Nonfiction author and artist in residence - Michael Lafosse of Origamido Studios in Haverhill, MA.
Michael spent a week at our school last spring doing presentations and workshops for our students. He is a world renowned origami artist, and has had an amazing career traveling the world to teach and display his creations. He has also written and published dozens of books on origami for a wide range of abilities. He was outstanding and both students and teachers were raving about his visit.
Marty Kelley is fantastic. He is a former second grade teacher, and is very experienced in presenting to both students and teachers. And he is hilarious! We had him for a residency 4 years ago, and we are inviting him back this year. It is worth saving up for a few years in order to host him. He lives in New Boston, NH.
Chris Van Dusen is also a wonderful presenter, and has had at least 2 titles nominated for the Ladybug Book Award. He lives in Maine. Here is a post from my blog about him: http://scslmc.blogspot.com/2013/04/chris-vandusen-reads-to-us.html
Ryan T. Higgins is also a local author from Maine. He will visit your school for free as long as you send home order forms for his books. His presentation is very interactive, and the kids loved him. Here is our blog post about his visit: http://scslmc.blogspot.com/2014/01/an-amazing-day-with-ryan-t-higgins.html
Two of my most successful author visits have been in the Hillsboro-Deering school system with local NH authors; Mary Lyn Ray and Steve Schuch.
Mary Lyn Ray came to the school over 10 years ago and I've been kicking myself that we haven't had her back since. She was so dear with the kids and her books are absolutely wonderful. She was also willing to accommodate our schedule with several sessions in the day so that we could have smaller grade level groups in the library instead of one huge assembly in the gym.
Steve Schuch, although more expensive, was worth every penny. We had him come in for a residency and he worked primarily with the 4th grade. He was with us for a whole week doing several sessions in the classrooms, library and music room - he is also a singer/songwriter. In addition, he did a parent night, all about storytelling, a full school concert, and some additional work with our third graders. We've had Steve visit the school several times over the years, since he lives in our town, so the kids get very excited to work with him. He is very involved, hands on, engaging and I would recommend taking a look at his website, especially the page on hosting an Artist in Residency Program. http://www.nightheron.com
Use this thread to post successes (and failures) with author visits geared towards elementary.