Kate McMullan

award-winning author

New York City, NY USA

Kate McMullan

I write picture books, beginning readers, and chapter books, and usually speak in 3 large-group assemblies during a school day: a 45-minute presentation for K - 1, 55-minute presentations for grades 2 - 3, and 4 - 5/6, and I enjoy having an Authors' Lunch with students. The more familiar students are with my books, the more they'll get out of the visit. You can find a list of my presentations as well as book-related activities on my website.

Year(s) of participation: 2017

A4ED school visit photos & blurbs:

2017 at WASHINGTON SCHOOL, in Washington Township, NJ and MCLEAN SIXTH GRADE in Ft. Worth, TX USA


The kids were so happy that the Vaquita Porpoise won their
donation. They are living up to their motto to MAKE EVERY DAY

I began my presentations with a Power Point showing some of the terrific signs I'd seen at the March for Science in Washington DC. The one that seemed to resonate most for the students was: THERE IS NO PLANET B. The kids offered their own idea for a sign: MAKE EVERY DAY

My MARCH FOR SCIENCE sign, suggested by
students and lovingly painted in watercolor by
my artist husband, didn't survive long in the
rainy D.C. weather!

It was heartening to hear how much the students had learned from researching the five conservation organizations on their A4ED ballots. They told me about futuristic directions in science, the plight of bats and whales and why the world's rain forests are so vitally important. In the end, the kids voted for our donation to go to VIVA VAQUITA!. This organization is working to save one of the world's most endangered species, the little Vaquita Porpoise, which currently has only 28 remaining individuals. The Washington School students are hoping that their donation can help to get those numbers climbing!

Thank you, librarian Lisa Breen for preparing the students so beautifully, and thank you Washington School PTO and faculty for your support in making my first A4ED visit such a memorable one for us all.


Thanks to an inspirational principal, Laura Armstrong, a talented Reading Specialist, Angela De Salvo, fantastic teachers, and 520 eager and well-prepared sixth graders, my A4ED visit to McLean 6th Grade couldn't have been more perfect. Right off the bat, they made me feel welcome.

My day began with a tour of the school conducted by the Student Council so that I could admire all the Earth Day posters the students created to promote their favorite conservation organizations.

When the votes were tallied, I announced over the school's PA system that the winner of a portion of my honorarium was — Ocean Conservancy.

I gave my presentation on Myth-o-Mania, a series of books retelling some Greek myths with Hades as the narrator, and the students and I discussed the ancient Greek concept of Gaia, Mother Earth, and how thousands of years ago people were concerned about taking care of our planet, just as we are now. Back in the day, I taught sixth grade and it was so cool to spend time in a school devoted specifically to the education of sixth graders!