School Visits


To have Reyna Grande visit your school, please contact her at to discuss date, honorarium, schedule, location, and any equipment or materials the author will need. Also provide information about age group, number of sessions, number of students per session, and any special needs of your school.


The host is responsible for an honorarium due the day of the visit or shortly thereafter. If there is travel involved, the host is responsible for travel cost, lodging, and meals unless honorarium is all-inclusive. Please discuss arrangements and details with Reyna.


The most effective way to ensure a successful author visit is having students read Reyna’s books in advance. Read and discuss the author work with the students and consider having them complete an individual or class project based on one of her books. If this is not an option, considering sharing a chapter of her book, her biography, and articles written about her so that the students will have some information prior to her visit. Click here to download lesson plans or excerpts for Across a Hundred Mountains. Click here to download lesson plans or excerpts for The Distance Between Us.


Reyna Grande;s visits include a book-signing session. You can order from a bookstore, Simon & Schuster, or Reyna would be happy to bring copies of her books for sale. Please remember that books should be ordered two to three months in advance to secure copies and allow time for shipping. For special sales contact Bryony Weiss, S & S Manager, Consumer Marketing at  (212) 698-1250 or


Ask faculty, teachers, PTA members and students to find creative ways to promote the event. Consider contacting your local media announcing the event and invite them to attend. Use social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.


One of the most effective ways to make an author visit a success is to build enthusiasm. Here are some ideas that you can use at your school:


Start the buzz! Talk about the event, the author and her books to administrators, teachers, students, parents, volunteers, etc.

  • Read and discus the author’s books with the students. Encourage the staff to read them too!
  • Ask your librarian to select and supply teachers and students with books that relate to the subject or themes of the author’s books. If necessary, books can be borrowed from the public library or other schools.
  • Encourage teachers to integrate the author’s books with the curriculum and to work in the class.
  • Display the author’s books at the library or create a display of cover books in the hallway.
  • Have students prepare questions for the Author on the day of the visit.
  • Organize a contest and have the winners receive autographed books the day of the event.
  • Have students make posters, banners or bookmarks related to the themes in the books.
  • Organize a student art exhibit in response to the themes of the books.
  • Coordinate students to interview the author for the school newsletter or newspaper.
  • Have students write a review of one or more of the Author;s books.
  • Invite parents to join their children at the event.
  • Select and prepare students to introduce the author in a creative and lively way. Research about the author would be required. Some places where to find more information are the inside flap of books and the web.
  • To learn more about Reyna Grande’s life and work visit
  • Publicize the event through the school newsletter.
  • Use social media! You can do Twitter chats and encourage students to post questions and thoughts about the book.


The celebration begins! Enjoy the visit.


  • Set opportunities and time for students to reflect, write, read, and create inspired by the event.
  • Write a class letter and send it to the author. (Students can write to Reyna at
  • Encourage your students to write a book review of one of Reyna’s books and post it on
  • Organize students to read, nominate, and vote for Reyna’s books for your state reading award. You can find a complete list of link to the state awards at




  • Chico State University, Chico, CA
  • Butte College, CA
  • Long Beach City College, CA
  • The Overlake School, Redmond, WA
  • Anne Arundel Community College, MD
  • UC Santa Cruz, CA
  • Norco College, Norco, CA
  • Wheaton High School, MD
  • Saint Joseph’s High School, CA
  • Villanova University, PA
  • Southwestern College, Winfield, KS
  • Washburn University, Topeka, KS
  • Cerritos College, CA
  • Topeka High School, KS
  • St. Joseph’s High School, CA
  • Cal State University Channel Islands, CA
  • Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA
  • Mount San Jacinto College, CA
  • Washington & Lee University, VA
  • UC, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Santa Barbara City College, CA
  • Los Angeles City College, CA
  • Manhattanville College, NY
  • Baylor University, TX
  • Wenatchee Valley College, WA
  • San Diego City College, CA
  • Einstein High School, MD
  • High Point High School, MD



  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO
  • San Juan College, Farmington, NM
  • University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
  • Goshen College, Goshen, IN
  • Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA
  • Rolling Meadows High School, Rolling Meadows IL
  • Park City High School, Park City, UT
  • Boonsboro High School, Boonsboro, MD
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County, MD
  • Worwic Community College, Salisbury, MD
  • Montgomery College, Georgetown, MD
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles, CA
  • Port of L.A High School, San Pedro, CA
  • California State University, Los Angeles, CA
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA
  • Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Monroe County Community College, Monroe, MI
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Township High School, District 214, Arlington Heights, IL
  • Morton East High School, Cicero, IL
  • Merritt College, Oakland, CA
  • De Anza College, San Jose, CA
  • Gavilan College, Gilroy, CA
  • Monte Vista High School, Watsonville, CA
  • Ramona Convent Secondary School, Alhambra, CA
  • UTSA, San Antonio, TX
  • UC, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Santa Rosa Community College, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Tulsa Community College, Tulsa, OK
  • Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
  • Miracosta College, Oceanside, CA
  • UW-Tacoma, Tacoma, WA


  • Petaluma High School, Petaluma, CA
  • Casa Grande High School, Petaluma, CA
  • Adele Harrison Middle School, Sonoma, CA
  • Port of L.A High School, San Pedro, CA
  • Bakersfield College, Delano, Ca
  • South Hills High School, Fort Worth, TX
  • Palo Alto College, San Antonio, TX
  • Owensboro Community College, Owensboro, KY
  • Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA
  • Cal State University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
  • Cal State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
  • UC, Riverside, Riverside, CA
  • De Anza College, Cupertino, CA


  • Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA
  • Port of Los Angeles High Schools, San Pedro, CA
  • La Serna High School, Whittier, CA
  • University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA
  • Palo Alto College, San Antonio, TX
  • UTSA, San Antonio, TX
  • UNAM, San Antonio, TX
  • South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, WA
  • MCC-Penn Valley, Kansas City, MO
  • Tarrant County Community College, Fort Worth, TX
  • Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
  • Miami Dade College, Miami, CA
  • Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA


  • University of West Georgia, Carollton, GA
  • Marymount University, Arlington, VA
  • Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
  • Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA
  • University of Oregon-Eugene, OR
  • Central Oregon Community College, Bend, OR
  • Redmond High School, OR
  • Port of Los Angeles High School, San Pedro, CA


  • Renaissance High School, Watsonville, CA
  • Pajaro Valley High School, Watsonville, CA
  • Watsonville High School, Watsonville, CA
  • Central Oregon Community College, Bend, OR
  • Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA
  • Oxnard Community College, Oxnard, CA
  • Sacred Heart High School, Los Angeles, CA
  • Taft College, Taft, CA
  • Chaparral High School, Temecula, CA
  • Alhambra High School, Alhambra, CA
  • Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
  • Girls Middle School, Mountain View, CA


  • Mount San Antonio College, Pomona, CA
  • Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA
  • Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI
  • Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA
  • Compton High School, Compton CA
  • Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA


  • Lennox Middle School, Lennox, CA
  • Jefferson Middle School, San Gabriel, CA
  • Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica, CA
  • Watsonville High School, Watsonville, CA
  • Santa Cruz High School, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Gabrielino High School, San Gabriel, CA
  • MissionHigh School, San Fernando, CA
  • Manteca High School, Manteca, CA
  • Del Mar High School, San Gabriel, CA
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Hartnell College, Salinas, CA
  • TaftCollege, Taft, CA
  • Miracosta College, Oceanside, CA
  • Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI
  • Evergreen Valley College, San Jose, CA


  • Fremont High School, Los Angeles, CA
  • New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA
  • Santa Cruz High School, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
  • Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA
  • National Hispanic University, San Jose, CA
  • Norwich Free Academy, Norwich, CT
  • Bolton High School, Bolton, CT
  • Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT
  • Glendale Community College, Glendale, CA



The school visit information was provided by author Yuyi Morales.

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