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Author Visits with D.M. Whitaker​

I’d love to Visit Your School and Meet Your Students!

~In Person or Virtually~

An Author Visit...

Is an incredible opportunity to connect young readers with the person and process behind the books. With my experience as a teacher and author, I am able to inspire, educate and entertain a wide range of future writers and artists.

My Mission

My mission is to help parents, educators, and caregivers teach children daily life and social skills that will help them to be their best in their homes, classrooms, and communities. My books and author visits allow students to see social skills acted out in my stories, and the engaging experience of practicing these skills through role plays, discussions, and activities. 

I hope that children will read my stories and use them as a guide for how to be their best selves, a great friends, as they master different skills like accepting differences, sharing, apologizing, advocating for others, and more!

Author Visits

  • Full Day of age-appropriate presentations. As many as your staff and space require (All for a single price).

  • Lunch with students, book signings, contest judging, classroom drop-ins, you name it. Once I'm in the building, my time is yours.

  • Free bookmarks for all of your students.

  • Teacher lesson plans for each title and activity sheets to extend the learning.



Pricing is based on driving distance between Omaha, NE, 68046, and the school building.

Up to 100 miles


100 to 180 miles


180 to 240 miles

over 240 miles


Development Centers and Small Classrooms

If you are a daycare or child development center with 25 kids or less, this is a perfect visit for you.


  • Story Time - your pick. a Fun and engaging reading  

  • Interactive Game

  • Robust Q+A Session - Kids can ask questions about being an author, how to make books, and more!  

  • Book Signing and Pictures

  • Free bookmarks or stickers for all of your students


This is a fun modified author visit catered to their growing minds and imagination.

Daycares and Development Centers - $350

Small Classrooms


hor Visits

  • Age-appropriate presentations. As many as your staff and space require (All for a single price).

  • Everything I show, explain, and introduce students to during an in-person author visit, but online. Technology for the win!

  • Great way to include both in-class and remote learners at once.

  • Zoom, Google Meet, Sessions, MS Teams- I've done it all.

  • Teacher lesson plans for each title and activity sheets to extend the learning.

No cancellation fee.


I’m also available for readings at libraries, parties, or other community events!

Testimonials from Happy Teachers

“The three first grade classes at Lothrop Magnet had an amazing virtual visit with D.M. Whitaker! The students were so excited to meet a real author. They were very engaged during the read-aloud, and their engagement proved itself in the jeopardy game. The students were so excited to choose and answer the questions. They will be so excited to get the wristbands! We are all so thankful Mrs. Whitaker took time out of her busy schedule to inspire and encourage our students to be kind to those who are different from them.”

– Kaitlin Malone, 1st Grade Teacher, Lothrop Magnet

“Thanks so much. I completely enjoyed the readings, as well as the students who participated. In addition, I already indicated to my colleagues how awesome, fun, and authentic the lessons you had shared.”

-Kathy Williams, Kindergarten Teacher, Phoenix Academy

“We just wanted to thank you SO much for taking the time to come into our classroom today. The students in both classes absolutely loved your book and the message behind it. I also wanted to mention how engaging your session is. My students loved your PowerPoint and the game that you included afterward. They LOVED the illustrations too!”

-Brianna Hayward, 1st and 2nd Grade Teacher, Canada

Ideas for Funding a School Visit

  1. Share travel costs with other schools, libraries, or daycares in your district/area and book multiple events in the same day for discounted daily rates.

  2. Ask the Parent/Teacher Association or other special interest club/fund for assistance.

  3. Apply for a community or educational grant from local organizations (Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.).

  4. Raise funds through book sales – schools may get a discounted rate when ordering a large number of books.


304 Olson Drive, Ste. 115-758 Papillion, Nebraska 68046



As a children’s book author, I write books to provide parents, teachers and caregivers with fun alternatives to teach young children. My books help children to learn social and functional skills that will empower them with independence, help them foster quality relationships with others, and be their best in their homes, classrooms and communities.

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