School Visits and Workshops

I’m currently booking school visits for the 2019-2020 school year! Contact me HERE for my schedule and rates.*

As a former middle school teacher & author, I bring together energy and an inspiring message of student empowerment and empathy.

“Best author visit I’ve ever attended!” – A Veteran Teacher


“Her positivity, message, and ease of interacting with the students are wonderful!” – Lea Marcello, Library Media Specialist

I offer both large assemblies & smaller workshops. In my presentations I draw on the main character Zoey to discuss the steps for being on #TeamOctopus:

1) Recognize your own superpowers.

2) Name the obstacles in your path.

3) Find the courage to speak up.

4) Team up with allies who will listen and support you.

In the book, Zoey draws an octopus on her shoulder to remind herself of her inner strength, and at the end of the presentation, I give each student a temporary octopus tattoo so they can remind themselves of their own inner strength.



Download a Flyer about my Author Visits HERE*Occasionally I’m able to offer FREE Skype visits for classes that has read the book.

Interested in additional options for school visit presentations? Click here.


Get the Educator’s Guide

Download the Enhanced Educator’s Guide for The Benefits of Being an Octopus HERE!


The 1st Chapter of The Benefits of Being an Octopus — Read Aloud by Ann Braden


Q & A about The Benefits of Being an Octopus, with Questions from Students


#TeamOctopus in the Classroom

#TeamOctopus Across the Country

Connect with Other Educators

Connect with other educators using The Benefits of Being An Octopus with students on the #TeamOctopus Forum!

  • Pair up with other classrooms reading OCTOPUS this year!
  • Get ideas for social action projects that connect to the book!
  • Pose questions to other teachers who have used OCTOPUS!
  • Enter giveaways, such as winning books and/or #TeamOctopus T-shirts for your students!



Learn about the #KidsNeedBooks & #KidsNeedMentors movement HERE