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I offer affordable, customized, online presentations that meet literacy standards.

Click here for more information about school visits. 



The following virtual options will be available to schools this fall.

  • A live Zoom or Google Meet with your school, each presentation lasting approximately 40 minutes. 

    • I’ll work with grade level groups to design the program that best fits your needs. 

    • Most schools prefer to do two or three presentations, grouping by grade. Ex: K and grade1 together, or grades 2 and 3 or 4 and 5 together. This is an individual school choice and I’ll work with you to make those decisions.

    • I charge per large group presentation, and I’m flexible to your needs. 

    • Email MelindaLongbooks@gmail.com for specific pricing and availability. 

    • In addition to school checks, I accept Venmo and PayPal.​


For individual teachers who would like to offer a meet with their class or just a few classes, I offer the following:


  • A live presentation for individual classes through Google Meet or a similar link. 

    • Since these presentations are shorter and for a single classrooms, the cost is much less than my normal cost for larger groups and longer presentations. 

    • Email MelindaLongBooks@gmail.com for specific pricing and availability.

    • Each classroom would receive a personalized visit. 

    • I will work with your contact such as a lead teacher or literacy coach to cover whatever topics they choose for a given grade level or classroom goals.

    • In addition to school checks, I accept Venmo and PayPal.

***Both programs are provided at reduced rates. As with any regular school visit, both programs will make book sales available, but not required. Either program could be considered a virtual field trip.


Praise for Melinda Long virtual presentations.


Thanks to our wonderful PTA,


had a wonderful time today with author Melinda Long! Thank you so much for joining us!



ART SMART SCIENCE DETECTIVE: THE CASE OF THE SLIDING SPACESHIP is now available. I’m very excited about this one because it is my first chapter book and it works well with STEM/STEAM classrooms in 1st-5th grade. 

Art Smart school visits available now.

Click here for the Christine Henderson interview.

Art Smart, Science Detective

The Case of the Sliding Spaceship

Melinda Long

Illustrated by Monica Wyrick


When Art and his friends—Robbie, Jason, and Amy—are having a sleepover, they decide to use Art’s telescope for some stargazing. They are shocked to see a purple spaceship hurtling toward Earth. While his parents think his imagination is getting the best of him, Art thinks Earth is at risk of an alien invasion. What should he do? Should Art and his fellow science detectives alert the authorities, or should they take matters into their own hands?

When the local police don’t seem concerned about Art’s report, the group decides to apply their knowledge of science and critical thinking skills to prepare for the impending attack. They need a plan—and fast!

What transpires as they gear up for the spaceship’s arrival will amuse and educate. Art Smart, Science Detective will appeal to budding scientists and even reluctant young readers as it answers burning questions such as “How close is science fiction to real life?” and “Can peanut butter really keep your brain safe from an alien assault?” This entertaining journey through the science of the sky is easily incorporated into middle-grade science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics courses.