Courtney Sheinmel


My best memory of fourth grade? When one of my favorite authors, Johanna Hurwitz, came to visit my class. She talked to us kids about her writing projects, answered all of our questions, and signed our books - including my dog-eared, much-loved copy of THE HOT & COLD SUMMER. I wanted to grow up to be a writer just like her.

Now I am grown up, and I am a writer, and I LOVE to visit readers! I've found that kids (and grownups) enjoy hearing where book ideas come from - and the idea for my latest book, THE KINDNESS CLUB, came in part from visiting schools around the country and seeing kids involved in all sorts of kindness programs. I'm so excited to get on the road and talk kindness - and maybe get more ideas for future books!

I have several programs, designed for students from elementary to high school age, which cover (among other things) where ideas come from, the writing & revising process, and themes that are important to me in my own books - like siblings, friendships, and of course kindness. I can speak to large assemblies, or work with smaller groups - up to three presentations a day.

If you'd like me to visit your school, library, Girl Scout troop, book club, or any other club, or if you want to Skype with me, please contact me for rates and availability:


Extras for kids and teachers

The Kindness Club Discussion Questions
How to Write a Thank You Note
A Few Really Good Reasons to be Kind
Classroom Kindness Ideas
Kindness Kit (including certificates, nametags, and a compliment list!)

Coming soon:

Take the Kindness Quiz
Tips on How to be Kind to YOURSELF


At school visits,
kids help me make lists of kindness ideas: