School Visits

Class visit in Santa Monica, CA

Jerry is available for school visits (in person and via Skype), as well as in-store events, conferences and other functions. He is a seasoned public speaker who has appeared at numerous national conferences. He loves being with either grown-ups or kids and can tailor his presentation to your needs.


Let’s Ruin Cinderella! 

(Good for grades 3-5) Jerry uses an interactive presentation (about 20 minutes, projector or Smart Board required) to show students that different authors have interpreted the Cinderella story in many different ways. Then, through a guided excercise, he helps them come up with their own version of Cinderella. Jerry provides each student with a graphic organizer to help them build their own story, and everyone gets a bookmark to take home! Then, Jerry can stay around to help students as they compose their stories, guiding them through the creative experience.

Class visit at Bridgeport Elementary, Santa Clarita, CA

Name That Character!

(Good for grades K-5) Jerry uses an interactive presentation (about 20 minutes) to show the many ways different writers, illustrators and film directors have depicted some well-known fairy tale characters. He shows how a great story can be adapted to different cultures, settings and styles, all while students play a fun guessing game.

He then talks about the process of creating his own versions of the stories in his MY ROTTEN STEPBROTHER RUINED FAIRY TALES books.


Here’s what people are saying about Jerry.

Pajamarama at Valley View Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA

“Jerry Mahoney was awesome!  He had a great presentation prepared for my class and the students were engaged the whole time.  Jerry got them excited about writing and using their imagination!  Such a great experience.” – Mrs. Hunt, third-grade teacher, Burbank, CA

“My students loved having a published author come to the class and share.  Mr. Mahoney’s presentation was informative and engaging.  I recommend that you also invite Mr. Mahoney to come to your classroom, share his presentation, and inspire young writers!” – Mrs. Bonnette, third-grade teacher, Saugus, CA

IMG_1806“Jerry’s presentations at 10th Street Elementary and Sunrise Elementary were informative, engaging, and energy-packed! His charisma and sense of humor instantly made everyone in the room comfortable. The kids were attentive and eager to learn about Jerry’s books, his writing process, and the origins behind our well-known fairy tales.” – Akela Morinaka, Read to a Child

IMG_1805“Jerry Mahoney gave an engaging, funny, and inspiring talk at our event. He was happy to interact with conference attendees as well, which not every speaker is willing to do. Working with Jerry was a real pleasure; he was very willing to develop a talk that fit well within into our overall program, his follow up was impeccable, and he brought sincere warmth to every interaction.” – Andrea Middleton,, organizer of PressPublish conference

Reading/signing at Book Soup, Los Angeles

“Jerry is the kind of speaker who makes all the other speakers seem stuffy and boring. He brings charm, energy, and a self-deprecating (yet perfectly brilliant) humor to whatever he’s presenting. I’d sit up and pay attention to Jerry talking about celery, and I HATE celery.” – Mary Laura Philpott, author, PENGUINS WITH PEOPLE PROBLEMS

If you’re interested in booking Jerry for an appearance or school visit, please contact me here.

Reading/signing at Barnes & Noble, Upper East Side, NY, NY