Mary is equipped for Skype™ visits to classrooms and other gatherings.
“I wanted to thank you for visiting with us over Skype on Thursday. The girls had a great time meeting you and you definitely became the highlight of the evening! Thank you so much for taking the time out and visiting with us. The girls have already requested me to purchase your new American Girl book for next year, so we will be sure to get that in the library since your fans are looking forward to reading it!”
Jacksonville Public Library
Below: American Girl® fans
enjoying a Skype visit with Mary.
Mary visiting with students
Speaking and School Visits
I enjoy speaking at state reading and library conferences, writing workshops, and at schools. When I visit schools, I am willing to present to large audiences or conduct classroom workshops. I stress the importance of writing from the heart and that revision is part of the writing process. Whatever the setting, I strive to make the experience personal and memorable for those in attendance.
If you’re interested in arranging an author visit, please contact Charlie Casanova by clicking on the button below:
“The breadth of Mary Casanova’s writing is surpassed only by her warm demeanor and genuine love of kids and teachers. We felt privileged when she agreed to speak at our conference … and the response from our audience made it clear she was an excellent choice!”
—Steven Layne, PhD,
Judson University, Elgin, IL 2016
“At the recent state reading association conference with attendance over 1200, author Mary Casanova was an engaging keynote speaker.
In addition, she spoke for several breakout sessions and the final luncheon. As you learn to know Casanova the author and any of the 31 titles she has written, you quickly learn about her talent and diverse interests and expertise. Educators were drawn to her sessions and would agree that she is impressive in the smaller writing classes in addition to the large general session. Ms. Casanova is genuinely captivating.”
—Joyce Hinman IRA Board member
attending NDRA, Bismarck, North Dakota 2013
“Thank you for being a keynote speaker doing breakout sessions at our 2014 NDRA Spring Reading Conference. The “energy” of your presentations were contagious and brought smiles to faces and were being talked about, up and down the halls. There was a lot of talk from educators across North Dakota about the wonderful professional development they were offered. Your love of reading and writing was evident and there are many educators that will be going back to their classrooms tomorrow morning to inspire their students because of YOU!!!”
—Melody Aime, President, NDRA
NDRA, Bismarck, North Dakota 2013
“If you are looking for a terrific speaker for your next conference, you can't go wrong with Mary Casanova. She is extremely personable, generous with her time, flexible with scheduling, and completely entertaining and informative as a presenter. Her book are appealing to all types of readers. We were thrilled to host her at the Nebraska State REading Assocation Annual conference.”
—Julie Agard, President NRA
Kearney, Nebraska 2007
Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards
“We received many favorable comments about your KEYNOTE address (and the workshop)! You are an engaging speaker!”
—Gail Trygstad, University of Minnesota Duluth Library
“You did an excellent job of KEYNOTING. You provided so much important information for these aspiring young writers." Most importantly, you proivided encouragement and inspiration. You have a wonderful way of connecting!”
—Gina Jacobson, Success Beyond the Classroom, St. Paul, MN
Young Authors Festival, Bethel University, 2010
Comments about Mary’s School Visits
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Mary Casanova’s presentation at Ridgeview Elementary school in Granite Bay, California included every element needed for a perfect school Author Day. Mary’s ability to interactively engage the students was masterful. Her multi dimensional approach, using an overview of writing basics with an emphasis on the importance of incorporating personal experience and thorough research, was brilliant. Our school has a notable history of visits by excellent authors with Mary Casanova on our list of the most highly recommended. Her superb presentation motivates children to develop their writing skills and will inspire them to have a life long love of reading.
—Carolyn Mesick, Librarian
Author Day Committee Chair
Mary Casanova's presentation at Ridgeview Elementary school in Granite Bay, California included every element needed for a perfect school Author Day. Mary's ability to interactively engage the students was masterful. Her multi dimensional approach, using an overview of writing basics with an emphasis on the importance of incorporating personal experience and thorough research, was brilliant. Our school has a notable history of visits by excellent authors with Mary Casanova on our list of the most highly recommended. Her superb presentation motivates children to develop their writing skills and will inspire them to have a life long love of reading.
I've noticed a lot of “dialogue” lately about author school visits so I wanted to share our recent experience. I couldn’t wait to let everyone on LM-NET know about an awesome guest author we were privileged to host last week. Mary Casanova is from northern Minnesota, is reasonably priced and has a variety of published books including a folktale and another picture book as well as several outstanding chapter books to appeal to 3rd grade up to 8th. Our staff was so impressed with her outstanding rapport with the kids that they have asked me to reschedule her in a couple of years! We have a guest author in our school every year, but Mary was one of the best. If you're looking for a great author visit, check out Mary Casanova [www.marycasanova.com]. You won’t be disappointed!
—Joyce McMurray, Library Media Specialist
Fire Prairie Middle School, Fort Osage R-I School District
2101 N. Twyman Rd., Independence, MO 64058
[Our 4th and 5th grade international school students] enjoyed hearing about her childhood and seeing photos. Since many had never visited the United States, she was careful to be aware of cultural differences and explain things the children might not be familiar with. They were captivated when she recounted the many personal experiences that became chapters in the books.They appreciated the fact that she had to remain confident and persistent in order to attain her goal of being a published children's author. Her booksigning was very personal and the best I have ever seen. She took time to speak to each child and they, in turn, felt so special and inspired to write. Her books were never on the shelves for long and, now, even a year later, they still recall her visit in detail.
International School of Paris
96bis, rue du Ranelagh
75016 Paris, France
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