School visits

I love visiting schools! I've been doing author visits across the country for the past 15+ years. My goal?

Get students excited about reading and writing!

Since I used to be an elementary teacher, I love interacting with students. And since my master’s degree is in Educational Media, my favorite topic to talk about is children’s books. (And good writing!)

Promotional Material (pdf)

For grades K/1st to 8th… (PreK-K, middle of page)

In my powerpoint presentations, I include the following, but get more and more detailed the older the students. For all grade levels, the presentations are dynamic and fun!

Goodridge KY

Goodridge Elementary, Hebron KY
where I used to teach!

I talk about
how I get ideas for books
the importance of reading
the importance of revising (and revising!)

I show
how a book is made - rough drafts to bound copy
my 220 rejections before getting published
proofs of forthcoming books
a large print sheet (impressive!)
where I live and home office where I write
the hundreds of children's books I own

I read one of my books
I give lots of writing tips! (see below)*
I have a question/answer time

*During the last part of each session, I give lots(!) of concrete tips to students about…


This part of the program especially earns terrific feedback from teachers!!

For the youngest ones (PreK-K)…

PUPPETS AND MUSIC AND SHAPES, OH MY! (30 minute presentation) Students participate with puppets as I read Barnyard Song. Ten large shapes and a guessing game are used with When a Line Bends…A Shape Begins. African instruments are used with Jamboree Day. Get ready for fun, oh my!

Mann KY

Mann Elementary, Union KY


Barnyard Song puppets

The basics:

It's always a great visit when students are prepared. A few weeks ahead, get them acquainted with me (website) and my books.
I prefer 50-minute presentations (30 min. for PreK-K).
Discretion is used at public schools regarding my religious titles.
All presentations are very age-appropriate.
Maximum of 4 presentations a day; 2 for half-day (a 30-minute session for am or pm K can possibly be added).
I'm comfortable presenting to all group sizes, small to large (300+).
A simple contract is sent and a list of things needed the day of the visit.
No deposit is required.
A book order form is available.
I'm happy to sign books students have ordered.
Standard government mileage rate is charged when driving.
Lodging is needed the night before if more than an hour drive from my house.
Out-of-state schools can share travel/lodging expenses if I'm booked at more than one school in the district.
Fees: My fees are very reasonable. Please inquire regarding them.

If you have questions, or would like more information regarding my presentations, just email.
For tips on hosting an author visit, see the School Visit Author/Illustrator Wish List.

Writing workshop

Besides school visits, I also…

  1. do writing workshops,
  2. speak at Family Reading Night programs,
  3. do library programs, and
  4. speak to adult groups - reading, library, writing conferences; and keynotes. (My talks are most often customized according to a particular event or conference topic.) See Other Presentations for more info.

What they're saying…

"We had Rhonda Gowler Greene speak to our kids today as part of our annual Young Authors' Conference. She was AMAZING! She really held the interest of our students. Our teachers were thrilled and took away much to tie into their writing curriculum. We highly recommend this author!" - Catherine Trinkle, media specialist Avon, IN

"Her visit was fantastic. The reflection from the teachers is that she was the best (speaker/ author) they've had, and she was able to capture the attention and respect of all age groups." - Gaylord Herald Times Lisa King, Literacy Coach

"After talking to many of the teachers, they have had rave reviews of your presentations. Their students really took a lot away from your talks!" - Florence KY media specialist

"I just wanted to let you know how much everyone enjoyed your presentations and enthusiasm for writing and reading. The middle school teachers couldn't believe how much their students actually heard during the assembly. They remembered a lot about good writing the next day! And the 3rd through 6th grade teachers LOVED your presentation!" - Ubly MI teacher

"Thanks again for the wonderful presentations. I have heard many great comments from staff and students!"
Wyoming MI teacher

"The students are still talking about your visit. You made a very nice impression on them!" - West Bloomfield MI teacher

"I've heard nothing but positive feedback from everyone here." - Florence KY media specialist

"What an inspiration you were to our students!" - Traverse City MI teacher

"Your Family Reading Night program was just delightful!" - Apple Creek OH principal

Regarding sparkle writing...

"Thank you so much for coming to our school and doing such an awesome job!! The teachers were so happy with the presentations, especially using 'sparkle' words. They are using that same word now because of the impact you made on the students." - Sterling Heights MI principal

"My students and teachers are abuzz (sparkle word) about your visit. We loved it!!" - Carmel IN media specialist

"Several teachers caught me after school to express their appreciation for your presentations. They can't wait to work with their students on adding 'sparkle' to their writing!" - Grandville MI media specialist

I look forward to visiting your school!

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