Virtual Visits

Bring Chris Grabenstein into your school, classroom, or library

Chris loves making virtual visits to schools, classrooms, and library groups that have read at least one of his solo books and is now fielding requests for the 2022-23 school year (starting in September).

Priority will be given to schools or districts who’ve read one of Chris’s solo books or Shine! as a class, a grade level, or as a One School One Book event. (Chris does not do Virtual Visits focused solely on the books he has co-authored with James Patterson.)

Virtual visits are FREE as a thank you for buying Chris’s books. If you are selected for a virtual visit, proof of purchase for a minimum of 24 books will be required.

If you’re a teacher or librarian and your class/school/library group has been reading something by Chris (or Shine! by Chris and J.J), fill out the Virtual Visit Request form, submit it, and our events coordinator Lindsey Kimery will get back to you. Lindsey is a school librarian herself and says:

“One of the best parts of my job as a school librarian is connecting kids with the authors they love. These memories last a lifetime. Over the past 16 years, I’ve hosted over 60 authors and helped numerous librarians organize and host successful author events. I am passionate about helping authors and schools work together to successfully impact the lives of readers.”

School Visits
School Visits
School Visits
School Visits

If and when your date is scheduled, please send a photo of your receipt, purchase order, packing slip, or documentation of the book donation you received to no later than 30 days prior to the event.

Sessions typically last 30 minutes. Chris will present for approximately 15-20 minutes, and then answer questions for the remainder of the time.

Chris prefers to connect via Zoom or Google Meets—with screen sharing capability turned on. Those are both easy to access as he is not able to offer additional time for a tech check. Experience shows that these Virtual Visits work best when students come prepared with questions.

BONUS: If you want to talk about Shine!, co-author J.J. Grabenstein will join Chris (if she is not in the recording studio).

If you are unable to get on Chris’s calendar (slots fill up quickly), here are links to the next best thing: some FREE fun and instructional videos:

“INSIDE MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY”—Chris goes behind the scenes and discusses the inspirations for his award-winning Lemoncello series. (23 minutes)

“SHINING TOGETHER”—Chris and J.J. talk about their paths to becoming authors, the Power Of Yes when collaborating, and their co-authored book SHINE! (29 Minutes)

“LIBRARY OLYMPICS GAMES”—Chris is the Lemoncello-esque “game show host” for some Library Olympics games that you can play in your library or classroom.

Lindsey helps keep Chris and J.J. Organized

School Visits


Several schools and libraries that Chris visits virtually have asked about purchasing autographed books. So, Chris has worked out an arrangement with his local Indie bookstore, BOOKS OF WONDER. Chris can personalize and sign the books, Books Of Wonder will ship them on to you.

 Click here for information on getting signed books!

School Visits
School Visits

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