What Teachers are Saying About Rachelle Burk's School Author Visit

"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

     "This was the very, VERY best program of this type that we have ever  had at our school."
     "The author was able to grasp all of the students' interests... amazing! She was full of fresh writing tips and enforced how important positive thinking is and where it can take you.”
     “She discussed the power of words and what elements are needed to make a good story (characters, setting, etc.) This supports what we teach in writing workshop.”
     “The author was enthusiastic and motivational. The students were further encouraged to write, and recognized ongoing growth as a writer."
     “A winner! The author was animated, knew how to interest the children and hold their attention.”
     “It brought an author to life for them. Books really are written by people. I liked how she showed them where her ideas came from.”
     “I thought the program was wonderful! It was age appropriate and the children were engaged the whole time. My favorite part was the humor that she integrated into the presentation.”
     “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. Overall it was an amazing presentation!”
     "I couldn't believe she kept my kindergarten class captivated for a full hour!"


: New Jersey & surrounding states, but I will travel anywhere!

Virtual Author/School Visits via Skype available also!


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 WRODEO!--"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 that will engage the students and get them laughing.

~A peek at the author's
sometimes comical life which includes concurrent careers as a clown and 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 magazine stories, her work as a children's science writer (and to think she disliked science as a kid!), and finally the publication of her first book.

~The children will learn about the creative process of becoming a writer and creating a book. Rachelle discusses the limitless ways to come up with story ideas, using her own stories as examples.

~Rachelle touches on the agony of rejection letters (reading brief excerpts from some of her own), and the importance of REVISION and NOT GIVING UP!

~She will share the illustrator's early sketches for Tree House in a Storm, (as well as the secret behind the hidden frogs throughout the book!). 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), she discusses how a writer often combines real and fictional events when writing a story.

~BRAINSTORM!   Children will enjoy an energetic group writing activity to demonstrate
"brainstorming" and story development. (Recommended for grades 2 and up).

~Question and Answer period.           ~Book signing arranged as requested.

~Optional small group lunch with students selected by teachers.

~Children will have the opportunity to SEE THEIR WORK PUBLISHED on Rachelle's special website.

PreK through first grade programs: Rachelle will read Tree House in a Storm (letting the children find the hidden frogs), followed by interactive storytelling with masks, storyboard, and other props.

~Classroom Guide to the book and activity Sheets for students can be printed for free from this website. (See column on right)

BOOK ORDERS: Books can be ordered ahead of time, although some will also be available for purchase the day of the program. After the visit, she will be happy to answer letters from students as well as sign and mail bookplates for any books that were ordered or delivered late. Book order forms can be printed from this website.

HONORARIUM**   Contact me for rates:  
PHONE: 732-390-4605 or 732-485-4910

**Rachelle believes that no children should miss the opportunity to have an author visit their school. If your school has economic concerns, please contact the author to discuss a workable financial arrangement on a sliding scale. 

Here are some ideas for funding sources: 
Also see the blog: How to Get a School Grant


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"