Author Visits

I enjoy connecting with young readers and writers at schools, bookstores, libraries, and cultural organizations. At the heart of my presentations is the idea that everyone has unique stories to tell. Through readings and interactive programs, my hope is to inspire creativity and share a love of books and art.

To inquire about a visit, please contact me here.

Programs

I’m available for in-person and virtual visits. I can tailor my programs for specific audiences and with attention to the age of the students. I’m happy to help arrange for book sales and sign books as part of my in-person visits.

Eighteen Flowers for Grandma coverEighteen Flowers for Grandma: Rooted in Family, Art, and Culture
Grades 1-5
Up to 75 students
45-60 minutes

To write Eighteen Flowers for Grandma, I drew on family history, childhood art, and Jewish cultural traditions. I will share the story-behind-the-story of my newest book as a jumping-off point for discussion and activities about finding storytelling ideas. Time for Q&A is built in.

 

Eighteen Flowers for Grandma coverEighteen Flowers for Grandma: Art Materials Character Exploration
Grades 3-5
One classroom
45-60 minutes

This hands-on art making workshop uses Eighteen Flowers for Grandma as a starting point for students to use art materials to creatively explore a person’s character traits. I’ll share my inspirations for writing this book and why Sadie, its main character, experiments with pastels, pressed flowers, and other media to honor her grandmother. Students will then choose a person they want to celebrate, identify aspects of that person’s character, and incorporate related art materials to make a unique creation.

 

Book cover for Bottle Tops: The Art of El AnatsuiBottle Tops: A Book Journey
Grades 2-6
Up to 75 students
45-60 minutes

In this multimedia presentation, I provide a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a creative picture book biography. Accompanied by photographs, videos, and objects, I reveal how Bottle Tops: The Art of El Anatsui went from an idea to a book, identifying research strategies and reading from an early draft. I lead students in an activity to respond to El Anatsui’s artwork, then share ideas about how they can transform used materials into art. Time for Q&A is built in.

 

Program Fees for 2024-2025 School Year:

In-person school visits:

  • $400 for one presentation; $800 for two presentations; $1100 for three presentations
  • $500 per classroom for art workshops (includes materials)
  • Plus travel expenses outside 50 miles from Cambridge, MA

Virtual visits:

  • $250 per presentation
  • I offer a limited number of free 15 minute virtual visits

 

Bottle Tops Author Visit at Huckleberry Hill School

Bottle Tops author visit at Huckleberry Hill School in Lynnfield, MA

 

Signing Bottle Tops for Miner Elementary School with An Open Book Foundation

Bottle Tops author visit at Miner Elementary School with An Open Book Foundation in Washington, DC

Storytimes

I love reading my books at bookstores and libraries, and sharing related craft activities! Contact me about storytime events.

 

Alison Goldberg storytime at Whitelam Books reading Bottle Tops: The Art of El Anatsui

Bottle Tops storytime at Whitelam Books in Reading, MA

 

Bottle Tops story time at The Silver Unicorn in Action, MA

Bottle Tops storytime at The Silver Unicorn in Acton, MA

 

Acting like airplanes during I Love You for Miles and Miles Storytime at The Curious Reader

I Love You for Miles and Miles storytime at The Curious Reader in Glen Rock, NJ

 

Vehicle craft at Barnes & Noble Storytime

I Love You for Miles and Miles vehicle craft at Barnes & Noble storytime in Framingham, MA