“Jonathan’s author visit was one of the best student assembly presentations I have seen in over twenty years of teaching. ”—Glenda Howell, Rolling Hills Elementary

JONATHAN AUXIER is a New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most powerful storytellers. His first novel Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes was called “as delightful a magical story as readers . . . will hope to find” by the Wall Street Journal. The Night Gardener was a Junior Library Guild selection and winner of the International Literacy Association Book Award.

Sweep was a Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner, a Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List selection, and received 6 starred reviews. Willa the Wisp, the first book in the Jonathan’s Fabled Stables chapter book series, was called “whimsical fantasy with the right amount of speed and cleverness for the audience” in a Kirkus starred review.

Jonathan lives in Pittsburgh with his family.


About the Visit

Jonathan Auxier loves getting in front of students in grades K-8 and talking about books! He leverages his extensive theater background as actor, director, and playwright to delight readers with a unique one-man show complete with gags, games, reading, drawing, costumes, and yo-yo’s! His presentation is perfect for large auditoriums and draws on his own story as a former reluctant reader, the children’s books that inspired his own “strange stories for strange kids,” and what he’s reading and excited about now. There is a separate presentation for each of his books that can be selected and tailored to the age of the audience.

Jonathan offers a smaller writing workshop—“The Care and Feeding of Your Artist Journal”—for up to 30 students. This program is also a wonderful option for graduate students and MFA programs.


“An amazing, fantastic, captivating visit … Jonathan brought such energy and enthusiasm to our students as he shared about his book — the whole room was captivated, each and every student. If you have the opportunity to invite Jonathan to your school, jump at it.”—Mary Ann Scheuer, Emerson Elementary

“Students were laughing uproariously one minute and listening in rapt attention the next as Jonathan shared about his life as a writer. My kids are still talking about it weeks later, and teachers are absolutely thrilled that what he shared so memorably reinforced what we teach in the classroom.”—Glenda Howell, Rolling Hills Elementary

“Jonathan Auxier was an extremely entertaining presenter. The kids loved his incorporation of the story telling with his yo-yo ability. His “Story Soup” is a concept the students can take with them and use in their own writing and storytelling moving forward.”—Melissa Womer, Librarian, Ehrman Crest Elementary Cranberry Township, PA

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