An Author Visit from Steve Cotler?

I am the author of a series of books published by Random House, aimed at grades 3-6. I travel all over the USA and Canada. I would be pleased to come to your school.

Since the first book came out, I have visited 329 schools where I gave more almost 800 presentations, speaking to over 80,000 students. One of these visits was captured on video and is online. This short video is an excellent six-minute snapshot of the hour I spend interacting with students. I guarantee much learning…and just as much laughing.

Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything, first in a series from Random House, came out in 2011 to excellent reviews. The second book, Cheesie Mack Is Cool in a Duel, was released in 2012, the third, Cheesie Mack Is Running Like Crazy!, in 2013, and the fourth, Cheesie Mack Is Not Exactly Famous, in 2014. All three received equally good reviews.

Most recently, the school librarians associations of Illinois, New Hampshire and South Carolina selected Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything as one of the best children’s books of the year…and NYC’s Bank Street College of Education selected it as the top book in the humor category (ages 9-12). The series’ fifth book, Cheesie Mack Is Sort of Freaked Out, will be released in August 2014.

The Cheesie Mack books are wholesome, intelligent, and funny. The narrator, Ronald “Cheesie” Mack, 11, is smart, responsible, and curious…and his adventures at school and at home capture the imagination of students and the respect of teachers because of those admirable characteristics.

On a typical half-day at a school, I can do up to three sessions, each with 75-150 students (usually in the same grade) for 55-60 minutes each. My presentation—which really works for grades 3-6—is educational and fun.

These presentations—and I guarantee much learning and even more laughing—includes:

• intro to Cheesie Mack (short and very upbeat)
• a short reading emphasizing characters, followed by a spirited discussion (I ask lots of questions and challenge students to use inference to understand character and motivation)
• another short reading emphasizing character development (more interactive discussion)
• concepts of plot structure, supported by another short reading (and even more student participation)
• Q&A about authors, writing, & books (ending with a very funny story about my inspiration for the series).

For more info, I encourage you to explore both my author website ( and Cheesie’s own extensive website ( which accompanies and extends the books.

If you would like references, just ask…and I’ll put you in touch with principals, librarians, media specialists, or teachers from schools across the country.

If you would like me to come to your school, please contact me. Perhaps I can fit you into my schedule. Usually I do not charge a speaking fee. Expenses only—no strings attached.

I’m easy to deal with. Email me. Let’s talk.

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