Joan Sandin author/illustrator/translator

Great school visit with fourth graders and ELD students at HOLAWAY ES in Tucson, and pre-K through third grade at OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE ACADEMY, in Queen Creek

A wonderful full day school visit in Tucson at
Thanks to everyone who made it so much fun.

"Joan, you were a great author visit! All of your books are checked out right now. The kids really enjoyed your talks and are excited about your books!"

Jessica Feldman
Agua Caliente Elementary

"On Arizona's 100th birthday Joan Sandin, a children's book author, came to our cool Borton library. Joan shared with us her latest book Celebrate Arizona! Joan Sandin also wrote a book called Coyote School News. I love that book. It is magical. Coyote School News is about a one-room school and how the kids help each other write articles for a newspaper. I am so glad Joan Sandin came to our school. She inspired us to start our own class newspaper."

AJ West, Grade 4,
Borton School, Tucson Arizona

"Joan's visit to our school was wonderful. It was fantastic that all third and fourth graders got a chance to meet Joan and listen to what she has to do to write books. The 4th grade teachers were specially grateful for all the information she shared about the history of Arizona. Having Joan speak and read to our children was indeed a treat!!!!"

Esther Witt
Lightning Room, Borton School

SWEET! On a school visit to Pueblo del Sol Elementary School (Sierra Vista, AZ) I was surprised with this wonderful (and delicious) Coyote News cake! Thank you, PDS!


I also enjoy giving presentations or talks for teachers, librarians, parents, and other adult audiences.


If you would like books available for sale the day of my visit, please ask me about arranging a pre-sale.
And of course I will donate several signed books to your school's library.


At the present time I am only taking bookings for visits and events in the Tucson area.

My school presentations work best with small groups (maximum 3-4 classes) of students in grades K-5. (My kinder session is 15 - 20 minutes) My presentations include Power Point slides. I ask the school to provide a working (!) computer, projector and (ideally) a remote.
I normally do not do large assembly-type presentations for children.

My school presentations compliment units in history, Arizona history, immigration, geography, social studies, reading, writing and art.

I usually work the full school day, a maximum of four sessions. I will do shorter days for Tucson schools, or for two same-area schools sharing a day.

CELEBRATE ARIZONA! (30-55 minutes)

A slide presentation showing the inspiration for this book set in 1912, the year Arizona became a state

For this presentation, I talk about why I wanted to do this book, and how I did the research - for both the story and illustrations. I talk about why I chose to write in rhyme, and why the layout looks a bit like a graphic novel.

I show original research materials, sketches, "dummies", edited manuscripts, and final illustrations (including the patched over mistakes!) to illustrate the whole process.

There are possibilities for student participation. How about reading the verses out loud and/or singing Happy Birthday to Arizona? Teachers and librarians are welcome to come with ideas!

In a class-size group, students are free to pass around the original materials.
Time is allowed for Q & A.


Using one of my books as an example, I talk about where I got the idea for the story, and how I did the research and illustrations.
I show original research materials, sketches, "dummies", final illustrations, edited manuscripts, color proofs, press sheets and translations to illustrate the whole process.

In a class-size group, students are free to pass around the original materials.
Time is allowed for Q & A.

IMMIGRATION (40-55 minutes)

A good presentation for learning about our country's immigration history

Using these three books about Carl Erik and his family who emigrate from Sweden in 1868, I talk about the reasons people emigrate, about what they take with them, what they leave behind, and what happens to them after they get to their new country.

To illustrate what Historical Fiction is I share some of the actual immigrant letters, journals, and pictures I found while researching this series, and show how I used them in my stories.
I talk about what is real and what is made-up in my books.

I ask the students to imagine they are emigrants - how they would feel leaving their own country, and what they would take with them if they could only take one thing.
Time is allowed for Q & A

COYOTE SCHOOL NEWS (40-55 minutes)

This is a slide presentation of the "story behind the story".

I talk about, and show pictures of, the real people and places that inspired Coyote School News, about finding the historic school newspaper Little Cowpuncher, and about creating the Little Cowpuncher website.

I read selected passages from the book and show illustrations, pointing out the historic details and local color of Southern Arizona ranch and school life in the 1930's - everything from the school outhouse to the rodeo parade trophy!

Time is allowed for Q & A.