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School Visits

I am a retired fourth grade teacher with 35 years experience. I have my Masters’ degree in reading and language, and have been a published author since 2008.  I do an interactive presentation for one classroom or an assembly, talking about writing and tips for improving a student’s writing, the writing process, revision, being an author, etc., including many points I know are important for elementary students to hear. Writing, reading, and language standards will be touched on during this program.


Grades 3-5: 60 minutes, with time for Q and A.
Grades K-2: 30-45 minutes, with time for Q and A.


Fees:
Whole day, within 50 miles of Andover, MA: $750.00 with a negotiable fee to go back into individual classrooms to work on their writing with them on a different day. 
For schools more than 50 miles from Andover, MA a moderate flat fee (to be discussed) will be added for mileage, meals, and lodging if needed.
A basic school visit includes three presentations per day and a book signing. 

Skype visits are also available if an in-person visit is not possible. Contact cekster@aol.com to discuss author visits further. 

Carol is also available to present the workshop - "Using Picture Books to Enhance Curriculum for Elementary Students," at faculty meetings, workshops, or conferences. 

Events

April 27, 2019        Carol will be participating in the Providence Rhode Island book festival from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

April 6, 2019           Carol will be participating in NerdcampVt 

March 28, 2019       Carol will be one of the authors inspiring children at the Boys and Girls Club of Wakefield for their Young Writers and Illustrators Meet, Greet & Create event, 6 - 8 PM.  

March 22, 2019        Carol will be attending Kidlitcon in Providence, RI on March 22, 2019.

February 23, 2019    Carol will be doing storytime at Silver Unicorn books in Acton, MA​ at 11:00 AM.  Please come and join the fun! 

                                  Carol will be participating in World Read Aloud Day in six classrooms around the US during the month of February. 


January 31, 2019      Carol will be doing an author visit to Ms. O'Brien's first graders at South Range School, Derry, NH.

News

Great news! Carol has a new book, SOME DADDIES, coming out spring 2021 with Beaming Books. Check back for updates! 


You Know What?  was a finalist for the SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards 2018 in the Northeast Region. 


​​You Know What? received a literary award: CLEL (Colorodo Library Early Literacy) Bell Picture Book Awards Nominee for Talk (2018) 


You Know What? has language editions coming out in Arabic and Chinese. Check back for updates and watch the book trailer here.

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Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You Wins Awards

Before I Sleep: I say Thank You, Pauline Books and Media, 2015 went into its third printing.  It received 3rd place for the Catholic Press Association's Book Awards 2016, and was a finalist for ACP's Excellence in Publishing Awards 2016.


Massachusetts Law Firm Includes Where Am I Sleeping Tonight?: A Story of Divorce in its Resources....When parents separate, parenting becomes even more of a challenge than it already was. Successful co-parenting requires good communication, flexibility, responsibility, respect, and accountability. On top of all these skills that take time to develop, there are also many situations that arise that can be difficult to resolve. Who gets to make the major parenting decisions? How are punishments handled? What's the best residential schedule for both parents and their children? These can be difficult questions to answer. Luckily, there are resources available to help recently divorced parents work through the challenges of co-parenting. Carol's book, Where Am I Sleeping Tonight?: A Story of Divorce has recently been included as an invaluable resource for co-parents.


Children's Literary Classics selected Ruth the Sleuth and The Messy Room to receive the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval.  The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Children's Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.