Visits & Events

School Visits & Presentations for Kids

Contact me to schedule in-person or virtual visits for the 2021-2022 school year!

THE TRUE STORY OF A NONFICTION BOOK (Ideal for grades 3-5; 45-50 minutes)

In this presentation, I tell the story of how The Great Stink went from something I wondered about (What the heck is “The Great Stink?!”) to an award-winning book. I discuss the steps of my writing process including:
  • Ideas (Where they come from)
  • Research (How to get started, keep organized, and know when to stop)
  • The Vital Idea (Finding the spine of your story)
  • The Writing Process (Why first drafts are supposed to stink and what to do when you’re stuck)
  • Revision (Creating context, meaning, and emotion by using sensory details, vivid verbs, synonyms, and more)
  • Feedback (How to make a Critique Sandwich––and how to eat one)
I also share photos from my research trip to London as well as early sketches from Nancy Carpenter that didn’t make it into the book.

Students are able to ask questions after each segment and they’ll walk away with ideas they can use immediately to enhance their writing and research in class.


THE GREAT STINK READING PLUS Q&A (Ideal for grades K-3; 30-60 minutes)
In this presentation I will read The Great Stink and then answer questions about anything your students want to know. I can answer questions about the book, writing, where I get ideas, why we still have a poop pollution problem and more. Nothing is off the table! Plus, I’ll have a handful slides available to add visual interest to my answers.

Book Talks

I’d be happy to participate in a virtual 20-minute Q&A with you and your students. I don’t charge a fee for this, but a minimum purchase of 10 copies of The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London’s Poop Pollution Problem is required. Books can be purchased by the school or by individual parents from the bookstore of your choice.




  • July 9, 2022, 3:30 EDT – The Writing Barn, Virtual NF Kidlit Confab, “Picture Book Biographies” panel
  • August 5-7, 2022 – SCBWI Virtual Summer Conference, “Level Up with Layers: Writing Irresistible Nonfiction Picture Books” break-out session
  • June 23-28, 2022 – ALA Annual Conference, Book signing