• The host should be prepared to pay a per day honorarium plus all expenses (round-trip travel from Boston, hotel, and meals).
  • It is the host’s responsibility to estimate expenses.
  • There is an additional fee for a teacher workshop / library-association talk if it is requested as part of a school visit.

Length of stay:

  • Regarding school visits, the author prefers to have two to four days of local school visits coordinated by primary contact. Exceptions can be made.


  • School Visits: Jack can work with K–12 and will do three sessions with students grouped in appropriate grade levels. Assemblies are fine. If requested, will do a teacher workshop / library-association talk for an additional fee.
  • Conferences / Professional Associations: He will do one to three presentations; any size group.


  • Grades K–3: The author focuses on the development of a picture book. Using Rotten Ralph as the main character, Jack takes the children through the literary elements of storyboarding.
  • Grades 4–6: He works with kids on journaling (how to set up a journal, map out and brainstorm ideas, and then pull ideas from the journal to work into a short story) and goes over elements of storytelling such as character development, problem/solution, and the importance of double endings of both physical and emotional plots.
  • Grades 7 & up: Jack can do a creative-writing workshop with the students or talk about the influences on his development as a writer or some combination thereof.
  • Conferences / Professional Associations: He will gear his talk according to the organization’s needs / themes.

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Booking Jack Gantos

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If a school visit, will Jack be asked to do a teacher workshop / library-association talk as well?

Will there be autographing sessions?

(If so, you are responsible for ordering books and handling sales. The publisher will provide information regarding their book ordering policy.)

(The host is required to cover all the author's expenses - travel, hotel, and meals - associated with the visit.)