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School Visits and Events

We loved having Julia Richardson visit our classroom and share her story with our class. Her story of overcoming difficulties and disappointment was inspiring to hear. Students were engaged from start to finish. I would highly recommend! L. Simonds, 3rd grade teacher, Mattawan Public Schools

I enjoyed having Julia read and engage with my students. The presentation was funny, engaging, encouraging and heartfelt. My students were giggling, smiling and thinking throughout. K. Hopkins, Kindergarten teacher, Kentwood Public Schools 

The kids absolutely loved it and couldn’t stop talking about it. I wouldn’t change anything at all! K. Sills, 4th grade teacher, Mattawan Public Schools


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September 2023, Mattawan Later Elementary School Visit


Monday, August 21, 2023, 10-11am, Children's Nature Playscape, 302 Academy St, Kalamazoo, MI

More Events coming soon!

Julia LOVES to visit children! School visits are her favorite part of being a children's book author.


When she was young, she was in the lowest reading group and wrote every letter upside down and backwards. Thanks to dedicated teachers she overcame a severe case of dyslexia. Her story to publication inspires children to believe in their dreams.


Believe in Your Dreams

Grades K-5

Julia's school visits generate excitement about writing. Her underdog journey encourages students, especially those who are struggling. She uses puppets and marionettes and makes students laugh.

Each presentation lasts one hour.


Maximum 3 presentations per day.


Prefer 1-2 classrooms vs. a large all-school assembly. This allows more intimate interactions with students.


Within 30 miles of Mattawan, MI: $100/hr

Within 50 miles of Mattawan, MI: $200/hr

Greater than 50 miles from Mattawan, MI: $1000/day plus lodging if needed

SPECIAL SAVINGS: 50% off visit with a preorder of 50 or more books. Books will be autographed to match individual requests and delivered on the day of visit.

Click here to contact the author and reserve a date for the 2022/2023 school calendar.

In-person School Visits:

Student Reviews:

Teacher Resources:

Teacher's Guide Let's Build a Little Train

I thought it was just a normal visit but you changed my life. When I heard you say how hard it was it made me happy to write. It helped me and I loved your story. 3rd grade student

I loved that book you read and I like the cover on the book. I felt like a seed flying in the sky. I felt happy that you were with us. Thank you so much for reading to us. 3rd grade student


Thank you for reading your book to us. It was shoking to here the story abot how you strugld when you were a kid. Plese come next friday. We all loved the book. We all want you to come tomorow and read to us evre friday. 3rd grade student

Teacher's Guide Little Dandelion Seeds the World

Teacher Reviews:

Small poster for school visit

Large poster (11X17) for school visit


Author Brochure

Scavenger Hunt

In the News:


New Books Network Interview with Mel


Rosenberg: click here 

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