Author Visits

Author visits are one thing that I really enjoy! Being back in the classroom with the students is natural for me after sixteen years of teaching.

Tailoring presentations according to grade level will provide the children with the experience of sharing ideas, interacting with their peers and engaging in the active experience of writing and reading.

Specific curriculum presentations can vary from story telling, to writing, and developing the process of how a story comes to life!

Group size of presentations may vary. However, smaller groups personalize activities and provide more participation and interaction on the part of the students.

Please contact me for more detailed information to plan your "special" author visit.


"Thank you to all of you for your dedication and commitment to being the best at what you do.  The students and staff of Tulsa Elementary school cant thank you enough for the two days you devoted to our community.

Thank you again for your willingness to share in our special Festival of Authors and please feel free to come by other times throughout the year to share as well. "

Lester Powell
Principal, Tulsa Elementary,
Granada Hills
"Alva Libert Sachs was exceptionally wonderful when interacting with After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles students at a reading event hosted at Cesar Chavez Elementary.  She was poised, personable, and really knew how to connect with kids in a friendly manner and on an intelligent level. Alva kept the students engaged during her book reading and also presented great questions for the kids, which were both thought provoking and age-appropriate.  Alva had fun activities for students and was gracious in giving each child a fun pencil and bookmark; a nice token for children who come from deserving communities.  A continued thanks to Alva… she is a true STAR! "

Shannon Mayock,
Director of Marketing and Communications After-School All-Stars,
Los Angeles

After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles is Arnold Schwarzenegger's foundation and Kobe Bryant is our Program Ambassador
"We had the pleasure of having Alva visit our bookstore and share her books with our Monday morning story time group. She was a delight. Her books are charming and engaging and Alva has a warm and experienced way with her young audience. We would welcome her back any time."

Linda McLoughlin Figel,
Co-Owner {pages} a book store
"Alva conducted a fabulous workshop for Kindergartners and First Graders at our annual Authors & Illustrators Night. Not only did she make it delightful for her young students, who were given the task of creating their dream birthday party through the written word, but she made our job as organizers nearly effortless. Alva was responsive to our requests and worked with us to create a truly unforgettable evening."

Elizabeth Borsting and Holland Brown
Co-Chairs of Lowell Elementary School’s Authors & Illustrators Night Long Beach (Belmont Shore)
"Dear Alva, It was a pleasure to meet you as well, and hope you enjoyed speaking to the students at Franklin Elementary School. Your books are delightful!"

Ellen Mark
Librarian, Franklin Elementary School
Santa Monica, CA
"Ms. Sachs, Thank you for the wonderful author read-aloud presentation. Our students were excited to meet a real and published author. I am especially grateful for your thoughtful consideration in bringing a "Big Book" version of your book, "I'm 5." The students were all able to see and enjoy the story that way. Thank you also for being so accommodating and accepting of ALL our students. You were gracious and patient and did a wonderful job keeping the kindergartners and Pre-K students focused. The students loved getting to meet you and hearing the beautiful story. Please come back any time!"

Lisa Melton
RIF Coordinator
Ranchito Ave. Elementary School
"Working with Alva was a delight! Her storytelling is incredible and the kids just love her!! Including my son who asked me about her next book! So keep up the great work Alva! You are doing a great job!"

Carmen Silva, Event Planner
Bank of Books
Ventura, CA
"Mrs. Figs' Bookworm was blessed with a visit from award-winning children's author, Alva Sachs. Not only did Alva come prepared to enthusiastically share her three incredible books, bookmarks and engaging activities, Alva came with a special gift…a spirited, yet gentle way of relating to, and inspiring children. I now know why our city library chose Alva as a featured author at our upcoming annual children's literacy event, "BookFest." Thank you, Alva, for sharing your gifts and talents, and for being a blessing to so many children!"

With gratitude, Mrs. Figs
Connie Halpern
October 2011
"I just wanted to say, "thanks" and to let you know what a fun and interactive presentation you gave for our school. The students were so engaged and involved during your readings! They loved hearing about the plot and action of the skateboard making and contest in "On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!". The children really connected to Jessica's adventures at the Big Top in "Circus Fever" and loved making their own Circus Fever Quilt! I think most of the students went home dreaming about joining the circus that night! Thanks for the unique activity sheets for each grade level... each one inspired the children to be creative, use their imagination, and to think about becoming a writer and illustrator! Thanks again for your clever way of presenting the books and sharing with our school about becoming an author!"

Meryl Sanders
Balboa Gifted Magnet School
"Do you remember what is was like to be excited about the circus? Maybe you have a little one who looks forward to the Circus when it comes to town. Circus Fever by Alva Sachs is a delightful story about a little girl named Jessica who is excited about the Circus! She just can't wait and is so excited! Young children will LOVE this story! My son loved the imagination of the character Jessica. The illustrations by Patricia Krebs are colorful and amazing and makes the delightful story come to life. This story will quickly become a bedtime story (or anytime!) favorite. For more information, check out the Author's website! I love the section on the website for kids."
Denise A. Bloomfield
Torrance Macaroni Kid
"Hi Alva! I am a kindergarten teacher at Charlton Elementary School in Charlton, Massachusetts. Our school has a Family Reading Night event in March and I have selected your book, Circus Fever, to read. I printed some of the activity sheets from your website for each child that attends the event. I will be decorating my classroom using a circus theme and I will be making circus goodie bags for each child. The bags will have blank booklets for the children to write and illustrate their own circus stories, circus stickers, clown rings, etc. We will also have bags of popcorn and a raffle.

I decided to choose a book with a circus theme. So I went to and searched for circus books. I wanted to choose one that was available if parents decided to buy one for their child after the event. I was impressed when I saw your book. I liked the story, the illustrations and it seemed to be perfect for the event especially for students in kindergarten and first grade. Your book fit the theme and would work with the other ideas that I had for the event such as circus decorations, clown balloons, a raffle of a circus related item, bags of popcorn, a photo booth and a special circus gift bag containing items to promote literacy such as a journal booklet for writing and drawing, activity sheets, clown pencils, etc.. I found your website and was happy to discover activity sheets related to the book that I could print. I was thrilled to see the online activities for kids. It was at that time that I decided that Circus Fever would be my choice for my thirty-minute part of the reading event. I am very excited about using your book!

Our goal is to promote literacy and a love for books. The event should be lots of fun.
Thank you for writing such a great book."
Carol Lewis
Charlton Elementary School
9 Burlingame Rd.
Charlton, MA 01507
"We were so excited to have Ms. Alva Sachs as our guest author for the 2010 Summer Reading Program awards celebration. She was so gracious in helping us welcome the kids, their parents and friends to our event. The kids were excited to meet her. All the participants enjoyed her presentation and liked her stories. Our staff especially appreciates her coming and helping us provide a successful event."
Darlene Lock
Chair- 2010 Summer Reading Program
Braille Institute Library Services
Los Angeles, CA
"I have had author Alva Sachs visit the Simi Valley Library several times to share her books with budding authors. The children are able to create writing and art projects as well as the wonderful chance to meet a real life author! Alva is warm and caring, taking time for each child to enjoy the occasion. I will most certainly invite her back for another visit."
Cindi Bouvier
Youth Specialist Librarian
Simi Valley Library
"The author visit from Alva Sachs to our school during the week long celebration of Read Across America Day 2010 was a true highlight of the week! Great enthusiasm, combined with creative and fun activities for the students, all made for an amazing day! She presented her two children's books in an age appropriate fashion to the various grade levels, capturing the attention of the students. A wonderful woman and author to work with and I highly recommend her to any elementary school. It was an honor and privilege to hear her speak and to now carry her two books as part of our library collection! "
Kathy Boyett, Library Aide
Sunland Elementary School
"It was a great pleasure to have Alva at our school site during the Westminster Author's Festival. There are close to 900 students at our school site and Alva was more than willing to meet and greet with all of our classes. She was nothing less than than accommodating and exceptional. Her demeanor with each grade level was wonderful. The kids were engaged and excited to be learning more about great story writing and letting their imagination run wild. Students of all grade levels wanted to keep on writing for weeks to come. We are looking forward to having her back in 2011! Thank you for such an amazing experience!"
Mr. Terry Shaver Library and Media Assistant Director
Jessie Hayden Elementary
Westminster School District
Westminster, California
"On behalf of the Skirball, I want to thank you for participating in the Monsters & Miracles Family Day program. The program was a great success! The Skirball saw high numbers of visitors to the museum, received positive comments from both the visitors and staff, and the space was always alive with joyful families. The Skirball strives to provide our visitors with unique experiences they can find only at the Skirball. Your appearance helped contribute to our goal. It was a treat to have you read for the Family Day program and judging from the crowds and the positive comments we will continue to have you back again.

What I enjoyed was that Family Day participants got the chance to hear and see an author bring to life a book while spending the day with a loved one. I greatly appreciate your dedication and time in helping to make the program shine. I look forward to working with you again."
Michael Fritzen
Head of Family Programs
Skirball Cultural Center
Los Angeles, CA
"Alva's visit to our pre-school was an exciting experience for the young authors and illustrators in our classroom. The children were very excited to meet a real life author and listen to her story. Alva was great, taking time to listen to the children's book they wrote and answering all their questions. Alva provides a wonderful literary experience for all ages and we hope to have her back again!"
Breonna Goodwin
Pre-School Teacher
Oak Park Neighborhood School (OPNS)
"Alva Sachs visited my classroom three times. Each presentation that Alva gave was exciting and provided great literary experiences for the children in my class. Alva's books are true works of art. Her stories capture the hearts of young readers."
Karen Lepp, Lead Kindergarten Teacher
Abraham Joshua Heschel West Day School, Kindergarten
"I had the pleasure of meeting Alva Sachs when she did a story time at Barnes & Noble. Setting the stage to read her delightful book, Circus Fever, Alva arrived with balloons, a life size clown cut-out, bookmarks, coloring, and activity sheets. With her props, high energy, and caring manner Alva created a festive and memorable experience for all. Alva has already returned for a second successful story time with her book, On Your Mark, Get Set Go!. In addition to story time, Alva is a great resource for writing workshops, author and educator events both in and out of the classroom, and book fairs. I highly recommend working with Alva!"
Susan Kaye, Lead Bookseller
Children's Department
Barnes & Noble-Thousand Oaks, CA
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