Book a school visit. Your students will feel lucky you’re their teacher!

When kids meet authors or illustrators, books are brought to life. School visits have lasting benefits for kids and adults, and teachers often see a related surge of creativity in the classroom.

It’s easy to find CANSCAIP authors and illustrators for school visits

  • You can find and contact our authors and illustrators from their profiles on this website. Members profiles provide curriculum tie-ins and reading ages for their books.

Content of school visits

  • As well as reading from their books, authors might talk about the process of creating books, and show their first drafts and editing notes.
  • Illustrators might also show their sketches and finished art, and demonstrate drawing techniques.
  • Interactive writing workshops might include writing exercises with guidance from the author.
  • Illustration workshops might include creating characters or scenes, with the illustrator offering suggestions on facial expressions or perspective.
  • Presentations and workshops are usually followed by Q&A.
  • Many CANSCAIP members also offer presentations via Skype.

Lasting benefits of school visits

  • Authors and illustrators tell the story behind the story—writing, rewriting, researching, expressing creativity, finding ideas, and using their own experiences.
  • Kids feel encouraged to create their own stories and artwork.
  • Teachers are inspired with new ideas for teaching creative writing, essay writing, illustrating and storytelling.
  • The creator reinforces the value of essential learning tools like planning, research, self-editing, rewriting.
  • Meeting an author or illustrator is a revelation for some kids—the realization that their love of writing stories or making pictures could one day become their adult work. 

Getting ready for school visits

  • Familiarity with the authors’ work is the key to successful school visits. Students get very enthusiastic about school visits when they’ve read the books.
  • Teachers can incorporate the upcoming school visit into a teaching unit, such as book-based projects or crafts, research, and preparing questions students would like to ask.
  • Arrange for the author or illustrator to bring books to sell. Kids of all ages love getting books autographed.

Payments for school visits

  • Like any professional, authors and illustrators charge for their presentations.
  • Our Members set their own rates, but in the interests of maintaining a professional level across the country, CANSCAIP suggests $250 (plus GST/HST) as a minimum for presentations up to an hour (based on Canada Council for the Arts guidelines). Some of our Members will charge more. 
  • If long-distance travel is required, the additional costs are generally covered by the school.
  • Nearby schools and libraries may also be interested in a visit, and sharing travel expenses. And your author or illustrator will appreciate the extra bookings.


    We recommend that teachers and librarians read the FAQ for Teachers on Author, Illustrator and Performer Visits to Schools prepared by CANSCAIP members Rachna Gilmore, Liam O'Donnell, Margriet Ruurs, Valerie Sherrard, Christine Tripp and Frieda Wishinsky.

    For a listing of CANSCAIP Members to invite to a school, library or conference, see CANSCAIP's Member Directory.

    Speakers for Conferences

    CANSCAIP Members are often asked to speak about the creative process, read from their work or perform for audiences at conferences.

    CANSCAIP Members charge a fee for their professional services. Our Members set their own rates, but in the interests of maintaining a professional level across the country, CANSCAIP suggests a range of $300 to $1000. Because these presentations are written specifically to address a conference theme or workshop topic, they require a great deal of preparation time, and therefore a larger fee.

    For all of the above, GST/HST and travel expenses are over and above the presentation fee.