Teacher Resources and Author Visits

Author Visits: (Scroll down for grant info. and teacher resources/activity pages.)

“My students LOVED having Jessica Young come and visit our school! She was extremely engaging and she truly brought her books to life! Our students were entranced by her stories . . . .  I bought all of her books for my classroom library because my students were hungry to read them again and again! I would HIGHLY encourage other teachers and schools to invite her to read to their students. A few of my students have told me that they want to be an author when they grow up after having her visit us.” — Ashley Ogle, Kindergarten Teacher, Nashville, TN

“My kids loved the visit from Jessica Young. Having an author come . . . lit fires in many of my young readers. I was able to purchase some of her books, and it has been a battle as to who gets to read them next. I have even overheard mini book club discussions regarding their favorite part, parts that made them laugh, or parts that caught them off guard.” — Katie Barksdale, 3rd Grade Teacher, Nashville, TN

“Athens City School System had the pleasure of having Jessica Young visit for two and a half days to meet with all five of our schools. . . . Jessica is a wonderful presenter! She kept the students engaged, presented information relevant to students’ lives, and made wonderful connections to school curriculum. The presentations . . . were a great asset to our school system!” — Lori Farley, Athens City Schools, Athens, TN

“Working, planning, and organizing with Jessica was great. She is very knowledgeable about the needs of various students and prepared a program that was extremely engaging, educational and fun. One of the most incredible things that I saw was the way in which Jessica was able to engage with the students. Teachers and students alike were very receptive to the program that she ran . . . an amazing opportunity for our students who left feeling encouraged to write their own stories!” — Deepa Jain, Teacher-Librarian, Dublin Heights Elementary and Middle School, Toronto, ON

“Ms. Youngʼs presentation was both fun and engaging. . . . She had a lasting impact on our students . . . . Students at our school were creating pieces of art and poetry based on Jessicaʼs book due to her enthusiasm and willingness to share her personal stories. I found Jessica to be outstanding in her preparation, delivery and follow up. . . . I give her my highest possible recommendation.” — June Rysinski, Teacher-Librarian, Corpus Christi School, Thunder Bay, ON

“The kids really loved your presentation, and the teachers were very impressed with how you keep them involved and listening. . . . The discussion on writing tools and the process of drafting and editing was very helpful for their Reading/Language Arts skills. And the encouragement of hearing that they all had idea seeds in their minds that could develop into stories was wonderful.”  — Suzanne Costner, School Library Media Specialist, Fairview Elementary School, Maryville, TN

“Jessica did a great job bringing her book to life for students by including stories about herself as a child and adult.  She showed students how she used criticism constructively to improve her writing.  Her words about persevering have stayed with my students.” — Melissa Sherman, Second Grade Teacher, University School of Nashville, Nashville, TN

“Jessica was able to engage the students by using creative activities and asking questions. After the presentation, teachers continually came up to me to tell me how much they enjoyed the visit.” — Brandy Spencer, Library Technician, St. Mark Elementary School, Burlington, ON

I’ve been a teacher for more than twenty years, and I love working with teachers and library media specialists to tailor presentations and workshops to best suit the needs of each school.


Adapted for age/grade level
, 40-55 minutes. Up to 200 students per presentation is preferable — less for a more personal experience (although greater numbers can be accommodated).

Various presentations include: the writing and publishing process, writing tools (literary devices and more), story structures, revision
, writing tips, and Q&A.


Hands-on activities designed for one class (up to 30 students), 
40-60 minutes, depending on grade level and activities.


Contact me to talk about a class Skype visit!


Fees vary based on location and presentation specifics — full-day, half-day, bundled school visits (more than one school), and Skype visits. I also offer discounts for schools ordering 50 books or more. Contact me for more information using the contact page or at: jessica*at*jessicayoungbooks.com


TN Arts Commission: I’m a Teaching Artist on the TN Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster, which means that public schools in TN can apply to have my school visit fees covered through grants like the Student Ticket Subsidy program: “The Student Ticket Subsidy (STS) grant program provides funds for artist fees, ticket costs, and transportation fees for students from Tennessee public schools to experience a broad variety of cultural opportunities, arts disciplines, and artists.” If you know any TN teachers or school librarians/media specialists who might be interested in having me — or another teaching artist — visit, feel free to spread the word about this great program! *Please note: The STS grant opens on August 13, for the 2019/2020 school year and grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’re thinking of applying, don’t wait! (Arts Education Mini Grants can be used for after-school and other community visits.)

Kentucky Speakers Bureau: I’m also on the Kentucky Speakers Bureau Roster, which allows Kentucky schools to apply for free author visits through Kentucky Humanities.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Amber Brown Grant: This grant provides a school with a free author visit and free books.

Check out your state Humanities Council or Arts Commission for grants in your area, or consider partnering with a local library or university for author visits.


Teacher Resources and Activity Sheets:

Play This Book and Pet This Book

Print coloring pages and activities for PLAY THIS BOOK and PET THIS BOOK

My Blue is Happy

Print teacher resources and activities for MY BLUE IS HAPPY:

K-2 Teacher Guide and K-2 Activity Sheets

3-5 Teacher Guide and 3-5 Activity Sheets

“My ___ is ___like________.” Activity Sheet

Haggis and Tank Unleashed Series

Print HAGGIS AND TANK UNLEASHED activities: Homophone Hunt, Design Your Own Pirate Flag, Create Your Own Dialogue, Packing Light, and Same and Different activity sheets, and After Reading Guide.

Additional HAGGIS AND TANK UNLEASHED activities and lesson ideas.

Print HAGGIS AND TANK UNLEASHED posters on imagination and reading here and here.

Finley Flowers Series

Find out more about Finley Flowers and print activities.

Spy Guy the Not-So-Secret Agent

Print SPY GUY activities.


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