Now Scheduling Virtual Author Visits for the 2020/21 School Year!

Dear Teachers and Families,
Author visits need not be eliminated during these unprecedented times. While it’s not quite the same as in-person visits, virtual meetings with you and your kids, aged 9-12, are possible safely on platforms such a Zoom or Google Meet—anywhere around the globe!

Sherrill Joseph, retired literacy teacher and the author of the Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries Series, is now scheduling virtual meetings for teachers and families.

In addition, from her many years of literacy teaching, Sherrill has written a Book Study Guide to accompany Book 1, Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets. The guide might help you provide a fun reading experience while bolstering reading comprehension. You can download her Book Study Guide for FREE.

Sherrill has enjoyed meeting virtually with teachers and students for Book Clubs as well as with grandparents and their grandchildren (“Grand” Book Clubs) during the Pandemic.


Here is what Barb Huston, 3rd grade teacher at Saginaw Township Community Schools in Michigan had to say about Sherrill Joseph’s virtual Book Club visit:

“Back in April of 2020, I won a set of six Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets by Sherrill Joseph on Twitter.  The only thing that Sherrill requested was that I get the books into the hands of my students.  She signed each book with a personal message to the six third-grade students.  At the time I received them, we were in the middle of remote learning due to COVID19, so I delivered the copies and started a virtual book club with these students.  Shortly after we began, I tweeted out a picture of us working together with a shout-out to the author.  Sherrill quickly responded with appreciation but even more impressively, volunteered to make herself available for questions.  I decided to see if she would be willing to surprise my students with an appearance at our last virtual meeting.  It was much more than an appearance.  On June 5th, Sherrill joined our Google Meet and spent close to an hour answering my students’ questions and sharing with them her writing process and tips for their own writing craft.  It was the most authentic reading and writing lesson and one that my students will never forget.”

Why Book an Author Visit?
According to, here are the pros and cons!

Virtual Sessions Currently Available:

Sherrill can meet virtually with teachers or families for:

• A book club meeting using the author’s Book 1 and corresponding Book Study Guide. This can be at the culmination of your book club, or the author can join in the discussion at any point in the book, ask questions from her Guide, and answer teacher/parent and student questions.
• Author drop-in for one or two classes/groups: Ask her anything! Sherrill will answer all your questions. If time permits, she will read an excerpt from one of her books.
• More topics pending
• Book 2 Study Guide pending

Virtual Session Costs (less expensive than in-person visits!):

• A Book Club meeting (20-30 minutes) for up to six students + adult—No charge during the Pandemic
• Author drop-in (30-40 minutes) for one class/group, up to 30 students—No charge during the Pandemic
• Author drop-in (45-50 minutes) for two classes/groups, up to 60 students—No charge during the Pandemic

Author Visit Booking and Resources:

For Information or to Book Your Author Visit

Free Nutmeg Street Book Study Guide

Ways to Fund an Author Visit

Author’s Calendar of Events–pending