Bring a Nonfiction Minute Author to Your School!by all the Authors on Call

by  Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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Your students get to know the authors of the Nonfiction Minute through free daily posts of fascinating real-life stories.  Books by these award-winning children's nonfiction authors are already in your school and public libraries. Bring an author to your school via our Zoom Room so they can ask those questions and get the answers straight from an author's mouth.   Let us know just who you'd like to meet! Write the name of the author you are selecting in the section labeled"ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR CONTENT PROVIDER TO KNOW" 

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About This Program


By Request: $300.00
By Request Premium: $270.00

Invoiced by iNK Think Tank, Inc.
302 Pondside Drive
White Plains, NY 10607


1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

There is no maximum if you want many classrooms as endpoints from one school But the program is more effective if we visit separate classes for a short period of time.

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Gifted & Talented, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Mathematics, Reading, Sciences, Social Studies/History, Special Education, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

This is an hour program so that students who have been reading the free and very popular blog the Nonfiction Minute can ask a favorite author questions. You can have as many as 10 classrooms logged in or you can divide the hour by six, giving each of six classrooms ten minutes with the author.

Sorry, this program is not currently available. To inquire about future availability, please contact Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

About This Provider

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Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

White Plains, NY
United States

The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb,  Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy,  Peggy Thomas, Marissa Moss, Jan Adkins, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

Vicki Cobb

Program Details


The hour with the author can be very flexible. You can have up to 10 classes listening in or you can divide the hour and have the author spend a certain amount of time with individual classrooms. For example, each of four classes could have 15 minutes with the author.

Suggested questions?
How did you learn about__________?
What did you do to make sure kids would like what you wrote?
Is it hard to write? What do you do to make it easier?
What made you interested in _______________?


1. to gain understanding of the process used by an author to write a Nonfiction Minute
2. to understand why short pieces are sometimes harder to write than long ones,
3. to gain insights into the writing process and how it can help them in their own work.
4. to develop an appreciation of nonfiction literature..

Standards Alignment

National Standards

The Common Core Standards for ELA emphasize listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. To meet these requirements students need to read widely and deeply. The Nonfiction Minutes are exemplary, high-interest, reading selections that foster these basic standards. The authors themselves are exemplars of masters of these standards. The Nonfiction Minutes lend themselves to a holistic approach to learning these standards and serve as mentor texts for students.