ALAN Online offers its readers a list of authors and speakers who are available for appearances—school visits, library visits, readings, conferences, etc. The information below is divided into three general categories: Agencies that represent speakers for visits; book publishers who coordinate author visits and publicity; and individuals who handle their own bookings. If you have questions regarding the Speakers Bureau, please contact Catherine Balkin at BalkinBuddies [at] aol [dot] com.


Section One – Author Appearance Coordinators who handle numerous authors and artists:

Balkin Buddies
14105 Roller Ln.
Hudson, FL 34667
Telephone: (727) 378-4191
Contact: Catherine Balkin
Email: BalkinBuddies [at] aol [dot] com

This site features 70-100 authors, providing author photos, author bios, honorariums, information on their presentations, equipment needs, references, information about their books including awards, details about how to order their books, and comments from teachers where the authors have visited. Information on author tours is provided for schools or libraries who wish to arrange tie-in visits and thus cut down on expenses. Authors are also organized by states of residence and grade levels of their books. Tips for organizing a successful author event, and details about the cost involved in arranging an author appearance are included. On every author’s book ordering page, there is a link showing which publisher owns which publisher to help with the book ordering process. There is also information on authors and artist available for online chats, as well as tips on how to host successful chats.

The Booking Biz
Carmen Oliver
Austin, TX
telephone 512-657-5052

Carmen Oliver, former assistant regional advisor for the Austin SCBWI chapter, launched the Booking Biz in 2014. The Booking Biz so far represents about 9 or 10 authors and illustrators for school visits, library visits, conferences, festivals and special events.

Briarwood Writers’ Alliance

61 Briarwood Circle
Needham Heights, MA 02494-1829
Telephone 781-449-7638

Briarwood represents about 150 poets and writers for children, young adults and adults. They represent only those writers whose books are taught in college curriculums.

Toni Buzzeo

tonibuzzeo [at] tonibuzzeo [dot] com

Toni Buzzeo’s site features more than 100 authors. This site provides sample contracts, links to online articles, online visit resources, online visit opportunities, information about other booking agents. There’s also a bio of Toni Buzzeo and information about her own author visits and published books, including Terrific Connections with Authors, Illustrators, and Storytellers: Real Space and Virtual Links by Toni Buzzeo and Jane Kurtz. Authors are listed by state of residence and there are links to author websites.

The Children’s Book Guild

Washington, DC
email: theguild [at] childrensbookguild [dot] org

The Children’s Book Guild of Washington D.C. is a professional organization of published authors and illustrators, and specialists in children’s literature. Their speakers’ list includes those members of the Guild who are willing to set up speaking engagements both in their home locations or out of town. Fees, books, availability, some presentation details, links to author pages where available, and author contact information are provided.


Connecting Authors
Susan B. Katz
telephone 866-528-9269
susan [at] connectingauthors [dot] org

The goal of Connecting Authors is to inspire at-risk youth to become lifelong readers and writers by mentoring them through the book publication process. Connecting Authors connects diverse children’s authors with schools and publishers, promoting literary arts and representing over 80 authors.

Dayton Bookings

2753 E. Pedigo Bay Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401
Jean Dayton
(p) 812-824-5017
email jean [at] daytonbookings [dot] com

Dayton Bookings handles author visits for about 25 authors and links to author websites for most of them. All of their authors are available for school, conference and library bookings. Honorariums are listed on the website. Dayton Bookings provides promotional materials for their authors, along with ordering information for available books, and offers tips for planning a visit.

Dave Greenberg’s Authors and Illustrators who Visit Schools (AIVS)
telephone 360-560-7766
fax 360-232-8218
email authilus [at] teleport [dot] com

The Authors and Illustrators who Visit Schools (AIVS) website represents twenty authors-illustrators who are devoted to dual arts: writing/illustrating and presenting programs to kids. This site provides information on each author’s books, awards, honorariums, presentation information, equipment needs, biographical data, references, and author contact information, including a link to each author’s website, if available.
This site features about 50 authors and illustrators and offers biographical information, reviews and other details about their books, and provides contact information.

Sharron L. McElmeel

3000 N. Center Point Rd.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52411-9548
Telephone 319 393 2562
Email sharron [at] mcbookwords [dot] com

Sharron McElmeel’s McBookworks web page features links to about a dozen authors/illustrators whose author appearances are handled by McBookwords. The site provides information about the programs, sometimes very detailed information, links to the authors’ websites, and provides contact information for booking the

Paul Oughton
Author Illustrator Source
1220 Gainesway Dr.
Lexington, KY 40517
Telephone: (859) 272-9828
wpauloughton [at] embarqmail [dot] com
This site features an alphabetical list of authors and artists in various national, international, and regional sections. The regional sections include the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic, the South, the Midwest, the West, the Pacific, and the Virgin Islands. The list provides biographical information, published books, descriptions of author presentations, number of presentations preferred, audio-visual equipment required, and honorariums, and links to author websites or other information on how to contact them. a division of Five Star Publications, Inc. 
PO Box 6698
Chandler, AZ 85246-6698
(480) 940-8182
Fax (480) 940-8787

Contact: Linda F. Radke
info [at] SchoolBookings [dot] com
Persuading great authors to visit their schools has always been a challenge for educators, yet there are many excellent authors who’d love to speak to schoolchildren if given the opportunity. We bridge that gap, providing educators a database of authors eager to do book signings and presentations.


Janet Zade
Zade Educational Partners
Hingham, MA 02043
Telephone 781.749.2733
fax: 781-749-5507
news4jaz [at] aol [dot] com

This site features seven to ten authors, providing links to author websites, tips for organizing a successful author event, and comments from teachers where the authors have visited.

Section Two – Author Appearance Coordinators at Publishing Houses

115 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
Jason M. Wells, Exec. Dir., Publicity & Marketing
(p) 212.229.8826
(c) 646.456.5446
(f) 212.366.0809
Jwells [at] abramsbooks [dot] com

Albert Whitman & Company
250 S. Northwest Highway, Suite 320
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Michelle F. Bayuk, Director of Marketing
(p) direct 847-232-2811
Mbayuk [at] albertwhitman [dot] com

Boyds Mills Press
815 Church Street
Honesdale, PA 18431
Elizabeth Knight
Marketing Coordinator, Book Publishing
(f) 570-251-4554
(f) 570-253-0179
elizabeth [dot] knight [at] boydsmillspress [dot] com

Bloomsbury/Walker Books
175 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10010
Linette Kim
linette [dot] kim [at] bloomsbury [dot] com

Candlewick Press
99 Dover St.
Somerville, MA 02144
Anne Irza-Leggat
(p) 617/588-4466
(f) 617/575-4466
anne [dot] irza-leggat [at] candlewick [dot] com


85 Main Street
Watertown, MA  02472
Donna Spurlock
(p) 617/926-0329
(f) 617/926-5720
dspurlock [at] charlesbridge [dot] com

Clarion Books
an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
215 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003
Author appearances are handled out of Boston, so please see the Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt Children’s Book Group contact information shown below.

Chronicle Books
Children’s Events
680 Second St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Lea_Yancey [at] chroniclebooks [dot] com

44 South Broadway
White Plains, NY 10601
914 288 4100
 general telephone
614 312 1230
 Lisa McClatchy (call her first)
HyperionVisits [at] aol [dot] com

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
2140 Oak Industrial Dr NE
Grand Rapids MI 49505
Lara Sissell, Publicist
direct line: 616-234-0548
toll free: 800-253-7521
publicity [at] eerdmans [dot] com

443 Park Ave South
Room 806
New York, NY 10075
Katie Halata
(p) 646-430-7385 (direct line)
katiehalata [at] egmont [dot] com

10 East 53 Street
New York, NY 10022
email authorvisits [at] harpercollins [dot] com

Holiday House
425 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Tel 212-688-0085
Fax 212-421-6134
Hayley Gonnason
hgonnason [at]  holidayhouse [dot] com

Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt Children’s Book Group
222 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116
Caroline Litwack
Publicity Assistant
(p) 617-351-5968
caroline [dot] litwack [at] hmhpub [dot] com

Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Macmillan Children’s includes the following imprints:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers;
Feiwel and Friends;
First Second Books;
Henry Holt Books for Young Readers;
Priddy Books;
Roaring Brook Press,
Square Fish.

Authors and artists for any and all these imprints may be reached directly by googling their individual websites or checking with author appearance coordinators/booking agents with whom many of them are associated (see Section One above).

Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books
99 White Plains Rd.
Tarrytown, NY 10591-9001
(p) 914-332-8888, ext. 309
Contact: Brian Buerkle
Email: bbuerkle [at] marshallcavendish [dot] com
See also www [dot] BalkinBuddies [dot] com

Maupin House Publishing, Inc.
2416 NW 71st Place
Gainesville, FL 32653
(p) (800) 524-0634
(c ) 352-283-9353
(f) (352) 373-5546
Contact: Rebecca Lukowski
Email: rlukowski [at] maupinhouse [dot] com


133 Main Avenue
South Hampton, NH 03827
Nancy Hogan
Marketing Coordinator
(c) 828-337-8460
(o) 828-252-8545
email hogan [at] namelos [dot] com

Peachtree Publishers
1700 Chattahoochee Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30318
Emily Rivet
(p) 404-876-8761, ext. 111
(f) 404-875-2578
rivet [at] peachtree-online [dot] com

Penguin Group
345 Hudson St.
New York, NY 10014
Sara Ortiz
Author Appearance Coordinator
P) 212 414 3708
Sara [dot] ortiz [at] us [dot] penguingroup [dot] com or

Authorvisits [at] us [dot] penguingroup [dot] com

Random House Children’s Books
1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Lisa McClatchy
(p) 212-782-9369
liske [at] aol [dot] com

Scholastic Inc.
557 Broadway
New York, NY 10012-3999
Antonio Gonzalez
Associate Marketing Manager for Author Visits
(p) 212-389-3772
hagonzalez [at] scholastic [dot] com

Simon & Schuster Children’s 
1230 Ave. of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
author [dot] appearances [at] simonschuster [dot] com

Section Three – Website sources with directories/links to author websites:

•McBookwords: Authors and Illustrators on the Web – email sharron [at] mcbookwords [dot] com. Links to a number of author and illustrator sites that are generated by the author/illustrator him or herself or in some cases by an individual fan of the author/illustrator’s work are provided, as is a great deal of other information on children’s book authors, illustrators, and their work.

•Cooperative Children’s Book Center(CCBC)/University of Wisconsin-School of Education’s Directory of Wisconsin Children’s Book Creators. Browse this online directory,, which features contact information as well as awards, presentations, honorariums, and/or book lists for more than 100 authors and illustrators living in Wisconsin and willing to make appearances at schools and libraries. The online Directory enables authors and illustrators to add entries or update their information at any time. Visitors to the CCBC site can browse the Directory, or search by name or Wisconsin city/county. Barbe Kilroy designed this site for those who wish to write to their favorite authors. “We have written to these authors, and all of them have written back to the students, “says Ms. Kilroy, “usually sending a little note, bookmark, bookplate, or one letter that you can copy.”


Director of Libraries
The William Penn Charter School
3000 West School House Lane
Philadelphia, PA. 19144
Phone (office): 215-844-3460 x168
Phone (cell): 215-850-6678
Phone (home): 215-843-4024
Fax: 215-844-5537
Email: rbarber [at] penncharter [dot] com

Honorarium: $100 plus expenses

Subjects of special interest:
-Best Books of the Year
-Newbery and Printz Committees


University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
150 Swarts Hall, 300 Campus Drive
Bradford, PA 16701
Phone: 814-362-7532
Email wjb27 [at] pitt [dot] edu
90 minute workshop – $200 plus expenses
Half-day workshop – $400 plus expenses

Director of the Education Program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, PA, Wayne is also Co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of Prime Stage Theatre in Pittsburgh – a nationally recognized theatre that addresses literacy for adolescents. The company presents a range of in-school programs and produces adaptions of literature drawn from middle and secondary reading lists that include premieres of The Devil’s Arithmetic, The Westing Game, and Walk Two Moons. As a Museum Teaching Fellow of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, he uses theatre and literature to effectively teach the Holocaust.  His interactive presentations feature practical, fun, and easy to apply arts-based strategies that have helped teachers excite, engage, and enrich their students who struggle with reading.
Wayne is willing to travel throughout the U.S.
Audience Preference: Teachers and teens.

1842 Santa Margarita Drive
Fallbrook, CA 92028
760 723-6184
shorecam [at] aol [dot] com

Will do up to four hours a day
Western U.S. only
Adults only
Honorarium: one-hour speech – $500 plus expenses
Half-day (four hour) workshop – $1000 plus expenses

5980 Dandridge Lane, #228
San Diego, CA 92115
Phone: 619-286-1156
Email: mrmcart [at] sbcglobal [dot] net

Honorarium: $1,000 to 1,500 per day, plus expenses, depending on how many presentations folks want. He can give up to but no more than three presentations a day (the visits should be close together). Normally he speaks to adult audiences but will consider high school classes as well. He is willing to travel throughout the U.S. and Canada.

1016 Blackburn Bluff, Charlottesville, VA 22901
Phone: 434-973-9817
Email: kathy [at] quakinglion [dot] com

Honorarium: $100 for 1 presentation / speech; up to $300 for the day

No. of Presentations: up to 4 per day (no more than 5 hours straight)
Audience: YA, adult, or both
Subjects: anything about writing. Her novel, QUAKING, is a “Top Ten” on the ALA’s 2008 List of “Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers.”
Travel: Up to 400 miles from Charlottesville but could be anywhere if she happens to be there on a trip.


1088 VZ County Road 2816, Mabank, TX 75147
Phone:903-880-0282 (home)/972-743-0266 (cell)
bethfehlbaum [at]
Honorarium: $750 to $1,200 per day
Travel expenses of hotel/flight must be covered separately.
She’s happy to divide a day up among schools.

She can talk to every class period from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. (A teacher, she is used to such a schedule.)
She requires that schools partner with a local bookseller and provide her books for sale on-site or in conjunction with her visit. Many times the sellers will donate a percentage of profits back to the school.
Program Descriptions: She offers a program that uses what she does: writing from real life to teaching students how to recognize the “material” they have in their own lives that inspires expository and narrative writing as well as poetry and drama.
Her current program is called, “Writing: A Great Way to Work Out Your Stuff.”
She writes edgy YA fiction; thus far, her four books have dealt with Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) and/or Binge Eating Disorder. However, her objective in presenting to students is to discuss the concept of writing from one’s own experiences in a way that supports the objective of writing improvement and brainstorming.

6108 Old Brook Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
(260) 485-1785 (phone and fax; call prior to sending a fax)
info [at] helenfrost [dot] net

Books include Keesha’s House (YA), The Braid (YA), Diamond Willow (gr 4-8), Spinning through the Universe (gr 4-8).

Honorarium: This is negotiable depending on circumstances, location, and other factors.
Programs: Has separate presentation for each book, which is most effective if students have read the book prior to the visit. Can also do a general presentation about writing, drawing on all her books. Either program works well with a large audience. For a single class, she talks about writing and/or leads a writing exercise. Also has a presentation for teachers, related to her book, When I Whisper, Nobody Listens: Helping Young People Write about Difficult Issues.

Associate Professor of English Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction Neag School of Education
249 Glenbrook Road Storrs, CT 06269-2033
wendy [dot] glenn [at] uconn [dot] edu
Phone: (860) 486-0246

Honorarium: Generally $500-$1000 for a day.

Topics: Incorporating YA literature into diverse classrooms and settings; Defending YA literature against censors; Using YA literature to enhance writing instruction; Reading YA texts through multiple literary lenses; Bridging curriculum with YA texts; Learning about race and privilege through reading and discussion of YA titles

205 NW 60th St.
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206-781-5217
Fax: 206-781-5217
Email: ann_e_gonzalez [at] hotmail [dot] com
Honorarium: $100.00 for a half-day, $200.00 for a full-day (for talks within 50 miles). Add travel/hotel expenses for talks outside 50 mile radius.

Talks about what makes a story/essay effective; publishing venues open to teens; encourages young writers to nourish the writer within at a young age. Also discusses how to write compelling YA fiction.

Also talks about her YA novel, Running for My Life, and how her experience growing up with a schizophrenic mother made her want to write a book encouraging teens to consider counseling.

666 Greenwich St.
Apt. 815
New York NY 10014
Phone: 917-969-1137

Email: gwendolyn [dot] heasley [at] gmail [dot] com

Honorarium: $100.00 dollars plus travel expenses. Willing to travel anywhere in US if travel expenses are provided.

The author of the YA novel WHERE I BELONG, a recessionary novel from HarperCollins (Feb. 2011), she talks about the recession, the writing and publishing process and the importance of YA literature in her life.

Audience Preference: both teens and adults.

Professor of English EducationCollege of Education
162 University of South Florida
4202 E FowlerAvenue Tampa, FL 33620-5650
Phone: 813-974-3516
Fax: 813-974-3837
Email: Kaywell [at] tempest [dot] coedu [dot] usf [dot] edu

Author of “Adolescents At Risk: A Guide to Fiction & Nonfiction for Young Adults, Parents, and Professionals.” Best known for “Adolescent Literature As a Complement to the Classics” (4 volumes) and ”Using Literature to Help Troubled Teenagers Cope With ___ Issues” (6 volumes). Area of expertise: promoting literacy for teenagers who are both illiterate and in pain.

Honorarium: $1200, plus expenses; negotiable depending upon location and length/day of event.


Youth Services and Adolescent Literacy Consultant
8417 Wood Briar Dr.
Germantown, TN  38138
Phone: 901-752-0358
Cell: 901-481-6199

Email: bkunzel [at] aol [dot] com

Honorarium: $500 for a half-day w/two programs, $750 for a full day w/three programs, and $150 for an hour-long Skype chat.
A past president of YALSA, she presents seminars on classic young adult literature around the country for BER (the Bureau of Educational Research) and speaks at library, education, and science fiction conferences. Her topics include (but are not limited to) Best Books for Young Adults, Must-Read Young Adult Authors, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Books for Tweens, Historical Fiction, Pick of the Decade for K-Gr. 8 and Gr. 9-12, Books for Reluctant Readers and Boys.

P.O. Box 2236
Huntsville, TX 77341-2236
Email: lis_tsl [at] shsu [dot] edu (note there is an underscore between lis and tsl)
Email: tsl [at] consolidated [dot] net

Honorarium is $1500 per day, plus expenses; negotiable depending on location, length/day of event, number of presentations, etc.


P.O. Box 1892
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
Phone: 646.360.0165
Email: Georgia [at] georgiamcbride [dot] com

Agented YA, MG and Adult novelist founded  literary non-profit, YALITCHAT.ORG and weekly online chat #yalitchat, public speaker on young adult lit., freelance editor, ghostwriter, consultant to literary agents.
Honorarium $700.00/day domestic + travel and lodging.  For School visits: 4 presentations per day. International travel available as author is known in international YA reader community. International rates vary.
Programs: (1) Interactive author chats w/students grade 2 thru’ college on the art of great storytelling.  (2) Interactive author chats w/students grade 4 thru’ college on either the making of a book or how a book become a film (3) Creative writing workshops for children grade 2 up. Adults welcome in library &/or bookstore settings. (4) Social media, platform building & marketing for the published author (5) Getting published in today’s market: real-life lesson for teens thru’ adults (6) Presentations and in-service workshop for teachers & librarians on using today’s MG and YA titles in class/schools (7) New media in the classroom: from eReaders to social media teaching tools—an instructional/interactive workshop for teachers & librarians.

12808 N.W. 56 Avenue
Gainesville, Fl. 32653
Tel. 352-213-5740
emailshelleyfm [at] aol [dot] com

Honorarium: $500 for school visits within close driving distance
Programs: (please describe). Discusses her books: The Turning Hour (about a high school senior recovering from a suicide attempt); The Polio Story (a memoir detailing the development of the Salk vaccine), and/or Jason and Elihu, A Fisherman’s Story (a cross-over novel about a boy’s passage into manhood as well as lake ecology and fisheries biology). She is also part owner of a small press featuring kids with physical differences.

The iSchool at Drexel
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-895-1263
Email: vmorris [at] drexel [dot] edu (best mode of contact)
Honorarium: Travel Expenses

Topics of interest:
Street Literature/Urban fiction – its history, evolution, literary elements
Reading and literacy practices of urban teens
Library programming for urban teens
Cultural competency in public librarianship


1082 E Canyon Way
Chandler, AZ 85249
tel. 480 883 8766
email: rallison1 [at] cox [dot] net

Honorarium: Full day (four 45-60 min. sessions): Phoenix, AZ $500/elsewhere in AZ $750 + expenses/outside AZ $1,000 + expenses//Half day (two 45-60 min. sessions): Phoenix, AZ $250/elsewhere in AZ $400 + expenses/outside AZ $700 + expenses//For just one session (45-60 min.): Phoenix, AZ $200/elsewhere in AZ $300 + expenses/outside AZ $700 + expenses.

Programs: Plot Workshops: Children will understand what elements make up a plot and create one of their own. Creativity workshops: Teaches brainstorming techniques, and the children will work on creating a story. Becoming a Writer Program: (for older children and adults interested in writing): Learn common mistakes and how to avoid them.

8223 Grape View Ct. N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 81722
Phone: (505) 293-5478
Email: loisruby [at] comcast [dot] net

Honorarium $750.00 + travel, lodging, and meals.  For School visits: 4 presentations per day.

Programs: (1) Interactive author chats with students 4th grade through college.  (2) Presentations and in-service workshops for teachers and librarians on using historical ficition and multicutural literature in schools; censorship issues; and “Literature of Resistance and Resilience.” (3) Creative writing workshops for children 4th grade and up, and adults.

Professor, Curriculum & Instruction
Baylor University, One Bear Place #97314, Waco, TX 76798-7314
(254) 710-6121
email: Gretchen_Schwarz [at] baylor [dot] edu
Honorarium $400.00 a day plus expenses
Negotiable depending on location, time, needs.

Topics:  graphic novels in the secondary classroom; graphic novels for teaching multiple literacies; graphic novels and the new rhetorics; adolescents, YA novels,  and media literacy education, etc.

Co-editor and author of Media Literacy: Transforming Curriculum and Teaching (2005); NSSE Yearbook, Part I. Malden, MA: Blackwell; and numerous articles on graphic novels (ALAN Review, English Journal, JAAL)

Chair and Professor- Educational Studies
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
18952 E. Fisher Road
St. Mary’s City, MD 20686
ltstover [at] smcm [dot] edu

Honorarium: $200.00/day plus expenses.
Presentations on multicultural young adult literature, nonfiction in the classroom, the place of young adult literature in the secondary literacy/reading program, and the role of young adult literature in interdisciplinary teaching.

PO Box 222451
Anchorage, AK 99522
(907) 388-9303

School visits:  $500 per day for up to five hours per day, plus travel expenses.

Award-winning, twenty-year former teacher and author of ten books for children, young adults and adults.  Available for single or multi-day workshops, classroom presentations, book talks, and speeches.  Topics include Jumpstart Your Writing, Finding Your Voice, Revision Bootcamp, Teacher as Writer, and Writing from Life; will also design custom workshops and programs.  High marks from participants for enthusiastic, meaningful presentations.