author visits

Thanks so much for your interest in having me present at your school!  I love sharing my picture book-making process and getting students excited about writing and illustration.  

My goal is to inspire creativity, growth mindset and a love of reading and storytelling. My work with hand-drawn animation as well as my experiences teaching at the Museum of Science’s Overnight program lend a unique perspective and approach. 

My visits are full of behind-the-scenes images, detailing my process of writing & illustration.  I talk about my connections to animation and how I gather ideas, draft stories, sketch, revise, and create final art.  There’s time for Q&A, and often we can fit in a sneak peek into future projects or a quick drawing demo.  However, if you have a specific part of the process where you would like some extra emphasis, please let me know!   

Each presentation can run from 30 – 60 minutes, depending on your needs, and can be tailored for separate grades K-2 or 3-5. 

For the 2018-2019 academic year, the fee for a full day (up to four presentations) is $800 for schools within 50 miles of Wakefield, Massachusetts.  For Title 1 schools, a discounted fee may be available – contact me for more information. 

For schools more than 50 miles from Wakefield, MA, the fee is $1,000/day, plus travel costs. 

Feel free to email me anytime at to discuss your school visit goals. 

“Such a great experience for my students!” – Boston, MA

“Sarah Lynne’s experience as an animator makes her a welcome and relatable resource within the world of publishing.  Students will find her presentation inspirational.  She is a great motivator for both aspiring writers and reluctant writers.” – Wakefield, MA

Tips for a successful Author/Illustrator visit! 

  • Before the big day:
    • Help prepare students for the visit!
      • Read & explore my books with your class ahead of time so that they get the most out of the experience.
          • The educator guide created by the Anti-Defamation League can be useful to help spark discussions in your classroom. 
          • Create art, writing prompts, grow flowers or create other projects focused on “one small thing” each of us can do to help our communities.
      • Make sure the students know about the upcoming visit and offer them the chance to prepare questions ahead of time for the Q&A session.
  • The day of the visit:
    • I’ll bring a keynote presentation on my Ipad, as well as a VGA & HDMI adapter. Please have a projector & screen available for use in a room that can be slightly darkened so that the images show up.
    • Please make sure that teachers stay in the room during the presentation to assist with classroom management and to help pick students during Q&A. You know your students best!

Thanks again – I can’t wait to meet you & your students!