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School Visits!

I love coming to classrooms (virtual or in-person) and I fill each session with reading, science, and art! My visits aren't just about listening, they're about DOING! I show fun props, artwork, science tools, and have the kids join me for some drawing too.

Prebook sales are not required but are very much encouraged and appreciated! I can help arrange sales with your local bookstore or books can be purchased directly from me.


Please know I'm always happy to work with YOUR school's budget. 

VIRTUAL: $150 for one 45 min period. 

IN PERSON: $300 for one 45 min period. $600 for a half day. $1000 for full day.


VIRTUAL: anywhere!

IN PERSON: Within one hour of Seattle/Eastside area. (Mileage rates apply for locations outside of this.)

The Author/Illustrator Path
(all grades)

  • A reading of your choice of Ellie's books

  • Ellie's path from artsy-fartsy kid to published author/illustrator

  • Advice for future author/illustrators

  • A fun writing prompt and draw-a-long.

  • Q&A

Joulia Copernicus
(grades 2-5)

  • A reading of It's a Round, Round World! or The Reason for the Seasons

  • Live demos (with audience participation) of Sailing Ships, Crow's Nest, Lunar Eclipse, and Tilted Earth.

  • Curricular materials for teachers

  • Drawing demo

How to Hug a Pufferfish
(grades K-2)

  • A few minutes on my journey to author/illustrator

  • A reading of How to Hug a Pufferfish

  • What "boundaries" are and types of boundaries

  • Advocating for your personal space needs

  • Drawing  and "reading" emotions 

Making comics and graphic novels
(grades 3-7)

  • A few minutes on my journey to author/illustrator

  • Important elements of comic art

  • Writing a manuscript for a graphic novel

  • Illustrating panels

  • Tips on making your own comics

(grades 1-3)

  • My journey

  • A reading of Bea's Bees or Home is Calling

  • The importance of pollinators

  • How to identify bees and butterflies

  • How pollination works 

  • How to draw bees and butterflies

Brick by Brick storytelling
(grades 2-5)

Best for small groups

  • Students write and illustrate their own story using Legos to inspire their setting, characters, and action.

  • I'll bring the Legos, you make the printouts

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