Presentations by Lee Wardlaw

Lee Wardlaw is the author of more than two-dozen, award-winning titles for young readers, ranging from picture books to teen novels. Lee has a B.A. in Education, an AMI Primary Diploma from the Montessori Institute of San Diego, and will receive her M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland in 2014. She is a vivacious speaker with 30+ years experience presenting at schools, libraries, conferences and book stores. Lee has a genuine rapport with students of all ages, and is able to change the complexity and style of her programs to best suit the needs of each audience.


Skype Visits

Meet & Greet…Readings...Short Q&A
10-15 minutes: Free!

Q&A...PowerPoint Presentations...Writing Workshop
45-60 minutes: $

Educators: Before Skypeing with Lee, please download her hand-out Secrets to a Successful Skype Visit. 

Equipment Needed: 

Before the Skype Visit:

  • Teacher/Librarian will download Lee’s Author Packet and share the materials with the students

  • Students must read at least one or two of Lee’s books

  • All questions for Lee will be written down ahead of time

  • Teacher/Librarian will decide in what order the questions will be asked – and who will ask them

  • A sound/visual check will be performed at least 24 hours prior to the visit. It’s also best to perform another check 15-30 minutes prior to going live with the students

  • In case of difficulties, the school’s phone number and/or educator’s cell number will be made available to Lee

  • Payment is due before the online visit

For information about scheduling a Skype visit with Lee, please email her at:

For more info about Virtual Author Visits, visit

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Terrific Connections with Authors, Illustrators & Storytellers: Real Space and Virtual Links by Toni Buzzeo and Jane Kurtz
To purchase, visit:


On-Site School Visits



"Recipe for a Book” – grades K to 3rd 

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“101 Ways to Bug Your Characters – grades 4th to 8th

animated cat

"Eight Things I Learned from My Cats About Writing Haiku"
A Writer's Workshop for Grades 3rd-9th

looking out "From Shelter to Shelf: How an Author and Illustrator Turned the Tale of an Abandoned Shelter Cat into an Award-winning Children's Book"
A PowerPoint Presentation for all ages

A One-day Visit Includes:

  • Two large-group assemblies of your choice (a third presentation may be added for schools with more than 500 students)
  • Question & Answer session after each program
  • One twenty-minute storytelling session for kindergarteners
  • Book Sale & Autograph session
  • Lunch with the Author (featuring selected students)


  • Within California: $1500 a day, plus the Three M’s: Mileage, Motel & Meals
  • Out-of-State:  $2,000 a day, plus expenses
  • Honorarium is expected the day of the visit

Book Sales & Signing: 

Want to inspire lifelong readers with a personalized, autographed book? Ask a local independent bookstore to order and sell Lee’s books at your school before and after her presentation. Or, to help offset her fee, Lee will bring copies of her books to sell and sign, and will donate 20% of the proceeds (her author discount) to your school library or PTA program. (Sorry, only within California!)

Prior to the school visit, Lee will provide an Author Packet containing:

  • Contract
  • Book order form for duplication
  • Teachers’ guides
  • Classroom activities
  • Bio and photo
  • Postcards of book covers for classroom/library display
  • Reviews & Articles
  • …and much more!     

Prior to the school visit, the school will:

  • Share the materials from Lee’s Author Packet with staff and students (materials can either be duplicated or read online)
  • Make sure each class has read and discussed at least two of Lee’s books
  • Sign and returned one copy of the contract
  • Requisition a check for Lee’s honorarium

The day of the Author Visit, the school will provide:

  • Two large tables
  • Microphone with a long cord
  • Screen and Power Point projector/computer (if needed)
  • Bottle of water
  • Lunch for the author (if author will be present past noon)
  • Author’s payment
  • A volunteer (parent, teacher, librarian, older student) to help with book sale money and orders so that Lee may concentrate on chatting with the students while autographing their books

For booking information,
or if you have questions/comments/suggestions,
please contact Lee:


Lee’s Author Packet

lee wardlaw image How to Host a Successful Author Visit
Sample School Visit Schedule
Lee’s Bio
Lee’s Books
Lee’s Awards & Honors
Fun Facts About Lee 
Lee’s Online Interviews & Articles
Author Visit Activities
Question Suggestions
Recommended Books for Educators
Markets for Young Writers
Tips for Writing to Authors

Teachers’ Guides
Recommended Blogs & Websites
Author Evaluation Form

Recommended Books for Writing Teachers
Secrets to a Successful Skype Visit
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101 Questions to Ask a Children’s Book Author
This page features information readers might need if they’re writing a report about Lee.


101 Ways to Bug Lee Wardlaw
A humorous look at the things that drive children’s  author Lee Wardlaw absolutely buggy!

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Book Store Presentations

Bookstore presentations benefit:

  • Students and Educators – who are treated to a lively, interactive, educational, fun program, free of charge
  • Parents – who can foster a love of books and reading by introducing their children to authors/illustrators
  • Bookstores – because the more people who attend, the more books are sold!
  • Authors – who get to meet and greet their readers!

If you are a bookstore owner or events manager, please contact Lee to discuss the type of program you’d like to host.  Lee is available to do readings and autograph sessions, as well as writing workshops (for children or adults), readers’ theatre programs, Q & A’s, and more.

Workshops/Presentations for Adults


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