booked was created to help schools plot their literary adventures

booked would be delighted to help you host an award-winning author or illustrator at your school, library, or conference.

We successfully connect schools and libraries with outstanding visiting authors. With more than 1500 school clients and a portfolio of over 65 critically acclaimed authors and illustrators, we are the first and last stop for educators seeking an unforgettable experience for their students.

Meet booked Authors

Our portfolio includes award-winning authors and illustrators. Many have received excellent reviews from publications such as School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist. Several of our authors have received the Caldecott Honor, Newbery Medal, and other awards given by the Americal Library Association.

How booked Works

From choosing your author to facilitating a successful visit, we help you every step of the way. We begin by listening to you. We want to understand your goals, expectations, and audience. We will help you find an author who fits into your educational goals. We then handle all the little details between you and your author to ensure a successful visit!

About booked 

Allyson Hickey, Executive Director, brings over 15 years of experience in children’s bookselling, publishing, children’s literacy programs, consulting, and event planning to booked. Growing up a reluctant reader, she eventually connected with books in her early 20s. Since then, she is passionate about connecting individuals to reading.

Reasons to book with booked

  • Our portfolio of outstanding authors gives us the ability to match your goals (with both in-person and virtual options)
  • With your author’s visit you will receive full-service and personable attention
  • We are able to facilitate online book sales associated with your visit
  • You get a 10% discount off your total book sales plus free shipping on all orders in Continental US (with larger discounts for bulk orders)

Allegheny County Library Association

Working with Booked was an excellent experience. I have scheduled numerous author visits and I would say that this was one of the easiest. It helped meeting ahead of time and communicating with email, so that all details were figured out in advance. The entire process was seamless and helped our event overall run smoother.


Branchville Elementary School

As a first-time library media specialist, the idea of booking author visits was a little intimidating. Allyson made the process smooth and easy. She recommended many great authors, and after careful consideration, I chose Kate Klise. Kate was amazing. The students loved her. She was engaging and totally age-appropriate for all of my students (grades K-5). I would highly recommend Booked as a way to bring great authors into your school.


Beth Yeshurun Day School

Working with Allyson and the Booked team was such a pleasure and made our Young Authors Day celebration seamless. We chose to celebrate on Read Across America day which is a very popular day for author visits. Allyson helped us choose and secure an author that our students would find engaging, our teachers would find interesting and that fit within our budget. We will for sure be using Booked again for our next Author Visit!


Westborough Public Schools

We had a wonderful experience using Allyson and working with Rajani LaRocca. Everything was easy and seamless. Allyson answered all of my questions and was incredibly organized and communicative.


Peck Place School

Booked makes author visits very easy because they help with every step of the way from helping select the right author for your school to book sales and organizing your books for you to make it very clear what is needed when your author arrives at your school. The website for the book sales is all done by Booked and just made so easy for us as volunteers.


Elise was a wonderful author to visit our school and she did a fabulous job with our grades 1-3 students in our town. She visited three schools in one school day making her day a bit hectic but she did with class and elegance and our students were so happy to have her there. She even sent me book plates after she left for extra books in case we need them.


Odyssey Virtual Academy

I have used booked for two years now and have not been disappointed. Working with Allyson is such a dream! She gets back to you in a timely manner and knows her authors well! She gives wonderful suggestions as to whom would be a great fit for what you would like to cover in your school.


Cedar Crest Academy Bellewood

We have been using Booked Authors for several years now and each time I’m amazed at the ease of organizing a variety of virtual author visits for our students. Booked Authors has always suggested wonderful authors that match what we are looking for and that are grade-level appropriate. We have had tons of positive feedback from teachers, students and parents alike noting what a positive and inspiring experience the visits have been. The ability to also easily collect orders for books from these authors after our visit has also been an unexpected benefit that we look forward to each time. Booked Authors makes it all easy and cost-effective!


California State University, Bakersfield

Working with booked was very easy and straightforward. Any email communicaitons were answered quickly and thoroughly. What could have been a complicated process was made very easy and stress-free! I would highly recommend their services. 


Elden Elementary School

From start to finish, the coordination of the author visit was easy and seamless. The communication both from Allyson and Alicia was outstanding. By far the best part of this experience was watching Alicia work her magic in front of the students. We were truly blown away by her! Booked Authors were easy to work with and expertly communicated with us to make our author visit a success. We would certainly work with them again in the future.