"As a principal, you want the children to see assemblies that will enhance their learning and inspire them. Your assembly did just that."~Principal, Lindeneau School, Edison
  • "Several teachers have told me you were the best author we have had at our school! " ~Jaggard School PTA president, Marlton, NJ

      • "This was the very, VERY best author program that we have ever had at our school."  ~ 3rd grade teacher, Shoemaker School, Woodstown, NJ
      • “I thought the program was wonderful! The children were engaged the whole time. My favorite part was the humor that she integrated into the presentation.” ~Teacher, Lyncrest Elementary School 
      • “I learned as much as the students did!" ~Teacher, St. Elizabeth School, NJ 
      • "She put on an incredible assembly.  The kids were engaged.  It was like she was a creative classroom teacher with a really big class.  She even brainstormed with them and combined characters with events to come up with a wacky creative, funny story. ~Reading Teacher, Menlo Park Elementary, NJ 
      • "She was full of fresh writing tips and enforced how important positive thinking is and where it can take you.” ~Eagle Rock School teacher, Eagle Rock, VA
      • "I really liked how she brought a book with her that she wrote in 2nd grade.  This showed the kids that one time she wrote just like them, and now she's a famous author.  She also brought her "rejection letters" which sent a good message for the kids to never give up on their dreams." ~Teacher, Menlo Park Elementary
      • “She discussed the power of words and what elements are needed to make a good story. This supports what we teach in writing workshop." ~Teacher, Darlington Elementary, MD
      • “The author was enthusiastic and motivational. The students were further encouraged to write, and recognized ongoing growth as a writer." ~Southfield School PTA member, Shreveport, LA
      • “A winner! The author was animated, knew how to interest the children and hold their attention.” ~Teacher, McKinley Elementary, Des Moines, IA
      • “I thought the program was wonderful! The children were engaged the whole time. My favorite part was the humor that she integrated into the presentation.” ~Teacher, Lyncrest Elementary School, NJ
      •  “The students learned what it takes to be an author. They also learned that it is possible for all of them (even at this young age) to become authors and write their own stories. An amazing presentation!” ~Teacher, Star Hill School, Dover, DE
      • "I couldn't believe she kept my kindergarten class captivated for a full hour!"~Teacher, Bend Gate School, Henderson, KY


  Virtual Author/School Visits via Skype available also!

                                        RACHELLE'S AUTHOR VISIT PROMISES TO:

  • Motivate students to read, write and express themselves
  • Reinforce classroom instruction (compatible with Common Core)
  • Help students to approach revisions with a positive attitude
  • Demonstrate the rewards of perseverance
  • Offer students a chance to experience the joy and excitement of meeting a local author


~ASSEMBLY PROGRAM: "Meet Your Inner Creative Genius": This dynamic assembly program emphasizes the importance of creativity, imagination, and determination, and includes discussion of the Four R's: Read, Research, 'Rite, Revise. (See "Program Elements" below for full description)

~PARENT / FAMILY PROGRAMS: Build your own family program! Mix and match:

#1: "Fostering a Family Reading/Writing Culture": Enlightening and entertaining evening assembly that shows parents and children how to bring reading and writing into their every day lives in simple, fun ways--even for the reluctant readers and writers. Examples provided in a lively, humorous presentation; handouts with tips are provided to parents. This program is popular for Family Night events, and are especially after a school assembly day.
#2: Storytelling (see description of Storytelling by Mother Goof, below)
#3: Story building group workshop, demonstrating how we come up with ideas, characters, and details through "brainstorming."  

~SMALL GROUP WRITING WORKSHOPS (can combine with assembly sessions):  
WRITING RODEO!--"A bumpy but exciting ride!" Focuses on the revision process, adding detail, choosing livelier verbs, and integrating dialogue.

~PRESCHOOL and KINDERGARTEN: Special Author Visit programs for the very young; includes storytelling and/or book reading following age-appropriate presentation about making stories. Rachelle touches on the importance of curiosity, creativity, and  imagination. With a lively and often hysterical PowerPoint presentation, the author talks about how story ideas are born, and how even the youngest child can create a book.

~ PERSONAL ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOP: Originally designed to help students write personal narratives for applications to private high schools or college, with a proven record of success. Helpful in all aspects of essay writing (click here for details)

~STORYTELLING programs for ages 2-7 : "MOTHER GOOF" makes story time come alive with creative dramatics, story board, masks, puppets,and other props. She enchants young audiences with a series of hysterically funny, energetic, and interactive tales.

AUTHOR VISIT Program Elements: 
Rachelle's dynamic presentations are aimed at helping children tap into their own creativity. Assembly programs are geared for K through eighth grades. Writing workshops target grades 3-8. I can work with small or large audiences, and will tailor programs to fit your needs. Depending on venue, grades, and audience size, programs can include the following:

~A MAGICAL introduction to engage the students and keep them laughing till the end.

~A peek at the author's
comical life which includes concurrent careers as a clown, storyteller, social worker, rescue squad volunteer, and writer. (message: Open your mind--You can be anything you want to be.)

~She takes the audience on the journey from her first cardboard-and-scrap-paper book (age seven), to her first book publication and her work as a science writer (and to think she disliked science as a child!)


~The limitless ways to come up with intriguing story ideas.

~Rachelle shares some of her rejection letters and discusses the importance of REVISION and NOT GIVING UP!

~The job of the artist/illustrator (and the secret of the hidden frogs in her book Tree House in a Storm. Students will learn how even illustrators need to do research to create just the right pictures.

~Through a brief look at Tree House in a Storm (inspired by her real childhood experience of surviving a hurricane) and her other books, she discusses how a writer often combines real and fictional events when writing a story.

~BRAINSTORM!  Grades 3+ can enjoy an energetic group writing activity to demonstrate
story "sparks"and plot development.

~Q & A period.           
~Optional "lunch rap session" with select group of students. 
SPECIAL PRE-K PROGRAM includes simple author talk and storytelling

Additional information: 

~Classroom Guides and various activities related to specific books can be found by clicking on the specific book covers in the left column. You can also find a full sheet in the "preparing for your visit" link on the right.

~BOOK ORDERS: Books can be ordered ahead of time, although some will also be available for purchase the day of the program.

HONORARIUM**   Contact me for rates:  
EMAIL: Rachelleburk@gmail.com
PHONE: 732-390-4605
Here are some ideas for funding sources: 
Also see the blog: How to Get a School Grant

See how some schools truly made the most of their visit:

This Connecticut school chose The Tooth Fairy Trap for their annual “One School, One Book” program. For more photos and projects, click HERE.
After reading The Tooth Fairy Trap, Dozens of K-2 students at a Connecticut school used their ingenious engineering skills to create their own fairy traps. They used cardboard boxes, Styrofoam take-out containers, Tupperware, and even empty water bottles. The fairies were baited with everything from flowers and candy, to a party, waterslide, and dreamy new home.
One Delaware school chose Tree House in a Storm as the basis for several projects.
 Life-size tree house was school-wide art project 
Since book is about a hurricane, they also raised over $1000 for Superstorm Sandy victims.
Glenwood School students in Wildwood NJ built these amazing tree houses

Students draw pictures of their dream tree house, accompanied by an essay or story.
When an Edison, NJ student named Amelia asked Rachelle to participate in her FLAT STANLEY project, the author had an incredibly fun time! 

Click here for the full adventures of Rachelle and "Flat Amelia"