**All visits for the 2021-2022 school year will be virtual**


I love talking with readers and aspiring writers. I would be happy to virtually visit your school, lead a workshop, or speak at a conference or library. I would love to talk about HONEY, THE DOG WHO SAVED ABE LINCOLN, the writing process, research and non-fiction, or a topic of your choice. Please reach out  to schedule your virtual visit via Zoom or a platform of your choice.


February 3, 2021, all day


I am excited to be taking part in World Read Aloud Day, an event that allows schools or libraries to visit with authors for twenty minutes– to learn more about them, hear them read their work, ask questions, and get author recommendations of other books students might like to read.

Coming just before President’s Day, this virtual opportunity will allow me to share the story across the country and world of how young Abraham Lincoln’s life was saved by his beloved pup, Honey. Please message me for any more details.

Sign up for your school or library at this link.



NEW! A Special Event for Lincoln’s Birthday & President’s Day

Feb. 12, 2021

9 am PST / 11 am CST / 12 pm EST


Register here

This one-of-a-kind webinar will focus on lesser-known facts about Abraham Lincoln. — From his life as a child on a Kentucky farm, rescuing animals and being rescued by one himself — to the lessons he learned after a rascally mistake landed him in a duel as a budding lawyer — and his presidential days as a man rooted deeply in his agricultural past—young readers will see the evolution of Lincoln’s character.

Authors Shari Swanson (HONEY, THE DOG WHO SAVED ABE LINCOLN), Donna Janell Bowman (ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S DUELING WORDS), and Peggy Thomas (LINCOLN CLEARS A PATH), will bring Abraham Lincoln to life as a complex, compassionate, and passionately curious man with stories you may have never heard before.

The Virtual Author Visit will last one hour and will allow each author to discuss her book and how it reflects Lincoln’s character. We will explore the research and writing behind each story and offer engaging writing lessons to inspire creativity and connect to curriculum goals. The visit will conclude with time for Q and A.

The webinar is suitable for school-age children, Lincoln fans, teachers, and writers. A pdf of the writing lessons will be available with registration.

Can’t make the Feb. 12 live webinar? No problem. A recording will be available to registrants until February 28, 2021.

NOTE: Each registration works on ONE device only for the live event. Shared links will not work. Each classroom attending the event will need to register separately. Teachers should contact their IT specialists to determine remote learner access to the live event. Otherwise, virtual students can watch the recorded session from home (with teacher’s access code) through the month of February.



School Visits

If you are interested in arranging an in-person or virtual author visit, please contact me to discuss your proposed meeting.

Book Launch and Signings


SCBWI Cen-Cal Writer’s Day, Spotlight Presenter

September 12, 2020