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Author Visits!


Tracy’s favorite way to share the messages expressed in her children's books is through Author Visits to the classroom. Her background as a special education teacher, counselor, and mentor, combined with her passion for sharing her stories and their messages make for a fun and engaging experience. Tracy teaches students important lessons, cleverly delivered in the pages of her children's books and offers tools for teachers to explore social emotional learning in their classrooms.

More about Author Visits with Tracy

Her classroom visits typically last 30 minutes and are geared for students Pre-K to 3rd grade. She reads her book and discusses the importance of the message and how it applies to the individual students as well as to those around them. She also discusses the process of writing a children’s book and answers any questions that the students and teachers may have.


By bringing an author to your school, you will make a powerful connection between your students and the written word, and help bring books to life for them. Not only do author visits offer a fun break from the classroom routine, they also introduce students to the processes of writing, developing characters, and expressing one’s creativity.

“Thank you so much for coming in and reading to my students. They love the books!”- Sara, Kindergarten teacher at Mullanphy ILC Elementary School, St. Louis MO


“Thank you for coming to our class to share your book Eden and Her Happy. I liked how you showed her emotions on her. I learned that you do a lot of editing before you publish your book. Thank you for coming to our class.” – George, student at Christ Community Lutheran School, St. Louis MO


“Thank you for reading us Henry and His Manners. My favorite part was when he found his manners. You are one of my most favorite authors ever.” – Sydney, student at St. Dominic School, Quincy IL


“Thank you for visiting our classroom. Your message is exactly what our kids needed to hear.” – Penni, 3rd grade teacher at Washington School, Quincy IL


What teachers and students are saying:
Tracy currently offers the following programs:
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The Journey of Emotion Belly Books

Tracy will take students on a journey through her book series. She will explain how original thought becomes a final product. She will share the story behind the stories and reveal author secrets. Students will learn:

  1. How to take a thought and create a story.

  2. Why their personal thoughts and experiences matter.

  3. Why the written word is so important.

Program is geared for 3rd grade and up.

 --- #creativewritingmatters ---

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My Emotional Belly

Tracy will review emotions and allow students to share what their happy, silly, sad, mad, frustrated, scared, and normal: feels, tastes, smells, looks, and sounds like. Tracy will read My Emotional Belly and discuss the purpose of the pages. Students will learn:

  1. To better understand their emotions.

  2. To identify different emotions. 

  3. That emotions come and go.

  4. That their happy never leaves them, it just gets buried under their other emotions. 

Program is geared for Pre-K to 2nd grade.


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Henry and His Manners


Tracy will discuss the definition of manners and why they matter. She will stress that manners is as much about how you treat yourself as how you treat others. Tracy will read the story of Henry and discuss the shifting of emotions with Henry’s lack of manners. Students will learn:

  1. How Manners affect emotions.

  2. How Manners affect the emotions of those around us.

  3. That no one is bad. They just need to remember their manners.

Program is geared for Pre-K to 2nd grade.

 - #talkingaboutdeathmatters -

Eden and Her Joy


Special program for classrooms that have experienced the death of someone close to them; a child in the class has experienced the death of a family member or friend, or the death of someone in the school. Tracy will share the personal loss of her father at age six and read the story of Joy. She will stress her message, “Love Lasts Forever”. Students will learn:

  1. It is ok to talk about death.

  2. How to help a friend who has experienced the death of someone they love.

  3. How to stay connected with their hearts to people who have died.

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Emotion Belly Yoga


Students will move through creative yoga poses and explore the benefits of yoga through movements, stretching, breathing, yoga games, stories, and much more. Students will learn:

  1. Breathing techniques.

  2. Yoga poses.

  3. How to take breath and yoga breaks throughout the day while seated at their desk.

Program appropriate for students of all levels. It may be taught in a one-time visit or weekly for four consecutive sessions.

Tracy will cater her presentation to your needs. She offers whole school assemblies and individual classroom visits. Tracy also brings her Goldendoodle Ripley upon request. Ripley is truly the star of the show!


She requests permission to sell her books via order forms sent home to parents. Book sponsorships are encouraged.


Call Tracy at 217-316-1717 or


to discuss fees and schedule an author visit to your school TODAY!

Click below, on Ripley's face, to
download tools 
for your author
visit with Tracy: 

2015- 1st Place

Picture Books 5 & Younger

Eden and Her Happy


All Emotion Belly Books are Story Monsters Approved

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Author Visits

Ripley Wonders About Books

Tracy will present an unforgettable reading with Ripley the Wonder Dog! We all know that the best gift we can give to children is a love of reading and writing! Tracy will bring her Goldendoodle Ripley into your classroom for an interactive look at what we can learn from books and ways we can be inspired to create! 

Students will learn:


        1. To use their Wonder.

        2. Why reading and writing matter.

        3. How to create their own stories.

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