I am available for in-person and virtual school and library visits. Below are sample presentations, which can be tailored for your audience. I can create custom presentations on request.
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Dive Into SECRETS OF THE SEA (Grades K-6)
I read my nonfiction picture book SECRETS OF THE SEA to students, then explore the true story behind the book: How a revolutionary seamstress-turned-marine-biologist took the scientific world by storm in the 19th century by inventing aquariums and solving a mystery that had baffled scientists for ages.
Key Topics: History, Research, STEM
Journey of a Novel (Grades 3-8)
I share how MANATEE SUMMER grew from a poem to a short story to a novel, demonstrating how we never know where a piece of writing might lead us. I also explore how memories can be shaped into fiction, inviting kids to see their own lives as wells of inspiration. Includes a reading.
Key Topics: Inspiration, Process, Publishing
Feedback from Educators
"Evan's engaging presentation made a significant impact on our students. He authentically connected and shared his passion for science and animals. He clearly remembers how it feels to be a middle schooler and our students felt that. He answered all students' questions thoroughly and thoughtfully." —Anne Detwiler, Librarian, Ross A Lurgio Middle School
Inquire About Author Visits
To inquire about a visit, use the contact form below. Rates vary depending on location and length and number of presentations. Educators seeking funding for author visits: Check out this fantastic blog post by author Donna Janell Bowman. Educators in the Austin, TX area: You may be able to receive funding through Project WISE, a Writers’ League of Texas program.