School Visits

Motivating reluctant readers?
Trying to inspire your writers?
Looking to engage the boys, but not lose the girls?

I can help. Not only can I connect with young readers, but I can help inspire them to become better writers.  Through presentations that explore what it takes to develop an idea into a published book, I help students understand that you don’t have to be a writer to write. Being creative isn’t something that only artists do, it’s something that everyone can do. If they try.  During visits I also explain how I overcame rejection and false starts to finally create a successful book series, The Ballpark Mysteries!

Click Here to Inquire About an Author (or virtual author) Visit

Request information/sign up for an author visit. Simply fill out your contact info and let me know what dates you are thinking about and I’ll get back to you to coordinate a visit.

NOTE: In lieu of complications from Covid-19, I am offering full author visits virtually for the spring and fall of 2020. I can visit your students virtually in classrooms or distance learning situations to talk about my mystery writing process. Many schools are already planning virtual visits for June 2020 and Fall 2020. Please contact me to book your date now. 

Kudos for David A. Kelly’s virtual author visits
“To kick off our school’s book fair, David did a Zoom presentation to our entire elementary school about his Ballpark Mysteries series. We had an incredible response with more than 300 households tuning in, and the students and teachers were very excited to get a behind-the-scenes look at how an author researches and writes a book. Our students then had the opportunity to ask David questions. It was a real grand-slam event!”–Chris Klein, chairperson High Plain Elementary Book Fair, Andover, Massachusetts, spring 2020

I’m happy to customize my presentation for your specific requirements, but my standard presentation for elementary school visits covers a range of topics, including: how children can become writers, specific techniques I use to write the Ballpark Mysteries (setting, character, plot, suspense, etc.), the writing and editing process (with examples of what my editor at Random House does to my stories!), and what it takes to be a successful author. Generally we leave time for plenty of Q&A.

My presentations are best for grades 1-5, but I can also talk about being a writer, the publishing process, and writing and editing to older grades as well.

Fees & Expenses
In-person author visit fees are usually determined by the number of presentations:
– 2 presentations – $850
– 3 presentations – $1,200
– 4 presentations – $1,400

Fees for virtual author visits via Skype, Zoom, Google Meet, etc. generally start at half the in-person prices, but depend on a few factors. Please contact me for specific fees and information.

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Travel fees may apply for schools beyond a 1-hour drive from Boston or for single presentations. School visits requiring an overnight stay or long distance travel may require additional fees. Travel expenses (either round-trip mileage or airfare) are the responsibility of the school. I am happy to work with schools that have financial limitations, please contact me for special situations or other visit configurations.

Free Author Visits
Note: I *very* occasionally do free in-person author visits when my schedule allows. Add your name to my free author visit list for a chance at a free author visit. Please note, that such visits only happen occasionally, so it’s best to purchase a visit if you really want one.

Book Sales
I am happy to bring books to sell or to help you make arrangements with Random House or local bookstores for book sales.  Children who are not able to purchase a signed book, are given a signed bookmark.


Selected Past School Visits

  • Hebron Elementary, Hebron, Connecticut
  • American Heritage and American Academy, Plantation, Florida
  • Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, Palo Alto, California
  • Plummer-Motz Elementary, Falmouth, Maine
  • Colt Andrews Elementary School, Bristol, Rhode Island
  • St. Davids, New York, New York
  • Franklin Elementary, Newton, Massachusetts

David A. Kelly
Phone: 617-969-6886
Fax: 617-969-8881
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