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Harriet's Horrible Hair Day

Harriet's Horrible Hair Day



Dawn enjoys sharing her writing experiences

A visit with Dawn will inspire students to read and explore their creativity through writing and illustration. Dawn has spoken at schools, book fairs, bookstores and conferences for both adults and children. Her programs are tailored to each audience for maximum benefit.

Fee Schedule

School Visits

$300 per class (up to 70 students in a class)
Each presentation lasts about 45 minutes.
Do not mix grades. For example: One Class = 70 2nd Grade Students.

How a Picture Book is Made: Idea to Finished Book

During the first part of the presentation, Dawn discusses how the idea for Harriet's Horrible Hair Day evolved, the rewriting needed to polish the manuscript, working with an illustrator and publisher to produce a picture book. She emphasizes the importance of having a dream and reaching forward to achieve it. The second part of the presentation is a question and answer period. If requested, Dawn will also read her book to the class. Presentations are age-level specific.

There is no travel cost if the school is within local driving distance (this includes Central and Eastern Massachusetts, Northern Rhode Island and Southern New Hampshire). Outside the local area, there is a mileage fee for travel.

Dawn is always happy to autograph books. This can be arranged a variety of ways.

Read more about preparing for Dawn's visit to your school.

 View a sample schedule.


Bookstore Visits

Free. Please inquire (there could be travel limitations).

Bookstore visits typically include a storytelling time featuring Harriet's Horrible Hair Day. Dawn is happy to read other books as well. Bookstores have often presented a craft activity for the children after the reading. If you wish, Dawn can provide coloring sheets featuring Harriet's Horrible Hair Day characters -- all you need are the crayons!


Public Library Visits

Library visits typically include a storytelling time featuring Harriet's Horrible Hair Day. Dawn is happy to read other books as well. Free within local traveling distance (most of Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island and New Hampshire). Outside the local area, there is a fee for cost of travel.  

See Conference Presentations (below) if the library would like Dawn to speak about writing to adults or children. The cost is $300 for a 45-minute presentation.


Conference Presentations

A presentation can be customized to your needs. For example, Dawn spoke at the Massachusetts Reading Association for events titled The Anatomy of a Picture Book and The Book Within Us: How to Get Published. She spoke at Lesley University outlining the conception of a book from start to finish in How to Write for Children: Ideas to Print, and has addressed writers’ groups about how to submit material to publishers and What Happens After a Book is Published: Marketing & Promotion. Fees vary depending upon the size of the audience and venue.

The Anatomy of a Picture Book
Learn what goes into creating a great picture book.

How to Write for Children: Ideas to Print
Basics of writing for children: where ideas come from, writing the manuscript and submitting it to publishers.

The Book Within Us: How to Get Published
You've written a great and where will you publish it? Explores the various avenues open to writers in the publishing world.

What Happens After a Book is Published: Marketing & Promotion
The book is in print! Presents ideas for self-promotion and marketing.



Half the payment is due before the event. The other half is payable on the day of the presentation.


Here are what teachers and facilitators say:

Thank you for sharing your writing experiences with our students. Everyone was so excited about your visit! I spoke with several of the teachers afterward, and they felt your book talk was extremely beneficial and educational for the students -- especially to learn "first hand" how difficult it can be to write, illustrate, publish a book with all the time and effort involved.
Tina Callanan
Chair, Student Enrichment
Blessed Sacrament School
Walpole, Massachusetts

The students are thoroughly enjoying your book! I used it as my main book for the first week of school. We did interactive writing about it, made a list of all the words you used instead of using "said" all the time. It's a favorite choice at independent reading time!
Carole Doyle
Teacher, 2nd Grade
Stone Mountain Elementary School
Stone Mountain, Georgia

Our fifth-grade students loved hearing you talk about being an author. It's especially interesting to learn what happens "behind the scenes" of having a book published. The children are talking about writing during the summer.  What a great way to end our school year!
Kathy Balcom
Teacher, Study Skills/Writing Enrichment
Fred W. Miller Elementary School
Holliston, Massachusetts

Books by Dawn Lesley Stewart

Harriet's Horrible Hair DayMist-Seer300-Plus Quilting Tips, Tricks & Techniques
The Quilt Guild Companion101 Quilt Challenge Projects & Inspirations

Copyright 2000 Dawn Lesley Stewart