Take Your School on an International Field Trip
with KeeKee, the world-traveling calico kitty, and her award-winning book series!
Author Shannon Jones takes students along with KeeKee to explore the sights, sounds, and taste of these incredible cities. Students will share KeeKee’s delight as they make new friends, discover exciting places, and immerse themselves in these fascinating cultures.
Download our School Visit Brochure to share with your Teachers, Librarians, and PTA.
School Visits: Explore the World, Reading & Writing
Shannon regularly presents to Pre-K through 5th grades. School programs are tailored to the grade level(s) and run 60 minutes followed by a book signing. Her energetic, interactive and kid-friendly programs can include:
Multi-media, engaging reading of one of the KeeKee books.
Virtual City Tours
Learn more about the sights in Rome, Paris, Athens, and Amsterdam in these interactive sessions.
Language Around the World
Explore the international languages from KeeKee’s adventures with this call and response session.
How A Book Is Made
Go behind-the-scenes from idea to design to the printed book.
Become an Author or Illustrator
How Shannon & Casey got their start – and how you can too!
Questions & Answers Time
Students and teachers may ask questions about any of the topics.
What Teachers & Librarians Are Saying
“Your presentation captivated the entire student body… What a great way to take an international field trip without leaving the school.”
– Teri Finn, Principal, Hamilton ES
“My students were inspired and engaged by the thoughtful and well-organized presentation about your journey as an author. They loved the story lines of your books… Thank you for being a a fantastic role model for my students!”
– Heather Clark, 1st Grade Teacher, Sleepy Hollow ES
“Shannon is an outstanding and enthusiastic presenter and the children loved her visit. She is very knowledgeable and her presentation is well-organized. Shannon really inspired my students to stretch themselves as readers and writers.”
– Laura Dixon, 2nd Grade Teacher, Thomas Jefferson ES
“Shannon brought the world of being an author to life for the students and teachers when she visited our school. Her presentation was inspirational and made the students feel that writing a story had possibilities beyond the classroom.”
– Peggy Moats, Librarian, Catoctin ES
See more photos from our School Visits in the Events section.
A Little About Shannon
Shannon’s love of travel began at a young age. It opened her eyes and ears to the world. As a grownup, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with her husband Paul and kitty KeeKee, the idea for KeeKee’s Big Adventures was born. After twenty-five years in the marketing field, Shannon is on her new adventures, following her passion for writing and excited to be helping kids in their quest for learning and discovery.
Schedule Your Event
A full-day school visit can include up to 4 assemblies or presentations and Pre-K/K reading, ideal for keeping the appropriate grade levels together (half-day allows for 2 assemblies). Shannon can also do Author Nights, International Days / Nights, Bedtime Stories Events and more!
Our gift with each full-day school visit…4 KeeKee books FREE for your library!
Event fees vary from a full-day school visit honorarium to a combination and book sales (see below). If more than 30 miles from Sarasota, FL, travel and lodging expenses may be needed.
Contact Shannon to discuss what can work best for your school.
As students are often eager to have a signed copy of a KeeKee book, we encourage books sales and signings by the author. We can take care of the book sales for you in a super easy way. Or you can work with your local bookstore.
We offer the KeeKee books at the wholesale price to schools, 40% off retail or $10.19 per book. You can either sell the books for the retail price of $16.99 to raise funds for your school / pay for the school visit fee, or you can sell for the $10.19 wholesale price passing the savings onto the students and families.
We provide a customized order form for your school to send home with students. Students bring their payment the day of the event and we’ll have the books to fulfill their orders and for Shannon to sign.
All you have to do is send the forms home and collect them the day of the event with payment attached.
Contact Shannon for more information about school visits and scheduling!
The Teacher & Librarian Activities section of our website offers great learning activities to engage and educate students in advance of Shannon’s visit.
Students walk away excited about reading, writing, learning and exploring our world!