Laura Smetana School Author Visitpeg
Now booking school author visits for the 2022-23 school year!

I love talking to students about making picture books, and have lots of experience talking to young students. My 30-45 minute presentation for students K-3, includes a book reading of Little Squiggle's Lake Adventure, the real-life story behind the book and how I wrote it together with my elementary school age son, and a discussion about the book making process. I also give students a peek at the first Little Squiggle book I wrote when I was 10, and show students the steps they can take to create their own books.


My visit concludes with a fun, interactive directed draw along where students learn how to draw Little Squiggle, followed by a Q&A. Students leave feeling confident and inspired to create their own books!

Interested in scheduling an author visit at your school? Contact me for more details!

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They Said:

"Laura Smetana is a fantastic author and illustrator with an easily relatable first book. She shows students the power of believing you can write at any age. She is organized, quick to respond and clearly has a passion for writing and illustrating."


—Joy, Elementary School Librarian,

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

"K-3 teachers and/or librarians - if you are looking to host an amazing author visit, Laura Smetana will not disappoint. As she explained her process in writing and publishing Little Squiggles Lake Adventure, students were enthralled by her presentation. Laura's kind, warm demeanor provided students an opportunity to see an author in themselves. I received so many compliments from staff after Laura presented but my favorite compliments came from the students who raved about how nice she was. I can't thank her enough!"


—-Gina H. K-2 Librarian, Darien, Illinois

"My class thoroughly enjoyed our read aloud with Laura. The students were highly engaged with the story and hearing all about Laura's writing process. I highly recommend it!"


—Carla Hodge, Second Grade Teacher, Escondido, California

"Hosting Laura Smetana for an in-person author and illustrator visit was a pleasure! Her enthusiasm and passion for writing stories was contagious. By sharing her own experiences and including an interactive draw-along activity, Laura showed students that they can write stories from their own experiences and illustrate them as well!"


—Jamie K., Teacher Librarian, Downers Grove, Illinois