You can meet Grace at your very own school!
Would you like to schedule a visit? Please contact:Mary McDonough at
Want to insure a successful school visit with Grace? Here are some helpful hints!
• Grace prefers to present to unmixed grades (so the group is entirely one grade, the same age range). Even though the presentation may be exactly the same, the comprehension and attention span of a kindergartner is very different from a 2nd grader.
• Please do booksales, especially pre-ordering! Pre-ordering helps bring anticipation to the visit and nothing is more exciting to a child than having a book signed by the author they just met, as well as being a constant reminder of the excitement of the day.
• Prepare the students! If Grace is presenting "Behind the Year of the Dog" or "Behind Where the Mountain Meets the Moon," the students should have read books. Consider using one of her novels as a read-aloud for the month before her visit. Have the students do some of the activities and discussions Grace has on the site and get them excited about the upcoming visit (nothing scares an author more than presenting in front of a "cold" audience).
• Please have Grace present in a setting such as a library or classroom. If a cafeteria or gym must be used, please have a wireless, handless microphone available.
•For all presentations, regardless of group size Grace will need:
-a table to put her things on
-pad of paper
• For groups over 40 students, Grace will need to project parts of her presentation. If possible, please have a projector/computer set up available for her--she can bring her powerpoint presentations on cd or flash drive. If you do not have a projector/computer set up, please let her know so she can bring her own (she prefers to use a school's set up as her projector is not of the best quality). If Grace is bringing her own projector she will:
- a screen
- a table to put her projector on
- two extension cords.
• For students in 1st grade and up, Grace can do a "draw-along" which is extremely popular. Grace, depending on the program, teaches the students how to draw a dog or a zodiac animal & the Chinese word for luck. To do this, each student needs:
-a piece of paper
-something hard to draw on, like a clipboard or notebook
Grace, herself, will need:
pad of paper
-a thick marker
• Please supply Grace with lunch or a venue to get lunch that is not the school cafeteria. Please allow Grace to eat either in the faculty room or the privacy of a separate room--not the cafeteria with the students.
• Confirm with Grace a week before her visit the time of arrival and day's schedule. Inform her the exact amount of students she will be presenting to so that she can bring enough bookmarks for all.