Author Visits

Vicky loves sharing her books with kids! Her presentations connect writing and invention skills, illustrating the similar creative process behind both. As a former designer of kids’ experiences at Google, she brings her sense of whimsy and eye-opening possibilities to kids in grades K-6!

Presentations for Kids

Writing is Inventing! With Layla and the Bots
(Grades K-6)
In a 30-45 minute presentation including Q&A, Vicky talks about the creative process behind both writing and engineering. She provides fun examples, from ideation to iteration, based on her personal experience as an author and Google designer. She describes her eclectic path, shares behind-the-scenes stories of Layla and the Bots, and provides kids with empowering tools to creatively tackle both writing and STEAM challenges. This presentation can be tailored to kick off a STEAM challenge, either based on Vicky’s activities or defined by the school.

(Grades K-6)
In a 30-45 minute presentation including Q&A, Vicky talks about how books go from idea to published product. She’ll talk about the different creative paths behind her books, as both author (Layla and the Bots, Invent-a-Pet, I Can Code) and author-illustrator (Friendbots). She’ll inspire kids through fun stories of failure, triumph, and perseverance and invite them to invent stories of their own. This presentation can also be tailored to work as a writing workshop.


• $1,000 per day plus expenses (up to 3 groups/presentations)
• $300 for a single presentation via Skype/Hangouts or in local area (San Francisco South Bay)

(Note that at this time, I am only supporting virtual visits!)

Book Talks

Vicky is happy to do a 15-20 minute Skype/Hangouts presentation including Q&A on a specific book/series for groups who have read her book. No honorarium, but minimum purchase of 10 books (from your bookstore of choice) is required. Signed books are available through Linden Tree Books.


Vicky is available for conferences and book festivals with custom presentations to appeal to educators, writers, or kids. Please reach out for rates and details!

Request a Visit

Please send me a message via my contact form including preferred date(s), audience size/age, presentation type, and any details you’d like me to know. Looking forward to visiting with you!