"Her visit truly inspired students with a new-found passion to write."
-Mrs. Koeppel, 3rd grade teacher

Katy Jo reads her book Who Cooks for You?

It's a gobbling, stomping, cawing, HOOTING good time!

For groups under the age of _____, no additional programming follows the reading. 

Idea: Team up with a local raptor center to bring in a barred owl after the author program!

Option 1:


After reading Who Cooks for You?, Katy Jo teaches the audience about owls--about their eyesight, hearing, and silent flight.


She adapted a raptor program from her days as an outdoor educator at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve.

Her program includes props, visuals, and audience participation, including a call for volunteers to test their "owl hearing."

Presentation followed by a Q & A.

Total time (including reading) = 20-30 minutes

Intended audience: 2-5 graders.

Audience size: preferably ____ but any will do.

Pricing basics 

Virtual author visits:

In-person author visits are currently on hold due to COVID-19 safety precautions.


$50/half hour with 2-hour minimum + book order requirement


$100/hour with 2-hour minimum

$0.50 mileage fee beyond Twin Cites, US, radius.

hotel stipend for locations farther than ____

Option 2:


Katy Jo discusses the steps she took to self publish her book.


For younger groups (ages ___ to ___), she talks about the different careers involved in publishing a book. There's the author, illustrator, editor, designer,  proofreader, printer, bookseller, and librarian.

For older groups (ages __ to __), Katy Jo delves further into the world of self publishing--using knowledge she learned first hand while working for a publishing company. She explains industry standards, hard cover vs soft cover, offset printing vs digital, paper stock, page gutters (and how they influence illustrations), and what comes after the book is printed (wholesale, distribution, and more).

For adult groups of interested writers/authors/illustrators, she discusses finding reputable professionals to work with, (self) publishing options, work-for-hires, typical timelines, and cost estimates and ideas to make your budget work for you.


She can also focus on creating a successful author programs for schools (a topic she presented on during _______).

Presentation followed by a Q & A.

Total time: including book reading, 20-30 minutes with *30 minute add on option.

Intended Audience: 3-5 graders, middle schoolers, high schoolers, continuuing education, writing groups.

Audience size: preferably __

*For both age groups, an extra half hour can be added to cover time for the audience to create their own children's book using materials the author provides for up to __ people (additional materials will need to be covered by hiring party).

Funding Resources

  • cost sharing between schools

  • getting funding

  • book sale fundraising

Teacher Resources

  • Owl unit

  • Writing

  • Illustrating (blank storyboard)

  • Publishing

reach out to Teachers pay Teachers to see if I can embed their guide or something?)

  • Poster

  • Bookmarks

  • Coloring page

The Teachers Have Spoken!



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Minnesota author, illustrator, outdoor educator