Roni Schotter

Award-winning author of 30 books, Roni Schotter communicates her passion for the power and pleasure of words and story.  She speaks to children as “fellow writers,” encouraging them to turn their ideas, events & feelings into their own nonfiction or fiction.  

In grades 2-6, she emphasizes the writing tips embedded in NOTHING EVER HAPPENS ON 90TH STREET, used in many schools to inspire writing.  She imparts her enthusiasm for savory, surprising words by sharing THE BOY WHO LOVED WORDS.  Linking in other books, e.g. DOO-WOP POP and MAMA, I’LL GIVE YOU THE WORLD, plus her semi-autobiographical picture book, THE HOUSE OF JOYFUL LIVING, she shows how she used the writing techniques described in 90TH STREET to pen them.  With grades 3 and up, she adds in her Underground Railroad novel, F IS FOR FREEDOM (about the power of literacy), to discuss the need & pleasure of occasionally doing research to tell certain stories.  With all grades, she shows her own very rough drafts to underscore the fact that even professional writers need to revise their work!  Encouraging children to rewrite, she convinces them that it can be fun. A former editor, she shows the components of a book from manuscript to press sheet, to f&g, to binding.  Roni’s aim is to inspire children–to convince them that language is fun and that anyone who chooses to–can write easily and well!  

With the younger grades: k and first grade, (and 2nd grade depending on the time of year), Roni reads to them and speaks simply and directly about the magic of books and story, suggesting they ask, “what if?” to trigger their imaginations. She focuses on her two latest titles:  GO, LITTLE GREEN TRUCK! and ALL ABOUT GRANDMAS.  She can also discuss THE HOUSE OF JOYFUL LIVING and MAMA, I’LL GIVE YOU THE WORLD with little ones.  If relevant, her National Jewish Book Award-winning title:  HANUKKAH! plus their companion books:  PASSOVER MAGIC and PURIM PLAY are great for younger children (PURIM PLAY also works for grades 2-5).  She tells the youngest of children how she came to imagine each story and encourages them to use their imaginations and to pay attention to the world around them to come up with their own stories and then–to draw or dictate or write those stories!  

Roni prefers, if possible, to speak to children in smaller groups, in a non-assembly fashion—because she does an interactive presentation and wants the children to see her as a fellow writer–just like them, only grown up now, and still writing!  (In other words, NOT a distant celebrity on a stage.)  More information on Ms. Schotter’s books can be found at