A book autographed by an author students have
met and talked to is a constant reminder of the excitement of reading.
Book sales also support the author and can provide supplementary
funds to your school. The publisher gives schools a 40% discount
and you can either use this discount to earn money for your school
or pass the saving on to students.
It is recommended that schools order an initial set of books at least two months in advance of the visit. These books should be circulated among the teachers and students, and, ideally, read and discussed in class. At least half the value of an author visit comes from the students' anticipation. Students get more excited about seeing an author whose books they have read. And you can do few worse things to an author than put him or her in front of an unprepared audience!
Many schools also order books for the students to buy and for the author to sign on the day of the visit. Please
order these a month in advance, and send an order form home with the students and remind them to bring it back (see below). It is not enough to announce to students that the books will be available on the day of the visit! Parents are almost always the ones who pay for the books.
Libby will bring cards or bookmarks or pictures,
so that everyone will receive something signed and (if some students
are buying books and others are not) no one is left out.
for many students -- and teachers, too! -- having a signed copy
of the book is part of the excitement and a lasting memory of the
NUMBER AT LITTLE, BROWN FOR SCHOOL DISCOUNT
It is best if these sales are not handled directly through
Libby. Schools can order books directly from Little, Brown at a
The best way to order books is to call Catherine Kron at Little, Brown:
617 263 1906.
Please tell her the books are for an author visit.
BOOK ORDER FORMS FOR STUDENTS
Many librarians like to make their own book order form, telling
parents about the author visit. Libby is also happy to email
you one. Her order form includes:
- announcement of the visit
titles, brief descriptions, prices
fill-in lines for purchaser's name and classroom
fill-in lines for who to autograph the book to
This form should be sent home to parents for them to return with payment before the day of the visit. You may want to add (or ask Libby to add) information about when your school will need the signed forms and payment and
to whom students should give these, and anything else you would
like parents to know.
when they see other people getting their books signed, people wish
they themselves had ordered books. So you may want to order extra copies. Any unsold copies can be returned to the publisher for full credit,
though the school pays the return shipping charges.
BOOKS AND CARDS
always brings cards, bookmarks or postcards, so that everyone will
receive something signed and, if some students are buying books
and others are not, no one is left out. Signing can be done during the lunch hour or between classes.
What to Expect from a Visit
Click here for descriptions of a sample visit and general
or call 617 901 7516 for more information.