Janet Lee Carey spent her childhood searching for a secret door to the magical world. She discovered a reliable door into a vast, magical country by opening the cover of a book. She is the award-winning author of nine novels for children and young adults. Janet links each new book with a charitable organization empowering readers to make a difference in the world. In her presentations, she discusses how stories expand cultural awareness and increase respect for others, the ups and downs of writing and how to set attainable goals.
Teaching Experience: Janet taught special education before leaving to raise her family and invest in her writing career. With more than ten years experience teaching novel writing at Bellevue College and Lake Washington Vocational College, she now focuses on presenting workshops for writing conferences, and sharing her passion for reading and writing on her school visits. Janet’s assemblies are designed for upper middle grades, middle schools, and high schools. In “Words on the Wing,” lively discussion invites students to see how stories expand cultural awareness, increase respect for others and for the earth. “Dream Catcher” gives students seven tools to set goals and begin the step-by-step journey to reach their dreams.
Contact Janet to set up a visit (see School Visit Packages below).
Words on the Wing
60 minutes (includes Q & A)
Janet shares inspiring stories and gives a delightful behind-the-scenes look at the ups and downs of her writing career. No matter how many books she writes, she knows a tale is not complete until it comes to life in the reader’s imagination. Assembly highlights the importance of story and the role of reading in our culture, comparing the difference between books, movies, and other media. Lively discussion invites students to see how books connect us, and expand cultural awareness, increasing our respect for others and for the earth.
Any size group. Upper Elm. And Middle Schools
60 minutes (includes Q & A)
Janet set the goal of becoming a published author at age ten. Assembly gives an entertaining look at the ups and downs of her writing journey from rejection to publication, awards, and movie deals. Highs and lows are a part of achieving any life goal. This assembly gives students seven tools to set goals and begin the step-by-step journey to reach their dreams.
(Handouts for follow-up classroom activities included upon request.)
Any size group. Middle Schools. High Schools.
Library Visit Choices
60 minutes (includes Q & A)
Words on the Wing or Dream Catcher
presentation in the library:
-Smaller library venue reaches fewer students in your school
-Smaller groups can allow for more discussion
World Building Workshop
From ecosystems to interdependent life forms, students learn how to build a story setting from the ground up. Popular workshop includes an interactive world-building activity done in small groups.
20-30 minutes (includes Q & A)
Janet visits up to 3 classrooms following the school assembly to share a more in-depth look at assembly topics, tell more of the inside story behind the making of a book, to answer your student’s questions, and engage in a lively class discussion.
What Schools Are Saying
“Thank you for a very enjoyable guest author presentation yesterday. Janet’s message is tailored so perfectly to our middle school audience. She identifies with our girls and encourages their literary interests by example. This presentation was the highlight of our Love your Library week this year. Thanks for sharing your many talents with our students.”
—Sarah Ellison, School Librarian, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
“Evergreen Junior High was lucky to have author Janet Lee Carey stop by for a visit. Ms. Carey talked with a group of 90 7th and 8th graders. Her presentation was interesting, engaging, and informative. Students and teachers alike walked away with gems of knowledge for future reference… I know that I sure did!”
—Shauna Yusko, school librarian
“Thanks again for the tremendous presentation. A 5th Grade teacher told me one student said, ‘This is something I’ll tell my grandchildren about!’ What an impression you made!”
—Stacey Thompson, Lakeridge Elementary PTA
Author’s Home: Seattle, WA
Suggested Audience: Upper Middle Grades, Middle Schools, High Schools
Presentations per day: Max 2 Assemblies +3 follow-up classroom visits per day
Min. half-day visits for out-of-state events.
School Visit Packages
(Contact Janet for booking, price list and special school visit deals)
Package A – Full Day includes:
Two school assemblies + 3 classroom visits + Book signing
Package B – Half-day visit includes:
One school assembly + 3 classroom visits + Book signing (Package B)
Package C – For Libraries:
Choice of one hour presentation in your school library or public library
Not every school can bring an author in to present in person. Virtual Visits online provide a fun, cost effective meeting place. Enjoy book discussions. Peek into the writing process and glean writing tips. Student involvement. Q&A. If students buy books beforehand, Janet can send autographed transparent bookplates to your school. Janet looks forward to meeting you and your students on her next virtual visit, and answering all their interesting questions.
Time zone: Pacific
Audiences: Elementary Grades 4 and up. Jr. High/Middle Schools. Book Groups. Teacher & Librarian Groups. Classroom discussion questions available for most of Janet’s books.
Availability: Year-round. Contact Janet to set up a time.