School & Library Visits

Asynchronous virtual author visit content coming soon!!

Email robinyardi@mac.com for more info!

In person school visits and author workshops (scheduling paused)!

I’d love to connect with your school, library, or community event on the web or in person. I’ll absolutely come with fun visuals, museum specimens, and books, books, books! I’m a credentialed teacher and natural history museum educator and whether your audience is filled with kids, writers, or parents, I’ll make them laugh and teach them something new. To book an event for your school or library contact me: robinyardi@mac.com! Download my school visit brochure!

A Full Day With Robin Includes

The Sneaky Stinky Ideas Assembly, Grades 3-6 (40 minutes)

The Sneaky Stinky Ideas Assembly, Grades k-2 (20 minutes)

Five Classroom Q&A Sessions, Grades k-6 (15 minutes each)

A Lunchtime Author Book Signing and Autograph Session (30 minutes)

Two Small Group Writing Workshops, Grades 3-6 (40 minutes)

Sneaky Stinky Ideas Assembly

My interactive assembly takes students through every step of the writing process. We’ll start with the sneaky magic of inspiration, which can come in the flap of a butterfly, the stink of a skunk, or the hoot of an owl. I’ll make sure students learn how to catch their ideas before they can sneak past–write them down! I’ll cover outlining, rough drafts, and revision. I’ll groan with students about how hard writing can be, but remind them that the things we are most proud of… are hard. I always share weird animal photos, my love of reading and the natural world, and invite student participation in appropriate ways.

Small Group Afternoon Workshops

Create a Book Cover: Usually book covers come last in the publication process, but not today! Students will explore how different genres are represented on the covers they love and create a cover of their own. It could be a mystery, a realistic adventure, or a fantasy… and it also could become a book!

Creating Characters: I’ll share my secret recipe for cooking up compelling kid characters and get students started on their own creative writing.

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School Visit Fees*

Full Day: Includes two multimedia assembly presentations, five classroom Q&A sessions, two small group workshops, and a lunchtime book signing.

Local (Santa Barbara County): $500

Regional (Ventura, San Luis Obispo): $600

California Extended: $800

Out of State: $1,500

*Contact me about options for half-day visits or extended virtual visits.*

How do kids leave one of my assemblies?

Sssssingle file and take a right at the snake… or maybe the skunk!