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Author and Illustrator  Visits
Details | Fees | Inspiring the Imagination | Schedule a Visit | Downloadable Flyer | Classroom Guides

Where can young imaginations travel?

What others are saying

“Julie and John offered a wonderful presentation that explained the process of writing and illustrating a book, invited the children to ask questions and encouraged the kids to participate in the creative process.”
Maureen Banas, author/illustrator chair, Right-to-Read Week
Wilcox Primary School
Twinsburg, Ohio

An author visit and/or illustrator visit brings reading to life for students through a creative, educational program with children’s book illustrator John Ferguson and author Julie Goulis.

Ferguson and Goulis have inspired thousands of students through visits to schools in Ohio and beyond. Based on feedback and student reaction, their programs are a big hit with students, teachers and parents – captivating and motivating students from kindergarten up to 8th grade.

During the presentation, children will:

  • Enjoy animated readings
  • Learn how a book is created
  • See hand-drawn illustrations before they become final artwork
  • Participate in imagination-building activities


Ferguson and/or Goulis are available to visit your school to teach students about illustrating, writing, creating a book, and the importance of reading and using the imagination for full day and half day visits. Each presentation lasts approximately 35 to 40 minutes (maximum recommended group size per presentation is 60-80 students). Parents and teachers are also given the opportunity to purchase discounted, autographed copies of their books.

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  • Full-day illustrator or author visit: $595.00 + mileage
  • Half-day illustrator or author visit: $350.00 + mileage


  • Full-day illustrator and author visit: $800.00 + mileage
  • Half-day illustrator and author visit: $550.00 + mileage

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AuthorInspiring the Imagination
John Ferguson and author Julie Goulis are the co-creators of:

  • The Things A String Can Be
  • Something Shiny, Something Round (named a “Best Book by Local Author” by the Akron Beacon Journal)
  • The Topsy-Turvy Towel (a Book Sense Top 10 Children’s Pick)

Their books are published by Cleveland-based publisher Bubblegum Books (www.BubblegumBooks.com), a company dedicated to stretching children’s imaginations. Each one comes with an activity guide that helps teachers interact with students and encourages them to think creatively. Each book also has grade-appropriate classroom guides available.

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To Schedule a Visit
Stretch your students’ imaginations! For more information or to schedule a visit, please contact Brad Hauber at 1-216-410-5990 or bradh@bubblegumbooks.com.

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What others are saying

“The kids have been talking about him [John Ferguson] every day since he was here. The teachers also were so impressed with him. He has a great way with students and adults. One of the kids told me that Mr. Ferguson is still like a little kid.”
Margie Patterson, reading specialist
West Boulevard Elementary
oardman, OH

Downloadable Flyer
Download the School Visits flyer (pdf) for printing.

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Classroom Guides

Attention Teachers: Classroom Guides Available
Incorporate the books into your lessons! Classroom guides for each book are available for grades 1-3 and grades 4-6. The guides were developed with help from teachers to adhere to state standards. Each guide is four pages long and filled with interesting, educational activities.

Please email bradh@bubblegumbooks.com for more information.

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