Meriden Public Schools

Author Visits

Meriden Public Schools partnered with RJ Julia Booksellers in 2001 to bring a wide range of authors to present to students in our district. This collaboration has been extremely rewarding to our students, staff, families and community as these authors have covered a wide range of interesting topics and subject matters.

We’ve had over 40 authors present in our schools to students of all grade levels; elementary, middle and young adult presentations. Our students have met world renowned poets, illustrators, chefs, movie producers, TV actors and movie stars, sportscasters, and even a Supreme Court Justice.

These presentations have provided our students with insight and experiences that will help guide them to opportunities that await them as they navigate through our Meriden Public Schools and beyond. We are excited about the many authors that have presented and we look forward to our next author presentation.


Tony Abbott Lunchbox Dream
Kwame Alexander The Crossover Series
Avi Sophia's War
Lee Bacon Joshua Dread
Dave Barry The Worst Class Trip Ever
  The Worst Night Ever
Nora Raleigh Baskin Anything But Typical
Mike Berenstain The Berenstain Bears
Max Brallier Galactic Hot Dogs 1:Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway
Nick Cannon Neon Aliens Ate My Homework
Soman Chainani The School of Good and Evil - Series 1 to 5
Leslie Conner All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
Tony DiTerlizzi The Search for Wondla
Chris Grabenstein Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race
Tommy Greenwald Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading
Nikki Grimes Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir
Jake Halpren World's End
Robie H. Harris What's So Yummy
Tad Hills Duck and Goose - Let's Dance
John Himmelman Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny
Brendan Kiely Tradition
Zach King The Magical Mixup
Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Mike Lupica Batting Order
Chris Lynch Killing Time in Crystal City
Morgan Matson Second Chance Summer
Mike Myklusch The Accidental Hero
Marilyn Nelson How I Discovered Poetry
Michael Northrup Tombquest
George O'Connor Olympians: Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess
Tod Olson Lost in the Pacific, 1942
Dav Pilkey Captain Underpants
Jason Reynolds The Boy in the Black Suit
  Long Way Down
Karuna Riazi The Gauntlet
Sharon Robinson The Hero Two Doors Down
Geoff Rodkey Deadweather and Sunrise
Jeffrey Salane Lawless
Jordan Sonnenblick After Ever After
Sonia Sotomayer Just Ask
Octavia Spencer Ninja Detective
Scott Starkey The Call of the Bully
R. L. Stine Goosebumps-Slappy Birthday to You!
  Goosebumps-It Came from Ohio!
Tui T. Sutherland Wings of Fire: Book One
David Willliams The Midnight Gang
Andrew Zimmern AZ and the Lost City of Ophir
  Bizarre Truth