Society of
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Speaker Profile - Karlin Gray


Region: New England (CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, ME)
Age Levels: 5-10
Will Travel: < 25 miles
Skype Visit: Yes
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Author of ANNE & HER TOWER OF GIRAFFES (Kids Can Press, 2022), SERENA: THE LITTLEST SISTER (Page Street Kids, 2019), AN EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY MOTH (Sleeping Bear Press, March 2018),  and NADIA: THE GIRL WHO COULDN'T SIT STILL (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016). 

Presentation Description:

VIRTUAL VISITS (45 minutes)


Through Zoom, Google, or Skype, I would love to visit your school and chat with students about how biographies are created. Perfect for 2nd-5th graders, my virtual visit includes the following:


Reading of one of my biographies (10 minutes):

  • Serena: The Littlest Sister
  • Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still 

Slideshow on writing biographies (20 minutes): 

  • Topics discussed: inspiration, timeframes, character development, themes, and resources.  
  • My favorite writing tips.
  • Sneak peek at my next biography.


Q&A with students (15 minutes):

  • Time for students to ask questions about research, writing, and publishing.
  • If students/teachers prefer to read the book in class prior to the visit, 10 minutes can be added to the Q&A time.


2021-2022 School Year: $150 per virtual visit.

These virtual visits also include:

  • Easy book-ordering process through Author Visit Central
  • Personalized bookplates for students (mailed to teacher)
  • A list of my favorite biographies (emailed to the teacher)

To schedule a Virtual Visit, please contact me.

If school budgets don't alow for the cost of a virtual visit, contact me about free Q&As via Flipgrid.