A visit to your school or library is a memorable event for students, staff and those interested in the making of a children’s book from an artist’s perspective.  I really enjoy meeting students and staff and look forward to sharing my love of illustration with you!

 With each presentation, I reveal some of the interesting and unusual steps taken to create the artwork for my books.  It all begins with the story and I stress how important the written story is to the illustrator.  I share many of my original works, from drawings I did when I was a boy, to my recent paintings created to enhance the stories of some of America’s most popular children’s book authors.

We laugh, we learn and we get excited about books!  Students come away with a better understanding and with a renewed confidence, they’re eager to get started on their own story creations.


My first School Visit was to an Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas in 1986. I was twenty nine years old and not used to speaking to large groups. I was quite nervous, wondering what ideas to share, what words to say, and thinking, ‘What have I gotten myself into this time?’ That day arrived and, during a break, a sign hanging near the sink in the teachers’ lounge caught my attention. It was a hand washing reminder, stating: ‘YOUR HANDS TOUCH MANY LIVES’. That phrase stuck in my mind. For me, the words on that sign meant something more that day. Since then, I have visited schools and libraries to share my artwork with thousands of children through humor, creativity and the magic that illustration brings to a story.
My hands do indeed touch many lives . . . through the pages of a children’s book!
— Tim