A Message from Author Shelley Pearsall


Our world has changed dramatically over the last few months due to COVID-19.  We've all had to learn new ways of living and doing.  As much as I LOVE in-person author visits, I've decided it is best to move my programs online for the 2020-2021 school year. 


But FEAR creative and lively programs are continuing in the virtual world!  Since the pandemic started, I've had the chance to do virtual visits with more than 600 students in 6 states and Canada. So, if you're looking for a virtual book talk, a classroom video, or a virtual author visit --  check out the new opportunities below.  


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(20 – 30 minutes, free)
Free through September 30!  Available for small book groups and individual classrooms reading one of Shelley’s books. Get a sneak peek at Shelley’s inspiring office and ask your top questions about her books and writing life.  Subject to author’s availability.  Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet platforms.


(3 - 5 minutes, free)
If you're reading one of Shelley’s books as a school or classroom, she will create a fun, personalized video greeting to share with students, saying hello and introducing the featured book of your choice. 


(approx. 30 minutes, $200)
After reading one of Shelley’s books with your students or teaching colleagues, compile a list of your Top 10 questions. Shelley will create a personalized video answering your questions with visuals, stories, and other examples. This video can be used and shared on your school’s platforms all year!


Have an idea for a virtual program or topic you’d like to see?  Contact me!


(flexible program choices can be used all year, $900) Grades 4 - 8

Designed to be flexible for schools during COVID, this virtual version of an author visit isn’t restricted to a single-day experience.  You can schedule your program blocks based on your situation – or use the pre-recorded video options if needed. Sessions are geared to the book you are reading. (Yes, reading is encouraged!) Here’s what is included:  

3 Virtual Author Talks (45 - 60 minutes each) from Shelley’s office. Shelley will share memorable visuals from her writing process and answer book & writing questions live, using Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet platforms. Or Shelley can do these talks as pre-recorded videos if questions are sent in advance. Group size can be flexible.

1 Small Group Session for up to 25 participants (60 minutes).  Play Virtual Book Trivia with Shelley (for readers) or do a Writer’s Roundtable with Shelley (for aspiring writers). Session can be recorded for later use.

2 Videos: 1 new writing workshop video by Shelley (30 mins.) and 1 video greeting (3 - 5 min.). The Shoes Writing Workshop video is always free.

Interested in a single program only?

Virtual Author Talk (60 min.) $200

Small Group Session (60 min.) $200



A high-energy presenter, Shelley Pearsall has worked with over 200,000 students (grades 4-8) since 2003.  Her books are used widely in schools and libraries.  She is a former teacher with a Master's Degree in Education, and a decade of teaching experience in public schools and museums. Through her books and programs, Shelley encourages readers and writers to find their own creative spark.



"Thank you for your informational & engaging videos for our 5th grade readers/writers during this Distance Learning time! Your ‘SHOES’ Writing Workshop was amazing & inspirational! The students’ ‘Book Jacket Blurbs’ rocked!"  2020 Virtual Visit

"What an amazing way to end one of our favorite books...for an hour Shelley was bombarded with questions from fifth graders...we were so excited!  Amazing!!" 2020 Virtual Visit

"That was amazing. I'm not sure if you could see the students' faces, but they were rapt. I felt like it was truly a perfect hour with you, inspiring, instructive and fun." 2020 Virtual Visit

"I really liked how you weren't afraid to laugh with us and talk about your mistakes."    Brandon, 2018


“To take a lonely shoe and turn it into a story takes some truly amazing skill. You are a master of your craft, and we loved learning from you".       Captain Nathan Hale MS, CT

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