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Laurie Calkhoven Author Visit Kit


3–5, 6–8, 9–12

Laurie Calkhoven, recipient of the Beacon of Freedom Award from Colonial Williamsburg, wanted to be a writer ever since she got her first library card and was set free among the picture books. She is especially interested in American history and discovering how ordinary kids grow up to be extraordinary. Her books appear on numerous state reading lists. She lives in New York City and spends a lot of time at the library.

For more information about Laurie Calkhoven, visit her website.

Description of the Author’s Presentation

Ordinary Kids, Extraordinary Adventures
45–60 minutes
Grades 3–12

Before they were presidents and world leaders, they were boys and girls! Laurie Calkhoven uses history to get students excited about reading, writing, and exploring the world around them. She talks about how ordinary kids (and a few animals) grew up to change the world. Along the way, she reveals some of the weird and wacky facts she uncovered in her research, shares the tools of good research and good writing, and talks about the differences between spell check and real revision.


Conference and Festival Appearances

Laurie loves visiting conferences and children’s book festivals, and will happily create a presentation or writer’s workshop suited to your needs.

You can check out her list of upcoming book festivals.

Virtual Visits

Laurie is happy to participate in 20–30 minute Q&A sessions via Skype with book clubs, scout troops, classes, or library groups that have read at least one of her books.

AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits

Laurie will bring her own laptop, but requires a connection to a projector. In larger rooms, a microphone is a big help.


$1,200 plus expenses for up to four presentations per day or three presentations and one smaller writing workshop. Fees are negotiable for multi-day visits and for visits within New York City and its environs.

Ordering Books

Schools and libraries may order books at a discounted rate by visiting The Scholastic Teacher Store or by calling 1-800-SCHOLASTIC.

Susan Cheyney

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