A virtual author visit can still be more meaningful if students are excited and prepared. How can you stir up some excitement?
- Encourage teachers, students and parents to order copies of the author’s books and book-talk them during class visits to the media center and at home in the weeks before the visit.
- Read excerpts from the author’s books during morning announcements.
- Show a book trailer (if available) on the morning announcements or when classes come to the library.
- Download a biography of the author and copy/distribute it to teachers at a faculty meeting..
- Put up a bulletin board displaying the author’s book covers in a busy hallway.
- Offer a prize for the best essay, “Why do you want to meet this author?” Choose the best entries from each grade and arrange a lunch with the author in a designated location.
- Have a “quiz-bowl” drawing: During morning announcements, ask a question about one of the author’s books. Tell students to write their full name, homeroom, and the answer on a slip of paper, then drop it in a bowl in the media center. At the end of the day, draw one slip; if it contains a correct answer, that student wins a school selected prize.