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A podcast dedicated to demystifying the art and business of school author visits for authors, illustrators, educators, librarians, parents, and booksellers.

Hosts: Author, Bonnie Clark and Author-illustrator, Shanda McCloskey

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Jul 9, 2021

Bonnie and Shanda interview author-illustrator, Joyce Hesselberth, about her experience doing an artist in residence program in collaboration with a school.

Joyce Hesselberth is the author-illustrator of several artful educational books including:  Mapping Sam, Pitter Pattern, and Shape Shift. Joyce also has a brand...

May 6, 2021

Bonnie and Shanda interview New York Times Best Selling Author of the I Am Series, Susan Verde, about her author visit philosophy surrounding social emotional learning (SEL).

Susan Verde, is the New York Times Best Selling Author of the “I Am” series (which were illustrated by Peter Reynolds): I Am Human, I Am...

Apr 19, 2021

Bonnie and Shanda interview elementary school media specialist, Jennifer Lewis of Indian Knoll Elementary School, about her experience and expertise with Microsoft Teams as a virtual author visit tool.

Jennifer Lewis is the media center specialist for Indian Knoll Elementary school here in Canton, GA. This is her 24th...

Mar 17, 2021

Bonnie and Shanda talk with Ben McCloskey, (Shanda's husband) the co-creator and web developer of, about the service it provides and the gap it closes when it comes to selling books for an author visit.

If you are an author, illustrator, librarian, educator, PTA parent, book seller, etc. and you...

Feb 8, 2021

Cohosts, author-illustrator Shanda McCloskey and author Bonnie Clark have a conversation with elementary school librarian and media specialist, Beth Mitchell, about what makes an author visit fantastic and memorable (from her point of view).

Beth has been a media specialist for 11 years starting in South Carolina and...