Author Presentations

For information on rates and availability, please send an inquiry via the contact page.


A typical school visit day includes two to three presentations (depending on school size), lunch with students, and personalizing books for those that pre-order. Some schools choose my author presentations for Pre-K through 3rd or 4th grade and request my Writing Seeds Workshops for older students (3rd grade and up). I can speak to smaller groups or large assemblies.


Once a visit has been scheduled, download a sample book order form so students may pre-order books if they’d like a personalized copy of one or more of my books.

School visits for elementary schools

50 minutes of high-energy, fun and fact-filled interactive presentations including research and writing inspirations, as well as tree, bee, sea, and rock information to support nature, science, and environmental education. My multi-award-winning picture book books support current core standards for writing, math, and science curriculum, and encourage critical thinking skills through research and writing. My picture books are sometimes labeled in libraries as “literary non-fiction” as my stories are filled with non-fiction elements about the nature subjects I have thoroughly researched and included within a fictional story structure.


Schools visits for middle schools or high schools

50 minutes-1 hour interactive, in-depth author presentations sharing my personal research, writing, revision techniques, and the hands-on submission and editing process for publishing magazines articles, picture books, and novels. This type of visit to upper grade students is often paired with a Writing Seeds Workshop (see below).


Writing Seeds Workshops

45 minutes-1 hour writing workshops for 3rd grade through high school-aged students, and/or for teachers’ workshops or writing conferences.

A writing workshop to help plant creative ideas through research tips, as well as character and plotting exercises to develop story seeds to grow stories, essays, or poetry. I share writing techniques I use in writing my books and in my research as a freelance journalist for publications such as The New York Times, Parenting, The Writer.


Educators Love Alison’s Visits!

As I look back on this school year, Alison Formento’s presence here at our school was one of the highlights of our literary year.

—Pat Devanney, Principal at St. Anthony School, Winsted, CT

Ms. Formento brought a wonderful interactive program to our school that had the students and teachers buzzing about it for days. The children were not only educated but entertained the entire time. They LOVED it! One of the best presentations to come to our school! A must see for every school!”

—Roberta Kleinbard, Librarian, at Wandell Elementary, Saddle River, NJ

The students all had a great time! I was so, so happy with the event! We had a tremendous turnout and Alison’s presentation and workshop were amazing!

—Brittany Corter, Teacher, Young Authors Conference, Stillwater Elementary, Stillwater, NJ

Ms. Formento gave a super presentation. Children learned about trees and conservation. I would recommend this author coming to your school or library.

—Miss V, Children’s Librarian, Monmouth County Library, NJ

Books like Alison Formento’s are perfect…hers are the kind of books teachers are asking for.

—Arlene Sahrale, Library Services Director, BCCLS – Bergen County Cooperative Library System

I was lucky enough to participate in the Summer Writing Institute in July and to hear you speak. You were wonderful and such an inspiration!

—N. Gambuti, 3rd grade teacher, T. Baldwin Demarest Elementary, Old Tappan, NJ