School Visits

With Cathy Stenquist and Erica Leigh

 for the 22/23 School Year

We would love to visit your school!

We love being an author and illustrator, and sharing our love of reading, writing and art with children. 


When students meet an author and/or illustrator, it inspires them

to see the creative possibilities in their life and celebrate the joy

and reward of reading, writing and the arts.


Our Presentations:

  • Use examples from the development and publishing of "Forever Home."

  • Can be modified to accommodate students Preschool - Grade 5

  • Can be presented virtually or locally (The Greater Boston Area) in-person.


Our comprehensive teacher's guide (FREE with booking) will:

  • Help teachers to meet their curriculum requirements 

  • Provide them with interesting activities to expand on our visit .  



L-R: Illustrator, Erica Leigh, Author, Cathy Stenquist

and rescue puppy, Honey

 I Want to be an Author!

   Presenter: Cathy Stenquist - Author                                  Fee: $200

   Age Range: PreK - Kindergarten/ Gr 1-5

   Students will:

  • Listen to author Cathy Stenquist read "Forever Home." 

  • Learn what makes a book a picture book

  • The answer is Read, Read. Read! Learn what the question is.

  • Discuss where a writer gets their ideas

  • Get a peek inside the Writer's Tool Box

  • Discover the question every writer needs to ask: "What If?"

  • See that even published authors don't get their story right the first time and need to "Revise" and "Critique" to make their book better.

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I Want to be an Illustrator!

    Presenter: Erica Leigh - Illustrator                                          Fee: $200      Age Range: PreK - Kindergarten/ Gr 1-5

    Students will:

  • Discuss how text + illustrations = picture book

  • Using FOREVER HOME as an example, sharing what an illustrator  is responsible for.

  • See what steps go into a character sketch - Research and Reference

  • Get an interactive peek inside the Illustrator's Tool Box

  • Learn what a Story Board is and how it helps the illustrator

  • Even Erica Leigh may not get it right the first time- Learn about Revision and trying again.

Kids Drawing

Making "Forever Home"

    Presenters: BOTH Cathy Stenquist - Author                           Fee: $400

                          and Erica Leigh - Illustrator

    Age Range: Gr 3-5

     Students will:

  • An abbreviated version of BOTH "I Want to be an Author" and

      "I Want to be an Illustrator."

  • Optional: Cathy Stenquist reading Forever Home 

  • Discuss how text + pictures = picture book

  • A peek inside their Writer and Illustrator Tool Boxes

  • Follow the development of BOTH text and illustrations for "Forever Home."

  • Possible surprise visit by Erica Leigh's rescue puppy, Honey! (Available for Virtual visits only)

Children in Classroom

Let's Write a Story Together

    Presenters: BOTH Cathy Stenquist - Author,                                      Fee: $400

                          and Erica Leigh - Illustrator

    Age Range: Gr 3-5

    Students will:

  • Listen to Cathy Stenquist read "Forever Home." 

  • Learn the basics parts of a picture book: Cover, spine, gutter etc.

  • Learn about a story arc, setting, character, character's problem, tension and resolution.

  • Work with Cathy to create their own Setting, character, plot and resolution while Erica Leigh illustrates their setting and character. 

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Community Helpers

     Presenter: Cathy Stenquist - Author                             Fee: $200

    Age Range: Pre K- Gr 1

    Students will:

  • Listen to Cathy Stenquist read "Forever Home." 

  • Learn what Community Helpers are.

  • Discover who the helpers are in "Forever Home" and how they helped the kittens.

  • Discuss who the helpers are in their neighborhood

  • Answer the question - "Can I be a helper too?"

  • See real-life examples of age appropriate ways children and their families can make a difference.

  • Take away an awareness of who the helpers are they can depend on and share how the good ways how being a helper makes you feel.

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Presentation Options

 for the 22/23 school year