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Author Visits

Thanks for your interest in an author visit! I'm available for school and library visits, as well as conferences, festivals, and other events.

For school visits, I'm now booking for the 2024–25 school year. Please contact me for availability and pricing.


Mamie Tape Fights to go to School

 Signature School Visit

This signature visit consists of a 30-minute interactive presentation with additional 15 minutes for Q&A. Designed for students in Grades 2-4, but suitable for K-5.

Students will learn the little-known history of 8-year-old Chinese American changemaker Mamie Tape's fight to attend school in San Francisco in the 1880s, and the aftermath of her 1885 California Supreme Court case, Tape v. Hurley.

Centering themes of bravery and persistence, students will come away inspired by the powerful message that they too can be changemakers, starting with just one small step. The presentation also puts Mamie Tape's fight for school equality within the context of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and the collective steps of other notable young changemakers who took part in the long fight for school desegregation.

Includes read-aloud of the author's picture book Mamie Tape Fights to go to School and a behind-the-scenes look at the extensive research, writing, and illustration process (including special video from illustrator Michelle Jing Chan)…plus hidden secrets!

Optional add-on modules may include writing exercises and activities that take a deeper dive into the book’s themes. Pricing varies depending on total length and number of presentations. I’m happy to tailor my visit to fit your school’s needs.

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Author Traci Huahn sitting on a stage with students who are holding copies of Traci's book.
Photo of author Traci Huahn presenting her book to students while they are raising their hands.

What educators say...

“We loved having Traci come visit us! Her book is very well researched and we appreciated the historical details that brought this story to life. It's rare to find quality resources for teaching this important topic and we are glad to be able to share her book with our students. Lessons on school segregation often begin and end with Ruby Bridges, but this book allows us to show our students that school segregation has been an issue for Asian students as well. I highly recommend having Traci come visit your school and share her extensive knowledge with your students!”

 

–Cory Wareham, Teacher Librarian

Gordon J. Lau Elementary School

Traci Huahn in an auditorium with schoolchildren with overhead screen showing photo of Mamie Tape.

“Our school was thrilled to have Traci speak at our assembly and help us recognize AANHPI Month. Hearing Traci read her book about Mamie Tape and share her own experience researching and writing was inspirational. Traci's presentation was thoughtful and engaging from start to finish. Not only did we get an inside perspective on Mamie Tape’s true story, but we loved Traci's message that all children can be world-changers, all it takes is one small step.”

 

–Saratoga Elementary School

"The book Mamie Tape Fights to go to School is an important one, and our author visit with Traci Huahn was a wonderful opportunity we were grateful to have. She delivered a thoughtful, engaging presentation about an important and lesser-known part of California history. Our students learned so much and were able to make connections to other historical events, as well as their own lives through the theme of bravery, and being willing to take small steps towards bigger goals!

I would definitely suggest other schools host her as well!" 

 

–Marie Fox, School Librarian

Thornhill Elementary School

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Past Conference Panels

Four headshots of authors presenting for a panel at the Kweli children' literature conference.
Author Traci Huahn with photo of her book set against graphics for SCBWI event.
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