School & Retreat Author Visits

Have award-winning children’s author Diane Davies present at your school or retreat. Diane Davies is the creator of five books. Her first two chronicle her own breast cancer journey and have been of help to hundreds of woman on that road. Three children’s books—Life in the Neck: New Friends, Life in the Neck: Squirrel Trouble, and Jeannie Ann’s Grandmother Has Breast Cancer—have to date been written by Davies.


Inspirational program for young readers and writers

Diane Davies continues to visit schools, relating to the children with unmatched warmth and responsiveness. She uses her twenty-six years of classroom teaching experience to engage students with seriousness of purpose and using light-hearted humor and the ability to motivate and encourage.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you for your amazing presentation today! The kids loved the book and loved learning from you! Our kids were lucky to experience such a great learning opportunity. I even had 4 boys writing their own book at choice (play) time, at the end of the day.” —MN First Grade Teacher

Life in the Neck: New Friends

Life in the Neck New Friends  (Mom’s Choice Award – Gold Level)

As Davies reads her popular story of Delaney the deer, Rocket the rabbit, Cardinal Red, and Old Coyote, she introduces the students to facts about the animals living in the forests of Minnesota.  She pays special attention to vocabulary and character trait development. The story message deals with cooperation, friendship and applying the “Golden Rule” to both.  Davies engages the students in a game of “Who Am I”, a character trait challenge, followed by a Q & A regarding being an author.  Topics generally discussed are editing, how a book is made, how do you become an author, and the reading writing connection.


Inspirational program for children dealing with a cancer diagnosis of a loved one

Learning that a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer is difficult at any age. When we are in the midst of this medical challenge we as adults sometimes forget that children have a hard time with this as well. Fears, questions, emotions and misunderstandings have a way of affecting us all.

“Through the reading of your book, you obviously opened the door for these children and teens to share their thoughts and feelings with their peers. You have given them a moment of relief and an understanding that they are not alone in their experience.” —Founder Angel Foundation

Jeannie Ann’s Grandma Has Breast Cancer

As Davies reads Jeannie Ann’s story, she builds a trusting relationship with those listening. Stopping often to draw in her audience, she is able through her seriousness of purpose and yet light-hearted humor to make an impact. Following the reading, Davies asks the participants to interact in some way with the story whether it be through drawing, writing, music or pantomime. These are then shared within the group setting.

“Diane Davies has made a wonderful contribution to families coping with breast cancer by writing Jeannie Ann’s Grandma Has Breast Cancer. She combined her knowledge of children and her personal cancer experience to provide a resource that can facilitate discussions about cancer with young children. She also provides useful suggestions about how to engage with children and help them participate in the cancer journey.” —BC Patient Navigator

Fees are reasonably priced for school and other organization budgets. Diane Davies provides a one-hour individual classroom/retreat presentation for readers and writers of any age or ability. Fill out the School Author Visits form to request a visit from Diane. Download this information as a PDF.