School Visits and Presentations

School Visits

“I was an elementary teacher for ten years and love spending a day at school with students!”

Dawn Marie Hooks is a certified teacher and customizes her visits for the specific needs of the school and curriculum.  After reading one of her books, Dawn shares with students how she turns her ideas into books.  She brings samples of rough drafts, revisions, original sketches, and artwork.  She loves motivating students to put their ideas on paper!  For details, see School Visit Information.



Dawn speaks to children, parent groups, and teachers, designing each presentation to meet the needs of the group.  She can cover different aspects of writing and illustrating — story ideas, characters, setting, the writing process, fiction, non-fiction, teaching with picture books, etc.  She can present on topics from her books  such as adoption, family, grief and loss, the five senses, or blindness.   Please contact Dawn for requests to present.

MOMS group presentation

MOMS group presentation

classroom visit

school visit

Some of Dawn’s speaking engagements:

April 24th-25th, 2017  Firm Foundation Christian School, K-5th grade, Battle Ground, WA

March 25th, 2017  Riverview Elementary School, Vancouver, WA

March 13th, 2017 Creative writing, middle school

December 3rd, 2016 Guest author/illustrator, Barnes & Noble Bookfair, Vancouver, WA

November 2nd, 2016 Nonfiction books and creative writing, 6th & 7th grade

October 26th, 2016  Picture books and creative writing, 6th & 7th grade

April 18th, 2016 Guest artist at the ACSI Art Fair

April 14th, 2016  Author/Illustrator visit at Hockinson Elementary, 2nd grade

February 10 & 17th, 2016 Creative writing class, 8th grade

January 14, 2016 The writing process, 3rd grade

October 14 & 24th, 2015  Creative writing class, 8th grade

October 7, 2015  “All About Books” presentation, MOMS group

May 22, 2015 School Author/Illustrator presentation, K-5th grade

May 15, 2015 Author/Illustrator visit at Firm Foundation Christian School, K-5th grade, Battleground, WA

January 14, 2015 Adoption group panel, MOMS group

May 7, 2014 Grief presentation, single parents’ group

May 6, 2014  Grief presentation, MOMS group, New Heights East,

April 16, 2014 MOMS group, New Heights Main, Vancouver WA

March 26, 2014 K-5th school visit, Battleground, WA

March 8, 2014 Author Read-aloud, Event at Little Cups & GrownUps Play Café  Click to read an article about this event.

February 20, 2014 K-3rd grade school visit, Riverview Elementary School, Vancouver, WA