School & Library Visits

I'd love to visit your school or library!


I host engaging workshops and assembly presentations about a variety of writing- and publishing-related topics. 


I also offer free 20 min. Skype visits for classrooms and libraries. 


For more information contact:


Lisa McClatchy, Author Appearances

Penguin Random House Children's Books

Download The "building empathy with books" Guide

Complete with journal activities, games, and discussion questions, this teaching guide, featuring Just Under the Clouds, can be used in classrooms, small counseling groups, and book groups for kids to develop empathy and a deeper understanding of themselves and each other. Click the image below to download the PDF.

Download The Middle Grade At Heart Discussion Guide

Perfect for book clubs and classrooms looking to discuss Just Under the Clouds this guide includes an author interview, discussion questions, a recipe, suggested activities for tree journaling and identifying the natural world, and a coloring  page. Click the image below to download the PDF.

Download The "Tough Topics" Educator Guide

This guide for Just Under the Clouds and A Swirl of Ocean is designed for upper-elementary and middle school teachers doing literature circles. It can also be adapted for book clubs, shared or whole-group reading studies, or post-reading activities to create a culture of awareness, mutual respect, and compassion in your classroom and beyond.   Click the image below to download the PDF.

Take a Virtual Walking Tour

Here are some photos that inspired Just Under the Clouds. I took them in Brooklyn, where the novel is set. Do you recognize any of these images from the book?

Climbing Trees in Prospect Park
Carroll Gardens
Outside Miss Li's Grocery
Carroll Park
Carroll Gardens
Walking Bridge
Chain Link Fence
Stray Cat
Red Hook Sunset
Gowanus Canal
Reflection of the Foundry
Tree of Heaven
The Banks of the Gowanus Canal
Gowanus Canal Canoe