Virtual Visits

Over the years, I have had dozens of on-site school visits throughout the United States. In 2004 my first virtual school visits were facilitated through Public Television.

Virtual school visit not only reduces the costs of having me visit a classroom, but it also make possible for multiple classrooms to converse with me as well as with each other. This provides students with an opportunity to interact and discuss literature with other students from around the country and the world.

During a virtual school visit, I will talk about many of the same things that I would in an in-person visit. For example, I will discuss my writing process, including brainstorming story ideas, building characters, pacing, and plot. I will still be able to teach students how to create evocative images by exploring sensory details such as touch, sound, and smell and show them details of the revision process including galley copies.

Likewise, I will be able to have in-depth discussions with students about the books that I have written and that they have just read. For elementary students, I will talk about one of my picture books, My Dadima Wears a Sari or Monsoon Afternoon. Both books explore the passing of traditions between generations. For older students, I will talk about one of my novels, Blue Jasmine, Boys Without Names, Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet, or Keeping Corner. These books explore contemporary or historic social issues such as immigration, child labor, gender roles, and meaning of freedom through the eyes of a young protagonist.

During a virtual school visit, I will miss working face-to-face with students. But, I will still be able to make the visit exciting, engaging, and a great experience for students.

I hope we can meet soon!


For availability and fees please email me at with "school visit" in the subject.

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