Visiting Author for Schools: All the Way to the Top

Annette Bay Pimentel & Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins

Tuesday, March 10 through Friday, March 13. Annette and Jennifer will be doing two schools visits each day: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Please select morning or afternoon slot as well as your preferred date. 

*Tuesday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 11: morning visits only

*Thursday, March 12 & Friday, March 13: Both morning and afternoon visits


Annette Bay Pimentel has published two picture book biographies, Mountain Chef, which won the Carter G. Woodson Award, and Girl, Running, which was a Junior Library Guild pick and received a starred review. She lives in Moscow, Idaho.

Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins joined the disability rights movement at the age of six and has been a passionate advocate ever since. In 1990, she received the Americans With Disabilities Act Award. Jennifer received her GED in 2002 before earning a B.S. in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University, which she plans to use to help children with disability rights advocacy. She lives in Colorado with her mother, Cynthia Keelan, and her service dog Mya. 

ABOUT THE BOOKAll the Way to the Top: How One Girl's Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything

This is the story of a little girl who just wanted to go, even when others tried to stop her. Jennifer Keelan was determined to make a change--even if she was just a kid. She never thought her wheelchair could slow her down, but the way the world around her was built made it hard to do even simple things. Like going to school, or eating lunch in the cafeteria. Jennifer knew that everyone deserves a voice Then the Americans with Disabilities Act, a law that would make public spaces much more accessible to people with disabilities, was proposed to Congress. And to make sure it passed, Jennifer went to the steps of the Capitol building in Washington DC to convince them. And, without her wheelchair, she climbed. ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP.

45 mins, including Q&A. TOPICEvery Kid Matters, an interactive assembly about kindness and standing up for others. Outline includes:

  • Annette introduces herself as an author (where she works, etc.) and introduces idea that we all have things we can't do
  • Read the book with group call and response at various points in book
  • Introduce Jennifer
  • Jennifer talks about how other kids made her feel in elementary school--bad examples, good examples
  • What can kids in this group do? Repeat of call and response pattern from book reading, to come up with specific action items for this group
  • Q & A

Elementaty School; grades K-4

At least 150, hopefuly more!

Microphone, projector screen, projector linked to school's computer; Annette will bring slides on a memory stick. And a bottle of water.

Promoting and preparing for the author's school visit is the most important ingredients for a successful, educational, and fun event. Please be sure to carefuly read: What an Author Visit is All About.






Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees. 

Link to share with students and their families to order Annette & Jennifer's books:

Please make sure anyone ordering online includes the name of your school in the Notes section of the order and if they'd like to pick up the book from you at the school. Please DO NOT give a book to someone who says they ordered online unless they have the printed confirmation. PLEASE KEEP THIS! You'll need to include these confirmations when returning the leftover books so you won't be charged for them! If they do ask you for a book without a confirmation, just email us the name of the student and parent's name and we can check. DEADLINE: Online orders with SCHOOL PICK UP will only be available for one week after the school visit. Orders placed after that time will need to be picked up at one of our locations, or shipped.


All the Way to the Top: How One Girl's Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything Cover Image
By Annette Bay Pimentel, Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins (Foreword by), Nabi Ali (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781492688976
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Sourcebooks Explore - March 10th, 2020