Schedule a Tasty Author Visit!
Brave Cherries, Dangerous Desserts, and Your Students!
Author Matt Damon will take your students behind the scenes into writing, collaborating with an illustrator, and developing the growth mindset required to create anything!
I am the author of the award-winning children’s picture book, The Fall of General Custard or The Overthrow of a Leftover. It is the story of a food fight in a refrigerator, which ultimately comes to a "peasful” resolution when courageous foods choose cooperation and inclusion over conflict and fear. (See book trailer below.)
I would love to schedule an author visit to your school..
In addition to being an author, I bring to your school my 25 years of experience as an educator. (Classroom teacher, school librarian and professional storyteller.) I am a true believer in the power of story to transform young hearts and minds.
See the link below for a one minute glimpse into what my author visit can look like.
Let's work together this fall to celebrate literacy and connect it to the creativity and curiosity of your students.
Give Peas a Chance,
Behind the Scenes
I’ll share a dramatic reading of my book, and give students a behind the scenes look at how illustrator Gideon Kendall and I used our cooperation and communication skills to successfully create a book together.
I’ll explain the critical importance of having a growth mindset, and let your students see early illustrations and first draft writing, which Gideon and I created during our long journey from initial ideas to a finished book.
I can also engage your students in their own creative process with a “Create Your Own Character” workshop that includes writing and drawing. (Large or small groups.)
Behind the Scenes
Author Visit Testimonials and References
Matt Damon is an influential and amazing teacher at heart, and this shows in his presentation with students. He is engaging, captivating, and humorous. His book characters come alive with all of his interactions and his storytelling mannerisms. TWO THUMBS WAY UP!
Liz Landon, Principal
Oak Grove Elementary
Matt Damon’s author visit to our elementary school was very exciting for both students and staff. The story of his journey as a writer in bringing The Fall of General Custard or the Overthrow of a Leftover to publication inspired our young writers to engage in the writing process and to see writing as a craft. Teachers were able to expand on his visit with numerous rich literacy activities tied to his book. As an educator and storyteller, Matt knows how to engage children of all ages and we look forward to having him back in the future.
Michelle Cuddeback, Principal
Helman Elementary School
Library Teacher - Media Specialist
Stephenson Elementary School
(503) 916-6318 x72174 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Forest Park Elementary School
(503) 916-5400 | email@example.com
Link to a list of schools, libraries and bookstores I have visited:
Let's Schedule Something!
October and November dates are currently open and fairly flexible. We can also look at scheduling a spring visit. Mondays and Fridays are best.
To schedule a visit or get more information, call me or use the link below to email me.
Author Presentation - $300 minus $5.00 for any pre-sold books or day of sales. Minus $50 if you partner with another school to have me visit them as well.
(Example: Your cost is $150 if 20 books are sold and you get a partner school.)
A visit will always include two free copies of my book for your school library.
Transportation and Lodging - This is usually no cost to you as long as your are on the West Coast and I can cluster my visits geographically. If you spread the word or partner with other schools, that helps.
Book Sales: I will sell and autograph books during my visit. (I will be able to price the books at a 15% -35% discount from the cover price thanks to my publisher, White Cloud Press!)
Author Visit Options and Add-Ons:
"Create Your Own Character" Workshops
This is a great opportunity for students as an immediate follow-up to the author presentation or for a separate day. Students are able to channel their excitement and creativity by engaging in exploratory writing and illustrating activities. These activities are purposefully created with flexibility around different styles of learning and expression in order to help students at any age, developmental level, or academic skill level participate successfully.
(Classroom Visits $50 or Large Group $100.)
This would include an author reading and family-oriented presentation, followed by a "Create Your Own Character" workshop where families create and have fun together while engaged in a literacy based activity.
($200 minus $5 per book sold that night.)