10 Steps That Create Successful Events
You’ve scheduled an author/illustrator visit. The date is reserved. So, what’s next?
Next make others aware of who is visiting. Below is the AIM Kit (Author/Illustrator Media Kit). Events become more fun, memorable, and stress-free by using these forms. Not all forms apply for every event. Use the forms that fit your event.
Download the entire AIM Kit here. This includes: table of contents, letter of intent, bio, awards, order form, posters, activities, and more.
Use the Author Biography page to educate teachers about the author. Students will have questions and so will teachers.
Use the Press Release page to share information through the students’ newspaper and TV show. Also share the information with local websites, newspapers, and TV stations.
Use the Author Photo to familiarize staff and students.
Use the Author Poster to familiarize staff and students about the books and author. Poster includes fields for Date, Time, and Location.
Use the Library Book Order Form to order discounted books for your school. A tax exempt certificate is required for all school orders. (Note: Staff orders through the school are accepted. Please notify author.)
Use the Student Book Order Form for all taxable orders. Enter the local tax rate on the form prior to distributing. Pre Orders and Post Orders are taken. No books are sold the day of the event. (Note: All book orders are personalized and are non-refundable.)
Use these Activities to encourage writing and drawing creativity or:
- host a school writing competition
- author luncheon for academics
- teacher and author breakout session
- author interview by students
Use the Author Introduction to give a unique introduction during each session.
Use these 5 Ways to Promote Literacy Week or take a class photo during the Author visit. Encourage students to write or draw about the Author’s visit. You may also encourage students to write book reviews of the Author’s books or have them write letters to the Author.