Visits

Cathey has an upbeat presentation called “Amazing Book Ideas!” that can be personalized for your school or organization. Her book, Arthur Zarr’s Amazing Art Car, is the first and (so far) only book published for children about art cars! Cathey draws from her experience as a former newspaper reporter and public relations professional to bring an exciting presentation full of personal stories, writing/publishing tips, and “insider information” about her art car book.

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The students at this school showed their “art car spirit” by wearing colorful tie-dyed clothing!

The presentation is appropriate for Kindergarten through 5th grade. For younger children, Cathey can read the art car book to preschoolers and talk to them about the ABC theme that runs throughout her story. Additionally, she has presented to junior high students (6th-8th) by focusing more on book publishing and writing skills. Visits are customized for each school.

Suggested fees are $350 for a half day visit, and $500 for a full day (no limit on the number of presentations). If your school does not have funds budgeted for this, please contact her to discuss options. Cathey’s main goal is to get her unique message of writing and creativity into the schools, so the visit fee should not be considered a deterrent. [Please discuss travel expenses if your school is outside of the Houston area]. Parents enjoy ordering autographed/personalized copies of Cathey’s book; CLICK HERE to download a copy of her “Book Pre-Order Form” that you can customize for your school once you have scheduled your Author Visit. 

Cathey understands that librarians and teachers will want to review/read the book prior to scheduling an author visit. If you do not already have a copy, please fill out the form on the CONTACT US tab and request one. Cathey can donate a book to your school library (serious inquiries only, please). You may also purchase a copy via Amazon or through the PayPal button under the BOOKS tab on this website.

Your school can get a custom drawing by illustrator Bill Megenhardt!

Your school can get a custom drawing by Bill Megenhardt!

Illustrator Bill Megenhardt is sometimes able to accompany Cathey on her author visits. Please mention this to Cathey if it’s something you would like to try to include. Students LOVE to watch Bill draw on-the-spot illustrations based on ideas that the audience generates. Bill has his own visit fee, which Cathey can discuss with you. His fee includes an original, custom illustration that he will give to your school; he usually draws your mascot or something fun like that!

For Houston author visits, art car drivers are often happy to join Cathey at your school. Once a calendar date is set, she can ask a “cartist” friend if he or she is available. Some drivers request a fee, while others will do this for no fee—the smiles they get are sometimes the only payment they require. That being said, Cathey hopes your school is able to thank the driver with an appropriate gratuity or gift certificate. Please discuss this with Cathey if you’d like the students to see a REAL art car up close!

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Students can see a REAL art car!

Let’s work together to plan an AMAZING day for your school or organization! Send an email to catheynickell@gmail.com if you’re interested in more information.

Cathey's author visit often inspires "art car creativity!"

Cathey’s author visit often inspires some amazing “art car creativity!”