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Schedule an Author Visit

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We Bring Amazing Authors to Your School - now hosting virtually!


To schedule an author, fill out the form below, email our School Liaison or click on the image of their book for more information!

Stephanie Watson

  • Dates available starting October 5th
  • Grades 2 - 5 

About this Visit: 

Stephanie is a prolific children’s author and school visit pro, and her latest release is a beautifully written, heavily illustrated middle grade, PENCILVANIA (ages 8+).

About the Book:

In this illustrated, modern take on The Phantom Tollbooth meets Harold and the Purple Crayon, author Stephanie Watson beautifully explores grief and creativity through an unforgettable fantasy world.

Ever since she first learned to hold a crayon, Zora Webb has been unstoppable. Her drawings fill sketchbooks and cover the walls of the happy home she shares with Frankie and their mother.

But when Zora's mom is diagnosed with leukemia, everything changes. After months of watching her mom grow weaker, a frustrated Zora draws her mother's portrait in an attempt to force her to face the truth—that she might not get better. When her mother dies the next day, Zora blames herself and her art.

Desperate to escape the pain, Zora scribbles out her artwork. Her dark, furious scribbles lift off the page and yank Zora and Frankie into Pencilvania, a magical world that's home to everything Zora has ever drawn. And one drawing—a scribbled-out horse named Viscardi—is determined to finish the destruction Zora started.

Viscardi kidnaps Frankie, promising to scribble out her and all of Pencilvania at sunrise. Zora sets out to rescue her sister, venturing deep into Pencilvania—a place crawling with old memories and new dangers.

School Visit Information & Guidelines

The world has changed a lot in the past year, but we’re still bringing award winning authors and illustrators to schools all over Colorado via Zoom!

Author visits are a great way to teach kids about the creative process, telling stories, the power of perseverance and so much more! We work directly with authors, illustrators and publishers in order to share these creative stories with your students! Second Star provides you with everything you need to host a visit, including an online order form, Zoom Webinar attendee link, school flyer and a sneak peek at the featured title! 

Before you book a visit, we do ask that you do a few things:

  • Make sure the date of the author visit is free from testing, field trips and other assemblies that would detract from the author's presentation

  • Check with your admin to get approval before requesting an author 

  • Be willing to share school flyer and order link with students, their families and school staff


We are constantly scheduling new visits, so check back often to get the most up to date lineup! 

Still have questions? Email our School Liaison for more information or fill out our contact form!