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Visit Kit

Dan Gutman Author Visit Kit

Birthday
October 19, 1955
Birthplace
New York, New York, United States of America
Current home
Haddonfield, New Jersey, United States of America

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Dan Gutman limits his visits to schools in New Jersey and the Philadelphia area. For others, he offers a "virtual author visit" on DVD. For information, go to www.dangutman.com.

Dan uses sports to get kids excited about reading and writing. His many books about baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, bowling, golf, and figure skating draw both boys and girls into his presentations. There are six parts to Dan's school visits:

  1. He shows how his books are created from start to finish
  2. He show slides of research materials, rejection letters, cover designs, and pictures of himself as a child
  3. Q&A period
  4. Dan and a smaller group of students improvise a novel in twenty minutes, with the kids supplying the characters and plot
  5. Lunch with a group of 5–10 students
  6. Book-signing

Dan's talk is delivered with honesty and down-to-earth humor. Students are inspired, not only to read and write, but also to overcome rejection, to be persistent, to take the initiative, and to pursue their dreams. Dan also supplies a teacher's guide, autographed bookmark, and a handout with tips for aspiring authors.

If you want to contact Dan Gutman yourself, please visit his website.

Author's Home: New Jersey (near Philadelphia)
Suggested audience: Grades K-5
Honorarium: $1,500 per day in New Jersey. $2,000 plus expenses outside New Jersey.
Maximum number of presentations per day: 4

 

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Overhead Teaching Kit: Easy Reading Lessons for the Overhead

by Lisa Blau

Grades

1–2, 3–5

Guided Reading Level

Not Available

Books | Individual Titles | Activity Book
Starting at: $11.95

Lois Lowry

by Chris Bowman

Grades

1–2, 3–5

Guided Reading Level

M

Books | Individual Titles | Library Binding
Starting at: $23.00

Holiday Helper

by Jane O'Connor , Deborah Melmon, Jill Abramson

Grades

1–2, 3–5

Guided Reading Level

G

Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
Starting at: $3.99

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by Alyssa Satin Capucilli , Pat Schories

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Guided Reading Level

F

Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
Starting at: $4.00

Read and Rise

by Myles C. Pinkney , Sandra L. Pinkney

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Guided Reading Level

Not Available

Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
Starting at: $4.95

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by Joan Holub , Melissa Sweet

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Guided Reading Level

O

Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
Starting at: $5.00
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