C.A. Goody's favorite part of being
an author is school visits.

Speaking to students and getting them excited about the writing process gives her such joy!

All of her children's stories are written in the first person by Charlie the cat, so she uses that perspective to teach students how to reach inside their own imaginations and see things from a different point of view. Imagine what the world would look like if your face was only three inches above the ground and you walked around on four legs. How would everyday things appear? Now apply that to a thirty-foot tall monster. How is everything different?  

She tells funny stories about the actual events that inspired each of her books, showing how things that happen every day can spark the student’s creativity to write.

Keeping in mind the age level of the students she is speaking to, she walks through the process of creating characters and then bringing them to life on paper, while using humor to make it all fun. Students leave the room wanting to get right to work on their own stories.

Each presentation lasts 30-40 minutes, and includes time for students to ask questions. She specializes in presenting to grades 1-5, by grade level or similar grades (1/2, 3/4 etc.) so she can address the writing process from what the students are currently learning.

Mrs. Goody is very aware of the funding problem in most schools, and knows that many have no budget for bringing in an author.  

For schools within Phoenix and the surrounding valley, she will do up to 3 presentations free of charge if the following conditions are met:

  1. The school agrees to purchase 1 set of her books for their library ($49 total for 10 books).  

  2. All students attending the presentations must be read 1-2 chapters out of any of C.A. Goody’s books at least 1 week before the visit.  If you do not have any of the books yet, let her know and she will send you a set in advance.

  3. C.A. Goody will provide a flyer to be printed and distributed to students at least 1 week in advance of her visits, offering her books for sale.  You may modify this flyer as needed.  Flyers should also be made available to students on the day of her visit, for any late orders.

Outside the Valley: Contact us through the link on this site.  Mrs. Goody will do everything possible to keep traveling expenses and fees to a minimum depending on where you are located.

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What teachers and librarians have to say:

“C.A Goody brings a certain magic to every school she visits. She develops an instant rapport with the students. She is not only a magnificent story teller, but she also explains the process that she goes through when writing her books. The children are so entranced with the characters and the story lines, they are immediately inspired to start writing their own.
Cheryl Mertz,
Teacher/Instructional Specialist
Desert Harbor Elementary
Peoria 623-486-6200

“Carla makes it so easy for the kids to use their own life experiences to create good writing. She shows them that it can be fun and exciting by using humor. She has a wonderful way of relating with the kids.
Shelley Clinite, 2nd Grade Teacher
Abraham Lincoln Traditional 
Phoenix 602-896-6300

"The primary classes loved her stories about how her story came to be, but their imaginations came to life when she read from her books. The intermediate students were inspired by her writing tips and empowered to be their own writers. Our collection of Charlie the Cat is widely circulated from our library and many students recommend it to others. You need her to visit and see the “Charlie effect” for yourself!
Holly Gutierrez
Media Specialist
Basha Elementary
Chandler 480-883-4400

“When C.A Goody starts talking,
the students are glued to their seats. I’ve seen her work with all age levels and the results are always the same: the students are elevated to new heights of creativity while laughing their heads off! Her ability to use humor while educating is amazing. She references the 6 traits in ways that even teachers learn better ways to explain them. And the students love her!

Dawn Glen
Copperwood Elementary
Glendale 623-412-4650