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Bruce Hale Author Visit Kit


PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

What do you want in an author visit? Someone who delivers content relevant to your students and curriculum. Someone entertaining who knows how to talk to kids. That’s what Bruce Hale can deliver. As a professional speaker and member of the National Speakers Association (the premier organization for professional speakers), he’s all about making your visit day a success — and a fun one!

Bruce is the author and illustrator of over 40 books for young readers, including Clark the Shark and the award-winning Chet Gecko Mysteries. His Snoring Beauty was one of Oprah’s Recommended Reads for Kids, and Murder My Tweet won a Little D Award for Humor Writing. He’s spoken at schools, libraries, and conferences from New York to New Delhi, and as an actor and storyteller, he knows how to keep audiences engaged.

Bruce lives in Santa Barbara, California, and you can find him online at


Description of the Author’s Presentation

Dream Big Author Assembly

Grades K-6
45 minutes

A blend of character education, stand-up comedy, and pro-literacy message, this highly interactive assembly includes:

  • Storytelling from one of Bruce’s books;
  • Audiovisual presentation about his journey from reluctant reader to author;
  • Question and answer session with the audience; and
  • A brief cartooning lesson.


Although the basic presentation remains similar, Bruce will alter it for different grades to be age-specific.

Story Power Writing Workshop

Grades 3-6; 100 students max
50 minutes

Energize your writing program by introducing your students to the fundamentals of story writing in a fun, lively format. This interactive workshop includes storytelling, the creative process, basic story elements, and the creation of a group story right on the spot.


Conference and Festival Appearances

Bruce has presented to national and international conferences of educators and writers, on topics ranging from Hooking Reluctant Readers, to Storytelling Skills Every Librarian Should Know, from Rocking the Skype Author Visit, to various workshops on the writing craft.


Virtual Visits

Bruce has done Skype Author Visits with classrooms from Hong Kong to Houston. His visits usually include a presentation with slides on how he went from reluctant reader to author, a dramatic reading from one of his books, a Q&A with the students, and a brief cartooning demonstration.  However, visits can be tailored to meet the needs of the school, and can focus on the writing process, cartooning, revision, or any number of topics.

Fee: $250 per 40-minute session; $350 for two Skype sessions on the same day.


Note: Bruce also does 10-minute freebie sessions for classrooms that have read his books and want to discuss them.

AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits

Bruce travels with his own laptop computer and dongle. He will require:

  • Powerpoint projector
  • Screen
  • Microphone (preferably lavaliere, but others will work)
  • Small table
  • Easel, pad, and markers
  • Bottled water


For rates and fees please fill out our author visit request form and someone will respond shortly.

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