Making Spirits Bright,
One Book at a Time!

School Visits

Maria Dismondy is available for library, school and educational presentations as well as book readings and signings. 


Interested? See the video Below of Maria in action!


School Programs

All programs (with the exception of a kindergarten-only program) are 50 minutes.



Character is Key

GRADES K, K-2, 1-2 and 3-5


Character education is needed to instill important values such as integrity, empathy, forgiveness, responsibility and respect. Good character is taught by teaching, modeling and practice. It is not automatic. Character education is especially important in today’s society since our children are faced with so many challenges that were unknown to earlier generations. Author Maria Dismondy has developed age appropriate programs for grades K-5. The assemblies will educate children through a series of engaging interactions and uses children’s literature as a foundation to the teachings


New! Change Your Words, Change Your Mindset!

GRADES K, K-2, 1-2 AND 3-5


In this new assembly, children will learn what it means to have a growth mindset. They will explore the power of their words and thoughts. Through interactive demonstrations and connections to Maria's children's books, children will leave the assembly with actionable steps they can take to make a difference in their day.


Character Is Key: Digging Deeper



In this program, Maria teaches children practical lessons on Empathy, Kindness and Friendship. Research shows that by increasing important traits like empathy, we will see a decrease in aggressive behaviors.


Literacy Program

Grades K, K-2, 1-2, 3-5 or K-5


In these sessions, children learn how an idea can grow from a real life experience, and how these ideas can then become writing pieces. This workshop includes the building blocks of writing traits and reading connections.


Writer's Workshop

GRADE level groupings


In these small group sessions, Maria works with one grade level. Provided with grade level writing standards ahead of time, Maria designs a program to reinforce the objectives you are working on in the classroom. A majority of this small group workshop is making connections between Maria's writing strategies and what the children are working on together. 


Finding the Joy in Writing

Middle School Program


This session will focus on engaging and exciting students about meaningful writing activities. Researchers report that students tend to put more effort into their writing if they take pride and ownership in their individuality. Sharing her journey in becoming a published author, Maria will work to foster confidence in students as writers. Participants will learn more about leads, plot, and character development in this program.


Bullying Programs

Grades K, K-2, 1-2 and 3-5 


This program introduces children to strategies they can use when faced with teasing and bullying. Through role playing and crowd participation, the lessons learned in this session are sure to stick with children!



Family Literacy Night

All school Program plus parents


Maria is available to present to students and families Grades K-6 with a literacy focus. The program is 45 minutes long in the evening with a book signing as well. Pricing available in the Program Guide.

Virtual Visits



Meet Maria Over the Internet

The new trend in author visits


Virtual visits are the new trend in school assemblies. While it’s not as fun as having Maria visit you in person, it can be a lot more feasible financially for schools located outside of Michigan. Maria presents an assembly to students grades K-5 program on being an author and bullying. 


Downloads: Virtual Visit Details & Fee Flyer



Classrooms Can Meet Maria via Video

A reading by Maria


Purchase a set of books for your class and you can have a Virtual Visit with Maria! The 30-minute session will include a reading of one of her books along with a Q&A period. 


Downloads: Classroom Skype Session Details

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