Visiting Author for Schools: Justin Matott

Justin Matott

Flexible dates. 

Justin Matott has been a storyteller all of his life. Matott's mother (a college English Professor) would ask him to tell stories and jokes to her gatherings of friends, colleagues and clubs and put him on the stage as a very young boy. After graduating from college he ventured into the world of Corporate Management, Sales and Marketing for a Telecommunications giant, but while working many hours he still found the time to write. Constantly inspired by those around him to "do something with his gift" of storytelling, Matott began to write with the intention to publish.  He was picked up by Random House and Matott left the Corporate world to see if he could live the dream of being an author/speaker as his vocation. That was over twenty years and thirty some published books ago.

ABOUT THE BOOKWhen I Was a Boy . . . I Dreamed
Opening in a tree house that is every child's dream, this wonderfully and fancifully illustrated picture book story follows the memory of a grandfather type fellow as he shares his past dreams, uncovering the commonality of a young boys' dreams and pursuits, blurring the line between fantasy and reality. He is seen digging a hole to China, exploring jungles, battling underwater monsters, traveling back in time to the old west, building the ultimate tree house, finding the end of the rainbow, battling a dragon to save a maiden, the world's bravest firefighter, a one man band, the score winning Superbowl Champion, owning an outrageously wonderful ice cream shop (where any flavor that comes to mind can be conjured), and other far-flung hijinx. As the dream-telling draws to a close, the reader sees the man surrounded by mementos of all his adventures inside the coveted treehouse, bringing to question whether or not those dreams came true, but leaving no doubt that the man still dreams as he leaps out his window with a jet pack to fin

Assemblies for grades 1-3 are typically forty-five minutes

Assemblies for grades 4-8 are one hour.

Creative Writing Workshops are one hour.

Elementary Schools; Grade K-6

A minimum of 50 students. 

Microphone. For workshops, a large writing space. And, a bottle of water.

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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 Justin'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.


When I Was a Boy... I Dreamed Cover Image
By Justin Matott, Mark Ludy (Illustrator)
Please email or write store for pricing and availability information.
ISBN: 9781889191263
Availability: Special Request - May Not Be Available
Published: Skoob Books - September 15th, 2010

When I Was a Girl... I Dreamed Cover Image
Please email or write store for pricing and availability information.
ISBN: 9781889191256
Availability: Special Request - May Not Be Available
Published: Skoob Books - September 1st, 2010