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Shark Vs. Train launch party at BookPeople in Austin, Texas, April 24, 2010. Photos courtesy of
Courtney Havenwood.

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I love getting to meet young readers — and older readers, too! I'm available for:

To schedule a visit or to get more information about programs, fees, etc., please contact me. If your event or school district needs multiple authors, you can make your budget go further by booking both me and my wife, Jennifer Ziegler (How Not to Be Popular) -- ask me for details!

I currently offer several presentations, including:


"We were so fortunate to have Chris speak at the 44th Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival! Chris was an entertaining and engaging speaker who kept the crowd of librarians, teachers, educators, and writers interested during both the informational parts of his presentation and the fun parts, too. He was flexible and dynamic and both festival organizers and attendees would highly recommend him for your next speaking engagement!" -- Karen Rowell, The University of Southern Mississippi

"The participants were uniformly enthusiastic about their workshop experience with Chris. ... From an administrative point of view, Chris was also a total pleasure to work with. He was responsive, flexible, gracious and thoroughly professional." -- Emma Walton Hamilton, Director, Southampton Children's Literature Conference

"You have a fantastic and natural repertoire with kids and had them engaged throughout the presentation. ... I would definitely recommend you to other librarians and/or schools looking for an author visit!" -- Rachel Salvaggio, Teen Services Librarian, Austin Public Library

"One of the most inspiring moments was when Chris explained that writing children's books was not his original goal as an author -- he stumbled across an obituary of Bob Switzer and was inspired to write about him. What a wonderful way to answer the question, 'Why is writing important?' So we can remember those who inspire us and their life stories." -- Cindy Modrall, Language Arts Teacher, Leander ISD

"Chris gave an outstanding presentation to Austin SCBWI. He motivated everyone in the crowd to go home and write picture book biographies, and the bibliography he provided was outstanding. I highly recommend him as a speaker for any type of children's literature event." -- Tim Crow, Former Regional Advisor, Austin Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

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