Schedule your author visit with: Phil Bildner

About the Author:

Phil Bildner is a former New York City public school teacher and lives in Newburgh, New York. The author of many books, he
speaks at numerous schools and libraries every year.

Booked!  While school visits might already be booked, please feel free to still request this author to be waitlisted in case a school visit falls through. 

About the Featured Book:

A High Five for Glenn Burke

This is a heartfelt and relatable story that weaves the real history of Los Angeles Dodger and Oakland Athletic Glenn Burke -- the first professional baseball player to come out as gay -- into the story of a middle-school kid learning to be himself. As a gay man himself with a deeply personal connection to the difficulties of coming out, Phil represents the main character in a way that's highly authentic and relatable but also in keeping with his trademark style of fresh, funny writing about contemporary kids.

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Available Date for School Visit: February 28th

Available Time for School Visit: Morning + Afternoon

Grades: Middle Grade (4th - 8th grades)

Presentation Time: 45 Minutes

Audience Requirements:

The group can be as large as necessary. When students are seated on the floor of a gymnasium or cafeteria, please make sure there is an aisle in the middle. Phil will gladly sign and personalize books. Please make sure the name of the individual is clearly printed on a Post-It that is placed on the cover of the book. Due to time constraints, Phil cannot sign small pieces of papers, journals, or other items.

A/V Requirements: 

Phil will need to use a school laptop and projector.

He will have a PowerPoint presentation on a flash drive, created on a Mac. His presentation does not require sound or access to the Internet.

Phil prefers a lapel or lavalier microphone. Please test that it works prior to the visit. Handheld or wired microphones are strongly discouraged.


Other Requirements: 

Please have two (2) bottles of water on hand for Phil.

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers (Macmillan)

Book Sale Minimum: 30 Books

Fill out the author request form on the Author Visit page to request this author for your school today!