you want to squeeze two sections into one classroom, that’s fine.

Spring 2021 Skype/Zoom dates:

January 12th

February 8th

March 2nd


Before you contact me about booking any visit, please read the questions below and be sure to answer each of them in your email. 

1. What is your name?

2. Where is your school?

3. Which of the dates above works best for you? If there’s a specific time of day you need, please let me know.

4. What time zone are you in?

5. What grade will I be talking with, and how many students will be in the classroom? 

6. Which book(s) will the students have read prior to our visit? 

7. Will you be more interested in talking about my fiction books or my nonfiction titles?

8. How may I reach you quickly (phone number—in the event of a wonky connection)?

9.  What is your Skype username? Mine is jill.esbaum

PLEASE don’t wait until the day of our Skype to add me as a contact. On the day of our Skype, you will be calling me. That way, you can get the kids settled and ready before making the call.

If you have any other questions, feel free to e-mail me