Dan Gutman enjoys speaking to groups large, small, and in between and is currently booking virtual school and library visits for elementary students of all ages. Dan is unavailable for in-person school visits at this time.

Cost and Timing
Dan’s virtual school visit sessions are 45 minutes each. He is available for up to 4 online sessions per day, priced at $500 per session. Most schools have Dan do two presentations, one for grades 2-3 and one for grades 4-5.

In his presentation, Dan will discuss:

For All Ages
— A brief introduction about how Dan was a reluctant reader as a child.
— Sneak preview of a chapter of the upcoming My Weird School book before it has been published.
— Demonstration of how kids can write a story on their own, in 9 simple steps.
— Dan shows his rejection letters and tells the kids they should NEVER GIVE UP.
— 10/15 minutes of Q&A

Grades 2 & 3
Dan explains how he got the idea for My Weird School, and his writing process.

Grades 4-6
Dan explains how he got the idea for the series or book the class is most familiar with (to be decided on with the teacher/librarian ahead of time), and his writing process. This could include: My Weird School, The Genius Files, Houdini and Me, Baseball Card Adventures, Flashback Four, etc.

For more information, please see the FAQs below. To schedule a school visit with Dan, please fill out the contact form.

Praise for Dan Gutman’s
School Visits:

“Our school has not stopped buzzing! Your presentations for both the younger and older students were dynamic and entertaining, but most importantly, tailored appropriately to those particular audiences.”
— Loren Bohlen, Principal, New York NY

“Kids are telling me that they finally met an author who wasn’t boring!”
— Laura Tress, Librarian, Council Rock, PA

“Dan was fantastic! Teachers here, who have been here for 25 years or more commented that he was the best author visit we have ever had. Everyone loved him! He was so warm, genuine, and down to earth.”

— Kirsten Considine, Learning Resource Center Director, Glenview IL

“Your visit to our school was so inspiring! The kids (and teachers) are still talking about it. You truly are touching and changing children’s lives every day!”

— Colleen Caulfield, Livingston NJ


What is your ideal grade level and virtual visit group size?
Dan has presentations for all elementary school grades, but grades 2-5 will get the most out of his presentations. Dan prefers smaller groups (a few classes or one grade) since there is often more time for questions from students, but he is open to speaking with larger groups.

What online platform do you like to use for school visits?
Dan prefers Zoom or Google Meet, but he is open to other platforms. He asks that schools send the event link a few days before the visit, and that someone at the school is available for a tech check at least 30 minutes before the first session to work through any technical issues.

Should students already be familiar with your books?
Yes, please prepare the students for my visit in advance by sharing a book or two with them and/or researching Dan’s books online.

Can I record the session?
Recording is allowed to share with students who are unable to attend, but the session may NOT be posted online or shared with the public.

How do I purchase your books for my students?
Will you sign them?

If you’re interested in purchasing books in conjunction with Dan’s visit, please contact Allyson Hickey of Dan can sign bookplates, so the kids will get autographed books.

PLEASE NOTE: For VIRTUAL VISITS, Dan is more than happy to provide you with an invoice and a W-9 form for tax purposes. However, if your school / district / library requires insurance, background checks, forms to be notarized, or anything other than a simple one-page contract, please invite another author. Dan is unable to process a lot of paperwork in addition to meeting his book deadlines.


Comments are closed.