Upcoming Author Events


April 2, 2014
Lakeview Elementary School
Lake St. Louis, MO

April 14, 2014
MO Association of School Librarians
Spring Conference
8:30-9:00
10:30 to 11:00
St. Louis Union Station
Doubletree Hotel
St. Louis, MO

April 15, 2014
Providence Christian Academy
Author reading
Fenton, MO

May 9, 2014
Ozark Writing Project Youth Conference
Springfield, MO

Bookmarks from a young fan--thank you!

Thank you cards from Young Writers group at Holy Family School in South Bend

Thank you notes from Liberty Elementary students in Chesterton

Thank you cards from students at Morton Elementary School

Young reader at Carmel Clay Library Children's Author & Illustrator Festival

'Thank you' hand collage from Little Lamb Preschool in Valparaiso, IN

I would be glad to autograph copies of my picture book, NAME THAT DOG, at your school's Scholastic Book Fair.

Recent Events


December 7, 2013
Author Book Signing
Scholastic Book Fairs Warehouse
Fenton, MO 63026

November 30, 2013
Author Book signing and
Guest Bookseller
Main Street Books
St. Charles, MO 63301

November 22, 2013
Author Reading and Book Signing
B&N Bookstore
St Peters, MO 63376

November 21, 2013
Local Author Open House
Middendorf-Kredell Library
O'Fallon, MO

Missouri SCBWI Fall Conference
Breakout: Writing the Picture Book
with Nancy Polette
November 2, 2013

Author Visit to
Carlin Park Elementary School
October 16-17, 2013
Angola, IN

Book signing
Scholastic Book Fair Warehouse
Fenton, MO
May 18, 2013

Guest author, Writing for Children class:
Writing the Picture Book
March 28, 2013
Linneman Library
St. Charles, MO


Local Author Open House
November 29, 2012
Middendorf-Kredell Branch Library
O'Fallon, MO

November 10, 2012
Author Book Signing
Indianapolis State Fairgrounds
Indianapolis, IN

May 24, 2012
Writing for Children Class
Author presentaion
MK Library
O'Fallon, MO

April 25, 2012
Immaculate Conception School Dardene
O'Fallon, MO

March 7, 2012
Providence Christian Academy
Classroom Author Visit
St. Louis, MO

February 29, 2012
Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
Hammond, IN

February 28, 2012
Edison Elementary School
Hammond, IN

February 28, 2012
Beta Delta Chapter,
Delta Kappa Gamma
Hammond, IN

January 26, 2012
Greenview Elementary School
Classroom author visit
South Euclid, OH

December 16, 2011
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Christmas Breakfast
Fenton, MO

December 9, 2011
Main Street Books
Celebrity Bookselling
St. Charles, MO

November 29, 2011
Author Open House
MK Public Library
O'Fallon, MO

October 22, 2011
B&N Booksellers
Mid Rivers Mall
St. Peters, MO

May 21, 2011
Kids Ink Children's Bookstore
Indianapolis, IN

April 14, 2011
Holy Family Elementary School
Author Visit
Young Writers Group
South Bend, IN

March 25, 2011
Fieler Elementary School
Author Visit
Merrillville, IN

March 18, 2011
Northview Elementary School
Author Visit
Valparaiso, IN

March 15, 2011
Boone Grove Elementary School
Young Author Fair
Boone Grove, IN

March 12, 2011
Starke County Young Artists Day
North Judson, IN

March 5, 2011
Author Bookfair & Panel
Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Carmel, IN

February 19, 2011
Anderson's Bookshop's
Children's Literature Breakfast
Glen Ellyn, IL
www.AndersonsBookshop.com

January 14, 2011
Kindercare of St. Charles
St. Charles, MO

December 11, 2010
The Bookstore
The Lighthouse Mall
Michigan City, IN

December 4, 2010
Holiday Author Fair
Indiana History Center
Indianapolis, IN

November 6, 2010
Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center
2800 Colorado Street
Lake Station, IN
www.mybellaboos.com

October 28, 2010
IWC Banquet and Author Panel:
The Road to Publishing
Valparaiso, IN

October 23, 2010
Author Visit & Presentation
Portage Public Library
Portage, IN

September 24, 2010
Reach Out and Read
Clarian Fairbanks Building
Indianapolis, IN

September 18, 2010
Citizens Financial Bank
Author Reading Event
Valparaiso,IN

July 17, 2010
IWC Networking Picnic
Children's Corner
Munster, IN

June 19, 2010
Local Authors Event
2:00 to 4:00pm
B&N Bookstore
Valparaiso, IN


May 4, 2010
Young Author Event
Van Buren Elementary School
Plainfield, IN

April 24, 2010
"Be Kind to Animals Celebration"
Porter County Expo Center
Valparaiso, IN

April 24, 2010
Book Launch!
Valparaiso Public Library
Valparaiso, IN

April 22, 2010
LaPorte County Public Library
LaPorte, IN

April 15, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Chesterton Elementary Schools
Chesterton, IN

April 10, 2010
Mitchell Community Public Library
Afternoon Tea with Author
Author visit & Presentation
Mitchell, IN

March 6, 2010
Starke County
Young Artists Day
North Judson, IN

February 27, 2010
Warsaw Public Library
Writing the Picture Book
Warsaw, IN

November 30, 2009
Westville Elementary School
Student Book Club
Westville, IN

November 17, 2009
Morton Elementary
Kindergarten #101
Hammond, IN

Thursday, November 12, 2009
Zion Lutheran School
Bethalto, IL

November 10, 2009
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library
Zionsville, IN 46077

October 3, 2009
Writing the Picture Book
Carnegie Center
Rensellaer, IN

July 9, 2009
Lake County Public Library
Summer Reading Program
Merrillville, IN

May 16, 2009
Carmel Clay Public Library
2009 Children's Author & Illustrator Festival
Carmel, IN

March 10, 2009
Emmanuel-St. Michael schools
Fort Wayne, IN

March 7, 2009
Stark County
Young Artists Conference
North Judson, IN

January 3, 2009
Parents As Teachers Bookfair
Barnes & Noble,
Merrillville, IN

November 22, 2008
Chesterton Public Library
Chesterton, IN

November 22, 2008
Merr. Schools Bookfair
Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Merrillville, IN

November 18, 2008
Beiriger Elementary School
Wadsworth Elementary School
Griffith, IN

November 11, 2008
Little Lamb Preschool
Valparaiso, IN

November 8, 2008
Borders Bookstore
St. Peters, MO

May 21, 2008
Westville Elementary School
Accelerated Reading Awards Program
Westville, IN

May 7, 2008
Calumet High School
Write Now! Aspiring Author Workshop
Gary, IN

April 12, 2008
Reader's Square Bookstore
Crown Point, IN

December 6, 2007
Always Learning Center
Valparaiso, IN

November 27, 2007
Babies R Us
Merrillville, IN

November 17, 2007
Orland Park Library
Orland Park, IL

November 15, 2007
Hobart Public Library
Hobart, IN

November 14, 2007
Cedar Lake Library
Cedar Lake, IN

November 6, 2007
Coolspring Library
Michigan City, IN

November 3, 2007
Books Alive Bookstore
Taste of Thai
Chesterton, IN

October 19, 2007
Morgan Township Elementary School
Valparaiso, IN

October 12, 2007
Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Valparaiso, IN

September 29, 2007
Educators' Reception
Borders Bookstore
Merrillville, IN

September 28, 2007
Educators' Reception
Borders Bookstore
Highland, IN

September 21, 2007
Michigan City Library
Homeschool Group
Michigan City, IN

July 24, 2007
Hobart Summer Parks Program
Hobart, IN

July 12, 2007
Holy Family Child Care Center
Crown Point, IN

May 14, 2007
Valpo YMCA
Valparaiso, IN

May 7, 2007
Write Now!
Aspiring Author's
Poetry Workshop
Calumet High School
Gary, IN

April 28, 2007
SCBWI Spring Conference for Children's Writers & Illustrators
Purdue University Calumet
Hammond, IN

April 25, 2007
Children's Author Panel
Mitchell Books
Fort Wayne, IN

February 8, 2007
Hebron Elementary School
Hebron, IN

November 20, 2006
Holy Family Child Center
Crown Point, IN

November 17, 2006
Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Valparaiso, IN

November 17, 2006
Salk Elementary School
Merrillville, IN

November 16, 2006
John Wood Elementary
Homer Iddings Elementary
Merrillville, IN

November 15, 2006
Little Lamb Pre-School
Valparaiso, IN

November 15, 2006
Early Education Center
Hebron, IN

November 14, 2006
Edgar L. Miller Elementary
Henry P. Fieler Elementary
Merrillville, IN

November 12, 2006
Borders Bookstore
Orland Park, IL

November 12, 2006
Borders Bookstore
LaGrange, IL

November 10, 2006
Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Merrillville, IN

November 9, 2006
West Central Elementary School
Francesville, IN

November 8, 2006
Union Center Elementary School
Wheeler, IN

November 7, 2006
Victory Christian Academy
Valparaiso, IN

October 28, Saturday
Borders Bookstore
Merrillville, IN

October 14 Saturday
Borders Bookstore
Highland, IN

September 14, 2006
Scholastic Book Fair Workshop
Valparaiso, IN

June 8, 2006
Valparaiso Public Library
Valparaiso, IN

May 15, 2006
Calumet High School
Gary, IN
Aspiring Authors Workshop

April 19, 2006
Solon Robinson Elementary School
Crown Point, IN

April 7, 2006
Timothy Ball Elementary School
Crown Point, IN

April 4, 2006
Lowell Library
Lowell, IN

February 22, 2006
Calumet College
Visiting Authors Program
Whiting, IN

Peggy Archer
Best-selling Children’s Author


When she is not writing for children, Peggy enjoys speaking to young people and adults in schools and libraries. Below is a list of her presentations. Other presentations or workshops not listed can also be arranged by contacting the author.

Peggy is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), and is a former Assistant Regional Advisor for Indiana SCBWI. She is also a member of the Author’s Guild and a member of the Indiana Writers' Consortium.

She now lives in O'Fallon, Missouri.

Author Presentations


Below are general descriptions, with final agenda to be agreed upon by the event coordinator and the author. All sessions include time for questions. Author will be available for book signing. Handouts will be provided which may be copied for the group. See the Teachers' Guides under the link to my books for ideas on some ways to use my books in the classroom.

1— From idea to published book—the making of a picture book--any age
Will show how a picture book grows from idea to the finished book. Visuals include copies of author’s writing and revisions, letters from editor with suggested changes, illustrator’s sketches, color artwork, cover, F&G’s, and finally the published book. Will read from her books, inviting participation from students. May show some of the writing techniques used in writing her picture books if time allows.

2— Writing poetry, for children/​students—may be adapted for elementary through high school
Will talk about how to turn words into poetry, including language, rhythm and rhyme. Uses visuals from the author’s picture books, From Dawn to Dreams and Name That Dog! as well as other children’s poetry books. Other visuals include illustrator’s sketches, color artwork, cover, F&G’s, and the published book. Includes the writing process and revision. Covers different types of poems with examples. Will vary with different age groups, and on time allowed.

3— Writing workshop, for children/​students—may be adapted for elementary through high school
Brainstorming—how to get ideas; how the character drives the action; creating tension; using the ‘what if’ factor; using detail to ‘show’ instead of ‘tell’ your story; the illustrator’s contribution; a twist at the end; and coming full circle.

4— An Author’s Journey—students/​adults
From reader, to nurse, to mom, to published author. The life of an author—Is it fun? Is it hard? What about rejection? How do you get your book published? Do you get to be famous? How much do you get paid?

5— Writing for the children’s magazine market—any age
Covers the difference between a picture book and a magazine story. Marketing—what editors are looking for. Research—how to target the right magazine. Examples from the author’s published works and other works.

6— Workshop for adults or older students on writing a picture book.
Part I—The Nuts and Bolts of Writing the Picture Book. Includes a look at genres and writing techniques and tips. Uses examples from the author’s published picture books and other picture books. Part II—Revision and Marketing. Will talk about how to revise, market research, and how to submit your manuscript. Questions are welcome. This workshop can be covered in a 2 ½ to 3 hour session, or in multiple sessions.

7—Writing Poetry for Children—workshop for adults
Goes over tips for writing a picture book of poems, using examples from the author’s published picture books and other picture books. Talks about different types of poems, how to make your rhyme shine, how to organize a collection of poems within a picture book, and targeting your age group. Includes where to get ideas, networking, marketing, “do’s and don’ts,” and how to break into the children’s market. The amount of material covered, and if writing exercises are included, depends on the amount of time allowed. This workshop can be covered in multiple sessions.

*Possible Elementary School Visit Plan (depending on grades and size of classes)

morning presentation to whole school or to younger classes only
(may be 1 or 2 groups): From idea to published book—the making of a picture book (described above #1).

afternoon presentation for grades 3 and up, in 1 or 2 groups::
Fiction Workshop (all or some of the following may be included): brainstorming—how to get ideas; how the character drives the action; creating tension; using the ‘what if’ factor; using detail to ‘show’ instead of ‘tell’ your story; the illustrator’s contribution; a twist at the end; and coming full circle.

OR

Poetry Workshop (all or some of the following may be included):
brainstorming--how to get ideas; rhythm; how language choice creates details; to rhyme or not to rhyme; emotional content.

alternate afternoon presentation for grades 3 and up, in 1 or 2 groups:
An Author’s Journey— from reader, to nurse, to mom, to published author. The life of an author—Is it fun? Is it hard? What about rejection? How do you get your book published? Do you get to be famous? How much do you get paid?

Presentation Testimonials


(feel free to contact coordinators from past events for reference)

"One of the highlights of the presentation was when the children got to speak with the author one on one. Ms. Archer took time with each child during the book signing. The children liked how she asked about their pets and was so friendly. She has such passion for kids and the books she writes for them." -Katie Belcher, 2nd grade Teacher and Mom, Boone Grove Elementary School

"Mrs. Archer had a fantastic powerpoint presentation! She related well to our kindergarten through 5th grade students and took time to answer questions and speak to every student individually as she signed her books for them. I got many positive comments from both parents and students...." -Laurie Gustke, 1st grade Teacher/​Young Authors' Conference coordinator, Boone Grove Elementary School

“Archer offers rich insight to beginning writers to help inform, inspire, and ignite us into getting our pieces published!” –Cindy Nash, author and 4th grade teacher

“If your area ever needs a good person to teach people in a community about how to become a great writer of children's picture books - call Peggy!” –Cheryl Chapman, children’s writer, retired teacher

“Peggy power-packed into 2 ½ hours a full day’s worth of information. The handouts were great, the question and answer time very informative, and the two workshops well organized....” –Donna Frisinger, author

“It was a great presentation—informative for the students who are writing and interested in writing.” –Beiriger Elementary School, Griffith, IN

“Peggy’s presentation was just delightful and enjoyed by everyone. It was so nice to have the author of a very special book, Turkey Surprise, honoring a beautiful holiday that tends to get lost in the shuffle.” –Westchester Library, Chesterton, IN

“Archer's enthusiasm for children's literature and the whole writing process was inspirational to our students.” —Fiona McCarroll, Media Specialist, Solon Robinson Elementary, Crown Point, IN

" The students at VCA had a blast listening to Archer read Turkey Surprise. They liked interacting with the author, and found out how diverse the foods are that we eat at Thanksgiving. The older students also enjoyed learning about the process involved in writing a book and getting it published." –Cheryl Wooten, Parent, Victory Christian Academy, Valparaiso, IN

“Peggy Archer has a thorough knowledge of poetry essentials. She provides
students with examples of elements and helps them to explore the impact of
rhythm and word choice.”—Charmaine Wierzbicki, English Teacher, Calumet High School, Gary, IN

Contact Information


For more information, or to schedule an author visit and for presentation fees, please contact Peggy Archer at:

284 Royallmanor Lane
O'Fallon, Missouri 63368