Since 2001, more than 75 author and illustrator volunteers have visited 150 Community Nights! Visiting authors read one of their stories to families and answer student questions. Classrooms of students will have discussed the author’s book beforehand and often prepare a special welcome for the visiting author. Following the author’s presentation, the author speaks separately with parents, sharing inspirations, challenges, and their writing and publishing process. Authors personally sign their books for the families in attendance after the workshops.
TTP is grateful for the many authors and illustrators who volunteer their time and talents to visit with our school communities. We are especially grateful to the Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C. for their partnership in the District and their generous author and illustrator members.
If you are an author or illustrator interested in scheduling a volunteer visit to one of Turning the Page’s partner schools, please email D.C. Director of Programs Ellie Canter or Chicago Director of Programs Kylia Kummer.