Author Visits

Welcome and get ready to jump on board the train and begin the author visit journey! This untold story can now be brought to life at your school or organization with a lively visit from the author! Check out the map and itinerary of the 1947 Freedom Train route. How exciting would it be for you to book an author visit on the exact date the Freedom Train came to your city, town or state years ago? History could be relived on that day! Otherwise, we can fit into your schedule any time of the year and figure out how many years, months, and days ago the 1947 Freedom Train visited where you live!

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Author Visit Information

The audience for an Author Visit is Kindergarten through 5th Grade students.

To schedule an Author Visit:
Please contact Kathy Maggart by phone: (334-614-2089)
Or email: kathymaggart@freedomtrainforkids.com.

Author Visit Fee: $75 Per Session


Public and Private Education

PROGRAM 1
(30-Minute Session, $75)
Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade Students

After opening with a fun, musical Power Point to introduce the story, the author will show the book and take an engaging picture walk through this beautifully illustrated story and answer questions about this amazing journey of The1947 Freedom Train. She will also talk about how she became an author and show some objects from this adventure and answer questions.

Written in Historical Fiction, children will leave excited to hear the entire story in a classroom setting with a teacher’s plan to read a few wonderful pages each day! After learning about this train’s journey, children will begin to build a strong foundation of patriotism, respect for all our military heroes and appreciation of our great freedoms. ALL ABOARD!

PROGRAM 2
(45-Minute Session, $75)
3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Students
Author Visit Day Guidelines

  1. Up to 6 sessions can be scheduled in one day. When possible, please schedule presentations in back to back intervals with 5-10 minutes in between.
  2. Presentations can be scheduled in the morning and afternoon to meet the needs of your school.
  3. For 3rd-5th grade students, groups can be separated by grades or grades can be combined. Different sized groups can be formed to meet the needs of your school. I recommend not combining K-2nd grade students, but having each of these grades meet with the author separately.
  4. If needing to form large groups, Kathy Maggart recommends students in groups of about 150 when illustrations can be projected onto a screen. The illustrations are on a flash drive for these larger group audiences.
  5. The author will sign books at the school after all presentations for the day, and the school can then disperse them to classrooms. If the school’s time schedule allows, books can be signed in-between sessions.
  6. Please download the Pre-Order Form to send home with your K-5th grade students. All books will be autographed! Please send home 2 weeks prior to Author Visit with students. (Book Pre-Order Form)
  7. Please have Event Coordinator confirm number of books ordered the day before Author Visit by phone or email.
  8. When book shipping is involved, Pre-Order Forms need to be confirmed with Kathy Maggart 4 weeks prior to the Author Visit so books will arrive at the event prior to scheduled Author Visit date. Orders are welcome after the initial order and shipment, and will be shipped after the visit.

Author Needs on Day of School Visit

  1. A (White screen, white wall or Smartboard) to project onto, a computer to plug in a flash drive and a projector to plug into.
  2. Extra AV cart, small table or nearby bookshelf to set up my wireless mic.
  3. Someone present to help set up the technology and someone available in each session to assist if technical issue occurs.

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Homeschool Community/Community Organizations

PROGRAM 1
(30-Minute Session, $75)
Kindergarten, 1ST & 2nd Grade Students

 After opening with a fun, musical Power Point to introduce the story, the author will show the book and take an engaging picture walk through this beautifully illustrated story and answer questions about this amazing journey of The1947 Freedom Train. She will also talk about how she became an author and show some objects from this adventure and answer questions.

Written in Historical Fiction, children will leave excited to hear the entire story in a classroom setting with a teacher’s plan to read a few wonderful pages each day! After learning about this train’s journey, children will begin to build a strong foundation of patriotism, respect for all our military heroes and appreciation of our great freedoms. ALL ABOARD!

PROGRAM 2
(45-Minute Session, $75)
3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Students

After opening with a fun, musical Power Point to introduce the story, the author will read this exciting story aloud showing the beautiful illustrations. Following this, she will answer questions about this train’s amazing journey and also talk about how she became an author, showing some objects from this adventure and answer questions.

Children are naturally fascinated with trains! They will learn that people waited in long lines for up to 6 hours in all kinds of inclement weather, with no devices or Internet… to view our national treasures aboard this red, white and blue train. Their curiosity will be piqued and forever impacted to learn about our country’s history and its importance in their lives through this innovatively written story.

This story focuses on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights that were aboard this magnificent train. A strong foundation of patriotism, respect for all our military heroes and appreciation of our great freedoms will begin to build in the minds and hearts of students. ALL ABOARD!

 Author Visit Day Guidelines:

  1. Presentations can be scheduled in the morning and afternoon to meet the needs of your homeschool community or community organization.
  2. If needing to form large groups, Kathy Maggart recommends students in groups of about 150 when illustrations can be projected onto a screen. The illustrations are on a flash drive for these larger group audiences.
  3. The author will sign books in-between or after all presentations on the day of visit.
  4. Please download the Pre-Order Form for your K-5th grade students. All books will be autographed! (Book Pre-Order Form)
  5. Please have Event Coordinator confirm number of books ordered the day before Author Visit by phone or email.
  6. Please bring Pre-Order forms to the Author Visit.
  7. When book shipping is involved, Pre-Order Forms need to be confirmed with Kathy Maggart 4 weeks prior to the Author Visit so books will arrive at the event prior to scheduled Author Visit date. Orders are welcome after the initial order and shipment, and will be shipped after the visit.

Author Needs on Day of Visit

  1. A (White screen, white wall or Smartboard) to project onto, a computer to plug in a flash drive and a projector to plug into if watching the opening Power Point or projecting the illustrations onto a screen.
  2. Extra AV cart, small table or nearby bookshelf to set up my wireless mic.
  3.  Someone present to help set up the technology and someone available in each session to assist if technical issue occurs.

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Skype Visit Option

1. Please read information above under Guidelines for Author Visit and On the Day of the Visit for cost and details.

2. Person in charge of the coordinating the Skype can contact Kathy Maggart by phone or email to plan the details.

3. The number of Pre-order Forms for autographed copies needs to be received 4 weeks prior to the Author Visit so that books can arrive to the school prior to Skype Author Visit. Orders are welcome after the initial order and shipment, and will be shipped after the visit.

 

 

 

Author Travel Expense

  1. All expenses will be covered by the author for schools and organizations within a one-hour travel distance from the author’s home in Phenix City, Alabama.
  2. All expenses (Air fare, car rental, car gas, hotel) will be covered by schools or organizations with more than an hour travel distance for all that apply.

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Honoring Our Military 365 Days a Year

We truly believe that thanking and honoring our military is a 365-day a year opportunity. Another idea for an Author Visit would be to connect with any of these military holidays or observances linked below to help students understand the many ways to thank and honor our military year-round!

 

 

Click to View a List of Military Holidays and Observances!

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Reviews from Kids:

 


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“Kathy Maggart, co-author of ‘The 1947 Freedom Train’ lets the words from her new book retell an old, almost forgotten story. The story of the journey that our nation’s most precious documents traveled in late 1947. The clever characters, so beautifully depicted in this book, are inspired by their grandfather to build their own Freedom Train and retell the story to others. The innocent beauty of the characters in this story has many learning precious lessons of freedom and American pride. This book has beautiful illustrations that capture the heart of all who read it. It’s a great read­-aloud and lends itself to much discussion. I would highly recommend an author visit to your school, as ours was a huge success. All Aboard!”

-Carol A. May
Wintergreen Magnet School
Technology Integration Teacher

“My 5th-grade class was so excited to hear about Kathy Maggart and her book, ‘The 1947 Freedom Train’ and they were over the moon when I told them she would be visiting our classroom during our school-wide Read the Most from Coast to Coast event. Kathy did an amazing job of reading the story, and bringing it to life for my students. The captivating story along with the vivid illustrations had them engaged from the very beginning until the very end. The kids had so many great questions, and are still talking about it.”

-Tracey Blakeney
Lakewood Elementary School
5th Grade Teacher

“Our school was very fortunate to be able to meet the authors of ‘The 1947 Freedom Train’ and hear their story. The students and teachers were all enlightened by this valuable piece of history that has been kept a secret for so long. Thanks to Kathy Maggart and Kathie Eidson, our students and staff have been intrigued to research more about this Freedom Train. Their website is user and kid friendly and provides parents, teachers and students with a wealth of information. I would recommend them to all elementary schools! They were able to answer all of our students and teachers questions with ease! Fabulous story and beautiful illustrations! A must have!!”

-Tessa Dunn
East Smiths Station Elementary School
Media Specialist

“Kathy Maggart came to Lakewood Elementary School for READQUEST 2016. Our time began with a wonderful PowerPoint that gave information to the students about the 1947 Freedom Train. She is such an intriguing speaker, and the students were attentive the entire time.  As she read the book, the students were so excited to learn about something they had never heard of before. The students’ favorite part was the question and answer time at the end. She answered all their questions about the history of the Freedom Train as well as writing a book and getting it published. Having her at the school made our students want to put so much more time and thought into their writing. It was a treat to have Kathy Maggart at our school and if you have the opportunity to have her, you won’t regret it!”

-Amanda Owens
Lakewood Elementary School
3rd Grade Teacher

“The Freedom Train for Kids program is an informative, innovative, and energetic presentation students of all ages will enjoy! Kathy Maggart is a phenomenal storyteller who knows what it takes to keep students engaged while learning. Her presentation at Glenwood School took students through our nation’s rich history and really brought a sense of American pride to the classroom. I highly recommend her program for every school!”

-Dr. Julie Graham
Glenwood Elementary School
Assistant Headmaster at Glenwood

 

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The 1947 Freedom Train is sure to be a family favorite and teacher treasure
for generations to come.
It’s an untold story that inspires patriotism, respect for all our military heroes,
and appreciation of our great freedoms!

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