Currently booking April 2020
Select Upcoming Events:
September 17: “#StrongGirls=Empowerment and Activism” PEN/Brooklyn Book Festival, Langston Hughes House, NYC
Sept 21: Oklahoma Book Festival, OKC, OK
October 10-13: International Literacy Conference, New Orleans, LA
October 19: Rutgers One-On-One Conference, NJ
November 2: NerdcampLI, Long Island, NY
November 16: Walking on Water, The Madeleine L’Engle Conference, NY, NY
November 21-24: NCTE Conference, Baltimore, MD
Feb 1, 2020: African American Children’s Book Fair, Philadelphia, PA
April 17, 2020: Truman State University Children's Literature Festival, Kirksville, MO
“Welcoming and approachable, Olugbemisola engaged our students in thoughtful discussion about her most recent work. Readers and future authors alike eagerly inquired about her work and her writing process. Not only did she “hook” our students during her presentation, but students left our library requesting copies of 8th Grade Superzero; the copies continue to be in constant circulation to this day. Her visit was a real treat for all.”
-Susan, Brooklyn New School/Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies Librarian
“The girls (and I) truly enjoyed your visit, discussion and activities. They have made probably 3 or 4 more little books and are constantly writing in them! Thank you again.”
-Marybeth, LitWorld 3rd Grade Girls Club
“You are amazing. You give me so much hope for the future of children’s literature. Thank you for making it about the readers. I trust that you will continue to hold them dear. It blows my mind that you can put on a set of headphones, sit down in front of your computer, and touch the lives of 10 year old’s a 1,000 miles away. What an amazing world we live in. Thank you!”
-Mr. Sharp, 4th Grade Teacher
“On behalf of the…6th Grade team, I want to thank you for helping our students gain a deeper understanding of the writing process. We were excited to see how many students were interested in asking questions about your own experiences. Getting to hear from a published author who also demonstrated great public speaking skills also served as a model for them when presenting their own work; it made our “Personal Narrative Celebration” in the afternoon extra special!”
-Laura, 6th Grade Teacher
I love hanging out with writers, educators and book lovers of all ages. As a visiting artist, with many years of experience in schools, classrooms, community-based organizations, and home education settings, I look for ways to support and enhance what’s already being done, and what writers already know, and offer tools and inspiration to encourage independent, joyful teaching and learning long after my visit has ended.
I’m especially interested in online writing workshops and residencies (usually via Skype.) I’m also available for Skype presentations and/or Q&As with groups and classes. I do free 20-minute Skype Q&As with groups or classes that have read one of my books.
(Thinking about programs for young activists? Read what the Albany-Times Union had to say about SUPERZERO and Mitali Perkins’ wonderful BAMBOO PEOPLE in this article by GRINGOLANDIA author Lyn Miller-Lachman.) And my interview with the Oklahoman about Clara Luper, the subject of my picture book, SOMEDAY IS NOW.
Currently booking for November 2019 and April 2020
I am also available in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CONN) for extended residencies or workshops, including digital writing workshops, and will design custom writing workshops and programs (essay, realistic fiction, genre fiction, memoir, etc.) that complement K-12 classroom work and promote critical and creative thinking skills. I have years of experience in early childhood classrooms and can conduct reading and writing workshops using classic and current picture books, songs, and other activities to engage even the youngest children.
For school visits, signings, and related matters, please use the form on my Contact page, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much — hope to meet you soon!