Virtual Visits with Kirby Larson

Libraries, Schools, Author Festivals and Conferences

Kirby is offering virtual visits only, via Zoom or Google Meet, for the school year 2020-2021.

Cost: $500 for one presentation; $1500 for three presentations (maximum 3 per day)

Number of students: Each presentation may accommodate either single classrooms, or up to 100 students, depending on the platform used. (See information below for Zoom and Google Meet.)

Presentations are for 50 minutes, which includes 10 to 15 minutes of Q&A (Note: basic Zoom plan has a 40-minute limit; see below)

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Kirby’s virtual presentations are best suited for grades 3 thru 8 and include all of the elements of her in-person visits:

  • A glimpse into her writing journey
  • The inspiration behind her books
  • How historical events shape her novels 
  • The importance of revision 
  • Out of the box research tips!
  • Opportunity for student involvement
  • Fifteen minutes of Q&A with students
  • Follow-up materials for classroom use

Kirby can do a shorter virtual presentation for 1st-2nd graders, with a focus on writing nonfiction using Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle as the mentor text. This session:

  • Introduces students to the creators of this book (including some surprises)
  • Introduces students to gathering facts
  • Introduces students to the need for revision
  • Allows for student involvement
  • Ten minutes of Q&A, if teachers desire
  • Follow-up materials for classroom use


If your school has a Zoom for Education account, the 40-minute limit has been temporarily removed. Click here for information.

Zoom can accommodate up to 100 students per presentation.

Google Meet:

The basic (free) Google Meet can accommodate up to 100 students per presentation.

Please contact Kirby to arrange scheduling.

Please also note:

School is responsible for “hosting” the virtual visit and sending a link to the scheduled visit at least three days prior.

Kirby will send a contract and invoice prior to scheduled visit.

Payment is due within one week following the virtual visit.

Kirby will send specific instructions for host controls of Zoom or Google Meet at the time of booking.

And please, no recording of presentations!

Book sales:

Kirby will provide an order form template. Books can be ordered through Kirby’s local independent bookstore, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, Washington. Books will be personalized, signed and shipped directly to the school.

If schools prefer to handle their own book sales, Kirby will send personalized, signed bookplates for each book sold.

Thank you!