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Nils is available to do Skype visits to anywhere in the whole entire world, even Kazakhstan (as long as the folks on the other end speak English) and will happily travel to your school if he’s in the area (or can convince his publisher to send him to said area). The area in which he is most often found is the New York tri-state area, extended to D.C. to the south and Boston to the north (and everything in between—we’re looking at you, Baltimore, Philly, Hartford, and Providence). Anything in the five boros of NYC, all of Long Island and Weschester, and much of northeastern New Jersey is eminently doable (if not preferable) since those are pretty dang close to Nils’s international writing headquarters. Atlanta, Georgia, Nashville, Tennessee, and Burlington, Vermont are also good places for Nils to go to, for reasons that shall remain mysterious. In case you were wondering, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders are the sweet spot ...
If your kids are lucky enough to have him, Nils will speak for about 20-25 minutes and then take questions from the children (as well as any adults in attendance) for another 20-25 minutes. He brings a little slide show and talks specifically about the series, in particular why he chose King Arthur, and generally about writing, which he has been doing professionally since 2006 and non-professionally since the first or second grade. To our knowledge he has never given a bad school visit (and has frequently been commended for his ability to hold and more importantly stoke the attention of upwards of 100 fifth graders). Honorariums are nice and greatly appreciated, but are not in all instances necessary. Snacks, however, are a must and are non-negotiable (Cheezits, apples, or salt and vinegar chips, please).
If you would like to discuss the possibility of Nils visiting your school (Kids—this means you, too! More often than not a determined kid gets him to come to you than a teacher or a librarian! Kid Power!), then please contact his people at email@example.com.