Whistling Ridge, the town Ivy's family visits in The Stars of Whistling Ridge, was loosely inspired by the town where Cindy's grandparents lived when she was a kid.

For Teachers

I love connecting with educators and students! If you’re interested in sharing my books with your students, here are some resources just for you.

School and Book Club Visits

Cindy teaching in front of a classroom. She is wearing a watermelon dress and there are several students in the room.

I love connecting with readers through visits to schools and book clubs! I’m currently offering virtual visits only. To contact me about scheduling a visit, please e-mail me at [email protected].

**Free classroom visit—30-minute reading and Q&A: ** I offer free 30-minute virtual visits on the video conferencing platform of your choice! During these visits I’ll share briefly about myself, read a selection from my latest book, and answer questions from your students. I offer these visits for in-person, distance learning, or hybrid classes. Please have your students prepare questions in advance.

**Free book club visit—30-minute reading and Q&A: ** I offer free 30-minute virtual visits for book clubs (children or adults!) who have read one of my books. During these visits I’ll introduce myself, read a selection from my latest book, and answer questions from book club members. These can be done on the video conferencing platform of your choice.

**Author presentation: “Struggles Into Superpowers": ** In this engaging virtual version of my in-person author talk, I’ll share how growing up with cystic fibrosis influenced my author journey, teaching me resilience and the true power of books. Through the story of how I became an author, I’ll show how the hardest things in our lives can sometimes lead us to our strongest superpowers. This presentation can be done on the video conferencing platform of your choice. Suitable for grades 3-8. (Cost $50)

**“Writing Workshop: “Three-Part Storytelling”: ** (30-60 minutes, depending on age) In this interactive workshop, I’ll teach students how to use the three parts of a story (beginning, middle, and end) to create strong, exciting stories of their own—based on the same three-act structure that grown-up authors study! After I’ve shared the secret things every beginning, middle, and end need, the kids and I will work together to put the principles into practice and build a collaborative story. For younger students, I’ll share a printable template for students to use in writing their own three-part stories later (Suitable for grades K-3). For older students and longer class times, I’ll allot part of the workshop for students to begin their own three-part stories, including a few minutes at the end for any students who wish to share what they’ve written (suitable for grades 5-8). (Cost: $30 for a 30-minute session with K-3 students; $60 for a 60-minute session for students in grade 5-8.)

See what other teachers are saying about classroom visits!

Cindy standing in front of a school bus. She has her hands on her hips and is smiling. Cindy Baldwin’s presentation for our 4th and 5th graders was a tremendous example of “triumph through adversity”, as she shared with us about her own personal health experiences and the journey of being a writer. Many of our students related to her statement that “not all stories have a happy ending”. Throughout Cindy’s time with us, we were able to make connections to the characters in her books–of relationship and family struggles, loss and yet learning to become a better person. I would highly recommend an author visit with Cindy Baldwin! — Heidi Mozelewski, Bellingham, WA

Loved meeting author Cindy Baldwin! Her presentation focused on the theme of resilience and I could tell it resonated with students. — Danae Powers, Seattle, WA

Resources Teaching my Books

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Questions

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