Would a Skype or Google Hangouts virtual visit inspire your students? Would it give them professional insight into the writing and editing process?
Yes and Yes!
I love to speak about my life-long journey, the process of how I research and write picture books, my love of non-fiction and creativity, and more. I also offer two signed books of mine (your choice), bookmarks, and will answer a class letter.
Below are comments from elementary school teachers about the time I spent in their classrooms entertaining and motivating their students.
Please email me at bwittbooks [at} gmail.com or use the Contact Page for pricing (very reasonable!) and additional information about booking.
Short Hills, NJ
"We loved meeting you and learning the interesting/creative backstory to "The Boo-Boos That Changed The World." We spent time talking about those band-aid photoshop images you shared with us and how genuine you were. Of course, we now can't wait for "Sonny's Bridge."
I think you have created some major fans. The students liked learning of the editing and revising specifics you shared. My kids absorbed so much!!!!
Thank you for coming into my classroom and giving so generously of your time. It was an honor and a privilege to meet you. Bringing you into the classroom was such a gift."
Teacher - 5th Grade
Hartshorn Elementary School
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Virginia Beach, VA
"Barry Wittenstein’s virtual visit with our Arrowhead Elementary School 4th graders was the perfect addition to our Reading Month activities. His sneak peek into the life of an author was a highlight for these kids and something they won’t soon forget!"
Some of their responses:
“He was really smart and interesting and answered all our questions.” – Trevor
“We even got to see a copy of his newest book that isn’t even out yet!” - Braiden
Library Media Specialist
Arrowhead Elementary School
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
"I HIGHLY recommend booking Barry! He’s entertaining and informative! And when one of the kids asked him what he likes to read, he had books on hand to share with us! How cool to promote other kid lit creators. #kidlitcommunity at its finest."
We learned so much from Barry’s first two books, and I truly anticipate his upcoming titles. Don’t know Barry yet?
Fisher Mitchell School
597 High Street
Bath, ME 04530
Roselyn Heights, NY
"You were not only funny, witty and well spoken, but inspiring as well! Your positive message and great advice was much appreciated. Such a wonderful experience for the students (and me)! Thank you!"
Roselyn Heights, NY 11577
"The power of social media in education. @MrsLiakonis tweeted an author & he asked to connect with her students via Google Hangout. Great conversation surrounding writing, reading, and the background that informs each sentence."
Director of Tech, Innovation, & Info Services in East Williston, EdCamp LI Co-founder, Fred Podolski Award Winner, Google Trainer, Adjunct at Molloy College