Nikki Shannon Smith
Children's Author, Teacher, Presenter

Contact Nikki:

Click here to email Nikki.

Visit Nikki's Facebook Author Page  here.

Find Nikki on Twitter here.

“Nikki Shannon Smith is a treasure.  She came to visit our school library for an author visit and it was perfect in every way… What a gift!  She came for an entire school day and prepared developmentally appropriate and interesting presentations for each of our six grade levels, K-5. She had photos and video as well as examples of her work to bring her words to life… She shared writing tips and story starts, showed them her creative process and answered all of their questions… She has a wonderful spirit and message to share with student writers and readers.  We all learned from her visit!” 
                                                                                         - Redwood Heights Elementary School, Oakland, CA

Author Visits:
You can email me at for more information about visits. I really enjoy meeting and talking to readers, writers, teachers, librarians, and other book lovers of all ages. 

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, all visits will be held virtually until further notice. See below for additional details. 

Are you interested in having me visit your school, church, or organization? I am available for various types of appearances, including school visits, readings, signings, and presentations. I have over 25 years of experience teaching children in pre-schools and elementary schools. I love hanging out with kids!

I also speak at Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) events, and I'm available for other reading and writing conferences as well.

NOW BOOKING Virtual Fall 2020 EVENTS (and beyond)! 

Presentations can revolve around my titles, or around writing in general. (Please see the "Books" link for more information about my books.) Most school visits include a combination of multiple topics, and can be adapted for either a large assembly or a smaller group of students. Presentations are interactive and provide time for the audience to ask questions. Possible topics include:

Nikki's Books

Narrative Story Structure

From my Brain to Yours: How Books are Made

Writing and Revising: An Author's Job

Do Your Homework! (Conducting Research)

Never Give Up!: A Lesson in Perseverance

Voice, Perspective and Point of View (for 6th grade and up)

Diversity in Children's Literature

Publishing/Writing/Developing Your Craft (for authors)

Book Club Chats/Author Meet & Greet/ Q & A


As someone who has been working in public schools since 1993, I certainly understand the limitations created by school budgets. I'm happy to provide suggestions to help you fund a visit and find ways to make a visit more affordable. I can also offer support as you organize your visit and order books for students. The rates below are basic rates. Other configurations, programs, and fee schedules may be available. Travel and/or lodging fees may apply for travel exceeding 100 miles round trip.

Virtual Visits (on Zoom, WebEx, etc.)

Virtual Book Club Chat/Author Meet & Greet/Q & A
$150 (one hour, including tech test immediately preceding visit)

Virtual Author Presentation (see topics above)
All presentations are tailored to your visit/audience, and can include visuals using screen share.
(one hour, including tech test immediately preceding visit)
$500 (two one hour presentations, including tech test immediately preceding visit)

Nikki hopes to resume her school visits in January 2021!

Full Day School Visit: 
$1000 (Maximum of 3 assemblies, plus book signing)

Half Day School Visit:
$500 (Maximum of 2 assemblies plus book signing)

I look forward to hearing from you!


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