About Mike's school visits


I have to admit I was a trouble maker when I was in grade school (principals still make me nervous). Even so, I still love visiting schools and talking to students about illustrating and writing books! My Power Point presentation includes samples of how I create a children’s book from initial concept sketches to the final paintings.  I also share personal stories from my earliest inspirations (teachers), to becoming an illustrator and writer, to the joys and challenges of my latest projects.  I talk about where my ideas come from and show examples of my creative process when working on a book.  After my presentation I will do some drawing demonstrations.  This is a fun, interactive session with the students that I really enjoy.  I will sign and donate the drawings to the school.

Click here to read some nice things people have said about my school visits.

Session Details

Presentation length:

30-35 minutes for K and 1st Grade

50-55 minutes for 2nd - 5th Grade

I can give up to four presentations a day.
Session size can vary from 20 to 250 students.

Please allow at least 10 minutes between sessions.


Grade Levels

K through 5th grade


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Equipment needed

 ~ A screen or white wall, in a room that can get fairly dark, for my PowerPoint presentation.

             *Please designate one room for all sessions

 ~ I will have my PowerPoint on a flash drive. I will also bring my laptop and projector.

~ Sound system and microphone (preferably hands-free) if the session size is larger than 80 students.

 I will bring everything else I need!



I've had many absolutely wonderful school visits. Here are a few things that I think helped make them successful.

~ Familiarize the students with some of my books before my visit.

~ Let the teachers know about my website: www. mikewohnoutka.com

~ Designate one room for all sessions. Libraries are my favorite - It's always nice to be surrounded by books!

 ~ Try not to have different grade levels in a session.  Of course, 2nd and 3rd grade together is fine, but maybe not 1st and 5th. I try to gear each presentation to the specific grade level.



For availability or any questions please contact me at:

612-729-8631 or mwtka@yahoo.com


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