September 2016: Mountain View School, Young Authors' Day

What a wonderful welcoming!

June 8, 2018 Pendleton Pediatrics Author Event! I had a lovely morning with the children reading from my chapter book Ellie Adventure Picking Out Puppies and my upcoming picture book Blooming Ivy! 

Dr. Judy Pendleton (above left) from Pendleton Pediatrics located at 1445 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ, 85224 480-385-5055  

​​​​​​Colleen Dougherty

Dobson Academy: March 31, 2017

Reader Theater with the students make my author visits lots of fun!

Author Visits

Young Author's Day Oct 4, 2017

September 2016: Mountain View School, Phoenix, Arizona. 

We were discussing other options for a super power that might not be expected in a story. These boys showed they could think outside of the box and had some creative ideas! 

Dobson Academy: March 31, 2017 

Story Circle! Using who, what, where, when, why we came up with a fun story about a bear and a horse buying dinosaur earrings while eating pork chops!


The places I've been! I'd love to come to your school or event!  (My goal is to visit every state the USA and beyond!)

2017 Visits

February 21, 2017: Val Vista Academy, Gilbert, AZ, 3rd Grade

February 27, 2017: Galveston Elementary, Chandler, AZ, 1st, 3rd and 6th grades 

February 28, 2017: Galveston Elementary, Chandler, AZ, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th grades 

March 1, 2017: Galveston Elementary, Chandler, AZ, 2nd, 4th and 5th grades

March 2, 2017: Read Across America, Mountain View School, Phoenix, AZ, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades 

March 3, 2017: Galveston Elementary, Chandler, AZ, Grade K

March 11 - 12, 2017: Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson, AZ Booth 138 Selling / Signing Book 

March 31, 2017: Dobson Academy, Chandler, AZ

Grade K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

April 1, 2017: Read On Chandler, Chandler, AZ

Event hosted by the Chandler Public Library to encourage children to read! 

May 3, 2017: CTA Liberty, Chandler, AZ, presentations for all grades, K - 6

May 5, 2017: Young Authors', Mountainview School, Phoenix. Grade 4

May 11, 2017: Navarrette Elementary School, Chandler, AZ, all grades, K - 6

May 19, 2017: Sibley's, Downtown Chandler, AZ Author Event

September 28, 2017: Towne Meadow Elementary School, Gilbert, AZ Grades K - 3

October 4, 2017: Young Author's Day, Mountain View School, Grade 4

October 7, 2017: Sibley's West, Downtown Chandler, AZ Local Author Event Book Signing

October 30, 2017: BASIS Chandler Primary South, Chandler, AZ Grades 1st - 2nd

November 9, 2017: BASIS Scottsdale Primary, Scottsdale, AZ Grades K - 2nd

November 30, 2017: Playa del Ray Elementary School, Gilbert, AZ, all grades, K-6

December 1, 2017: Augusta Ranch Elementary School, Mesa, AZ, grades K - 2

2018 Visits 

January 11, 2018: Hull Elementary School, Chandler, AZ, grades 1 - 2 

February 2, 2018: Harris Elementary School, Mesa, AZ, grades K - 6

February 15, 2018: Auxier Elementary, Queen Creek, AZ, grades K - 2

February 28, 2018: Constitution Elementary School, Phoenix, AZ, grades 2 - 3

March 1, 2018: Read Across America, Mountain View, Phoenix, AZ, grade 3

March 1, 2018: Evening Birthday Party for Dr. Seuss! Shumway Leadership Academy, 

Chandler, AZ, family event. 

March 2, 2018: Burk Elementary, Gilbert, AZ, grades 1 - 4

March 6, 2018: Jacobson Elementary, Chandler, AZ, grades K - 6

March 28, 2018: Val Vista Lakes, Gilbert, AZ, grades K-2

April 4, 2018: Fuller Elementary, Mesa, AZ grade K

June 8, 2018: Pendleton Pediatrics, Chandler, AZ author event

I love doing author visits! I remember being in elementary school and having an author come visit my school. It was interesting to listen to her story (and I loved getting out of math class!) and to imagine myself as an author. Now, when I come to an elementary school, I think back to when I was a girl and I try to plan a visit that the children will remember. It's important to me that they are involved so I always make it interactive. 

  • Informative and heavy on the fun!
  • Single classroom or full assembly.
  • All lesson plans can be modified to meet your needs.
  • I will personalize all books ordered! 


​​Please use my contact form if you're interested in having me visit. 

2019/2020 School year fees: My pilot program ended with the 2018/2019 school year. My fees to visit your school and present to two classes or two assemblies is $250. 

Please also mention if you'd like me to offer book sales for the students. I will sign each copy purchased and personalize it for the student! 

I do like to end my presentation by asking the children to think about the other students and to see if there is anything they can do today that would enrich another's life in some way. For example: Can you hold the door open for someone? Help someone that has their hands full? If someone looks sad, maybe a smile from you will make them feel a little better? Look for ways to be extra kind today! 

"What if" an elephant wore pink slippers?

Grade K - 3

45 - 60 minutes 

We will discuss inspiration and how we all possess the ability to create stories by learning the secret of "what if." The children will be asked to draw a picture of either a "who" or a "what" or a "where" and we will build a story based on what they've drawn on their paper. Three children at a time will come up to the front of the classroom to build a story based on what they've drawn. One by one they will take turns sharing ideas on how they story should be told. There will be time for Q & A before I read from my book Ellie Adventure: Picking Out Puppies and can use my Reader Theater option.

Other variations of this class include AZ standards of who, what, where, when, how and why and then expanding on the story to include the unexpected. We revisit the examples and modify them to show how everyone is capable of being creative. 

Story Circle (follows what inspires a story)

Grade K - 3 

45 - 60 minutes

This class is a continuation of the first class. Instead of drawing we share ideas, making sure to include the AZ Standards of who, what, where, when, how and why and the work on the story circle but making sure that we expand on the ideas to the unexpected. Once we build our story circle together, we then work together on Reader Theater. 

Reader Theater is a lot of fun to do with the children! I will have several children come to the front of the class to help me by reading from my book. I select a chapter and each child will have a prop (because it's always more fun with props) and will be encouraged to really become their selected character. I can take volunteers for the roles in Reader Theater or teachers can select based on their own criteria. 

Slide Presentation

Grades 4th - 6th 

45 - 60 minutes with Reader Theater

My slide presentation covers the difference between traditional publishing and self-publishing, or Indy Publishing. I discuss the pros and cons of both while trying to add some fun to the presentation. We then do Reader Theater. I've found that all grades like to participate in Reader Theater! 

Recommended plan for day

I've found the best success for me is to present to the whole school in one day by doing two assemblies. I recommend splitting up the school by grades K - 3rd and then 4th - 6th. For grades K - 3rd, I will talk about what inspires a story and end that discussion by doing a Story Circle. After we create a story together and share ideas, we will do Reader Theater. 

For grades 4th - 6th, I will do my slide presentation and then end with Reader Theater.

I end each assembly asking the students to find a way to be kind to another student. 

More offerings to come. If you have something that you'd like for your school, please let me know! I'll do my best to make that happen!

Thank you for considering me for your school! 

Some nice words from places I've visited: 

December 2017: 

Dear Ms. Dougherty,
Thank you again for visiting our students at Augusta Ranch Elementary. Our K-2nd grade children loved hearing about Ellie and her puppies! Your presentation was engaging and everyone enjoyed the Reader's Theatre portion. When I delivered the books Friday afternoon one 1st grade student was so excited she shouted out, "They're here!"
I appreciate you visiting and look forward to having you visit again in the future! 

Cindy Schaible 
Augusta Ranch Elementary School Media Specialist