Alyson Gerber wore a back brace for scoliosis during middle school, an experience that led to her debut novel, Braced, which has received starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. Before becoming an author, she worked in marketing and was a teacher in New York City, where she currently lives. You can visit her online at

Alyson offers day-long school visits for students in third grade through high school, which include a series of 45-60 minute interactive presentations focused on inclusion, dis/ability, difference, and friendship.

Alyson’s experience as an educator and her own challenges with scoliosis, body image, and ADHD inform her presentations. Alyson helps every student to build confidence, find their voice, and develop sensitivity for others. A typical program includes:

  • Alyson shares her story and difficult journey to self-acceptance
  • Reader's Theater
  • Writing Workshop


Conference and Festival Appearances


Finding Common Ground

30-60 minutes

As an educator, Alyson has worked with both kids and adults. She offers presentations for all audiences on how to create a safe space for students of all ages to have an honest dialogue about difference and dis/ability. She shares ways to motivate and inspire students to write about personal challenges and how to use their own experience to develop empathy for others. 

Virtual Visits

Alyson is happy to Skype with classes for 30 minutes for free, if they have purchased a set of books.

AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits

Alyson will bring her presentation on a flash drive. She’ll need a laptop and a projector screen to display her embarrassing childhood photos, among other visuals. She’ll also need a microphone for groups larger than 50.


For rates and fees please fill out our Author Request form and the Author Visits Manager will respond shortly. 


Ordering Books

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