Author Visits

I love connecting with kids! Keep scrolling to find free resources, how I connect with readers, and what I do at author visits.

See more school visit photos and video here, here and here.


  • Complete this form to schedule a school visit.
    • Writing Workshop: Reading and writing poetry that lift youth voices.
    • Writing Fiction vs. Nonfiction Stories: Choosing a genre that fits with the story you want to tell.
    • Reading, Writing, and Teaching, Oh my! Engaging readers with inclusive stories and nonfiction picture books by connecting them with my writing.
    • Telling True Stories: How to research and write true stories about real people and historical events.
    • Write Your Own Fractured Fairy Tale Workshop: Using a familiar fairy tale, students will write their own fairy tale.
    • Writing Books that Inspire, Inform, and Entertain: Fiction and nonfiction picture books to motivate student readers.
    • Ready. Set. Read! How to expose readers to inclusivity by pairing picture books about underrepresented cultures with dominant culture narratives. Examples included.



    • Click here for directions on how to print as individual coloring pages or as a booklet.

Testimonials and photos of my visits:

“Thank you so much for joining us today. The kids loved it!! They were so excited about all of the background information as well as the story. I made them each a copy of the King Cake recipe to take home…. it was a truly amazing experience that we will all treasure.” -Bobbie Green Librarian / Media Clerk Carnelian Elementary, California

“The students and teachers have talked about this experience since the visit, and Opening the Road is a popular book in our school library media center that stays checked out. Students and teachers learned more about the book publishing process and how important quality research is when working on a nonfiction book.” Tracy Scaglione, Ed.S.Library Media Specialist, Dorsett Shoals Elementary, Douglas County, GA

“Thank you so much for the wonderful author visit! You were amazing, and the students were so engaged. I can’t thank you enough for giving my kindergartners a perfect first experience Skyping with an author! My teachers all came to me the following day to thank me for putting this all together. They had a great time as well.” – Mindy Perry, Librarian, Dawes Elementary School, Illinois

Cannot thank you enough for this wonderful event! Gordon School in East Providence, RI

“It was a pleasure to have Keila V. Dawson speak to my Kindergarten class about her book The King Cake Baby! She really connected with my kids and had them saying words in French by the end of her visit. She inspired us to write our own class book!” – Elizabeth Gates, Kindergarten Teacher, Rothenberg Academy, Cincinnati Public Schools

“I can’t thank Keila Dawson enough for the absolutely fantastic classroom visit today! My students LOVE her book and were so excited to meet a real author. Not only did she give them tons of information on the writing process and cultural information on Louisiana, she also taught them how to sing a precious song about Louisiana food, the “12 days of Carnival” and a song on how to spell Tchoupitoulas! It will be a visit they will never forget and neither will I!” – Catherine Donnow, Hammond Westside Montessori School Teacher 1/2/3 Combo, Louisiana.


Single visit: $350.00

Half day (up to 3 presentations) : $600.00

I work with faculty and or staff to integrate specific activities into my presentation. Presentations are developmentally appropriate according to age, grade, and academic ability. Travel and or lodging will be an extra fee if schools are located more than a two-hour drive from Cincinnati.

Tips for a successful visit:

1. Read one of my books to students so they become familiar with my work.

2. Host a book sale. When in-person I will autograph books purchased to make the day much more memorable for your students.

3. Send notes home about my visit.  

4. Take photographs of the visit with permission and share on social media.

5. For each book ordered, please provide the correct spelling of the child’s name.

Tips for the Day of the Visit:  Mixed grades are fine. All groups should have a teacher or a teaching assistant present during the presentation. If possible, ample space should be allowed for kids to move about. A smart board to accommodate a PowerPoint presentation and microphone for large audiences.


  • A virtual visit (time dependent on age, up to 45-50 mins), includes a presentation, reading, and Q&A, is $200.00
  • A 15 minute virtual visit or Skype with Me FREE visit includes reading and a question-and-answer session with students.
  • Virtual visits scheduled in the U.S. and abroad (EST-Eastern Standard Time/United States)
  • Virtual visits should not be recorded.