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!


 Guidelines for Author Visit in Public and Private Education:

1. The author visit fee is $500 per day of visit, which includes three 45-minute presentations and three 30-minute presentations. If your school is interested in scheduling three presentations (30 or 45-minute) the fee is $250. If possible, please schedule presentations in back to back intervals with 5-10 minutes in between. Presentations can be scheduled in the morning and afternoon to meet the needs of your school or organization.

2. Please download the pre-order form to send home with your students. All books will be autographed!  Pre-order forms need to be solidified with Kathy Maggart 4 weeks prior to the author visit so books will arrive at the school prior to the author visit, when needing to be shipped.

3. Here is the pre-order form that can be printed and sent home to the K-5th grade students for the opportunity to purchase an autographed book.  (Book Pre-Order Form)

4. To schedule an author visit please call or email Kathy Maggart: 334.614.2089 or


 On the Day of the Visit:

1. The audience for an author visit is Kindergarten through 5th grade. For the K-2 grade students, the author will show the book and take a picture walk through the story. She will also talk about how she became an author and answer questions. For 3rd-5th grade students, the author will read the story aloud and answer questions about the amazing story of the 1947 Freedom Train and the exciting process of writing the book.

2. For 3rd-5th grade students, the groups can be separated by grades or grades can be combined. Different sized groups can be formed to meet the needs of your school. We recommend not combining K-2nd grade students, but having each of these grades meet with the author separately.

3. If needing to form large groups, Kathy Maggart recommends students in groups of 150 when illustrations can be projected. The illustrations are on a flash drive for these larger group audiences of up to 150 when the school has the ability to project.

4. Presentations are for 45-minutes with the 3rd-5th graders and 30 minutes for K-2 grade students.

5. The author will sign books before or after all the presentations on that school day and the school can disperse to the classrooms.

Homeschool Community/Community Organizations

Please contact Kathy Maggart to share this story with your families and plan an Author Visit. Our local homeschool community uses the Public Library for many of their events and possibly this would work in your area. There is not an author visit fee, but a 25 book pre-order minimum is requested. Please have the Homeschooling Parent contact that would be handling all communication with the homeschooling families, including the pre-order forms. Parents are welcome to bring the pre-order form on the day of the event. This information applies to other community organizations with children and families.


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. Pre-order forms for signed copies need to be mailed or emailed (please keep a copy of each) and 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 with the Author Skype Visit, and will be shipped after the visit.




Author Needs on Day of In-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 or small table to set up my wireless mic and an extension cord.

3. Someone present to help set up the technology and someone available in each session to assist if technical issue occurs.


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.



7Honoring 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 and observances linked below to help students with this understanding!

Click to View a List of Military Holidays and Observances!


Reviews from Kids:


More Reviews

“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


View Photos from East Smiths Station Elementary School:

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!