Martha visits the exceptionally bright students and teachers at West Hanover.

Martha visits the exceptionally bright students and teachers at West Hanover.

School Visits

Martha really appreciated the VIP parking at Newport Elementary School.

Martha really appreciated the VIP parking at Newport Elementary School.

Martha likes to talk to kids of all ages, shapes and sizes. Usually, she makes them laugh. Sometimes, this is on purpose. So far, however, she has not burped into a microphone. Do not believe anyone who tells you otherwise.

If you want to invite Martha to your town, very politely ask your teacher or librarian to check out the details or contact Martha.

The Details

I give a high-energy, low-tech, occasionally uproarious talk that emphasizes the joys of reading, writing and imagination. If the group size permits, we play a game that reinforces classroom lessons on the elements of story. It's especially fun to talk to students who have read my books. Their questions and comments are always interesting and sometimes pointed.

Martha signed a copy of “Who Stole Uncle Sam?” for Jaden, a fourth grader at Heritage Elementary.

Martha signed a copy of “Who Stole Uncle Sam?” for Jaden, a fourth grader at Heritage Elementary.

Most of my books are for students in second through sixth grades, but Mrs. Wow Never Wanted a Cow is for younger children, and A Thousand Reasons Never to Kiss a Boy is for middle school and high school. The Year My Parents Ruined My Life seems to work well for many age groups. I am also available to speak to parents, librarians, teachers, and writers.

Group size is flexible. Smaller groups give us more opportunity for interaction, but I have faced down auditoriums filled with eighth graders and lived to tell. Workshops are for 20 or fewer students.

I am delighted to sign copies of my books for your students, parents, grandparents, pets.... Books should be ordered six weeks or more ahead of time. Usually, it's easiest to coordinate through a local bookstore.

Contact me for details on an honorarium and expenses.

Martha Freeman visited our school on a cool March day this school year and warmed both students and staff with her contagious love of what she does — which is to write books that zoom right in on the places that children’s minds go. One of the best things about the visit (aside from the delightful personality of Martha and the liveliness of her presentation) was the fact that she has written books for a variety of age levels: Mrs. Wow Never Wanted a Cow for the youngest kids; the Trouble With... and Who Stole... books for the lower elementary kids, and even a couple of books that are sophisticated enough to appeal to our higher elementary kids and our middle schoolers.
— Leslie Komarnicki, Librarian, Benchmark School, Media, Pennsylvania
Martha Freeman was an enthusiastic school visitor who told entertaining true stories from her life experiences, many of which influenced her writing. She relates very well to children and her presentations helped motivate students to enjoy research, reading and writing. Months after her visit her books are still popular and in demand. My students often ask when her next book will be published!
— Nancy Conway, Librarian, E. H. Phillips Elementary, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania