For Educators

Educators and books literally changed my life and, working with experienced educators, we’ve developed a bounty of free resources for you below. I also love to do virtual and in-person school visits around the corner and around the world. You can contact me through the form on the bottom of this page.  We’re continuing to develop new resources and would love to hear from you. about what would best help support you in your work.  I’m always happy to collaborate on developing a program for a whole-school read of Smack Dab or a book fair or other event using Smack Dab.  You can read about some of the programs that I’ve done here.  with “Cross Curricular Program” at the top.


Free Resources

I am happy to offer #goopen resources for teachers to use in their classrooms. Explore the links below for these free resources!

To apply to for a grant valued at $2500 to take part in a free mentored implementation of the “Building Grit Kit,” click on this link.

Jo Hackl was an absolute treat to have visit our school. As evidenced by her realistic portrayal of Cricket in Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe, Jo completely gets the natural curiosity of our elementary students– her audience was enthralled with her storytelling, props, and relevant insights on the writing and editing process. My only regret of Jo’s visit to our school was not having enough time to have her work with students on some of her writing-specific presentations, like “using the power of poetry techniques to make your writing shine.” Students connected with Jo, not just because they love her book, but because they were respected as fellow writers, readers, and nature-lovers.

–Mollee Holloman, Manteo Elementary

Jo Hackl takes young readers on an adventurous journey filled with resilience, love and suspense. The way she intricately weaves together people and places kept my scholars wanting to spend hours combing through the novel.  My scholars were able to escape the world’s “New Norm” of masks and quarantine and live vicariously through Cricket as she races the clock on her quest for “home.”

– N. Cole –  Communities In Schools, Morningside Middle School

I also offer special incentives to educators who order Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe for their classroom libraries!

Please email to let us know that you bought the book, and we will send you some free Smack Dab swag, like a signed poster and a flowering plant fort kit. You will also be entered to win a Skype or in-person visit to your classroom.

For additional resources and activities, be sure to check out what I have for readers and book clubs!

School Visits (Virtual Options Available)

I offer school visits year-round to educators and students throughout the world. To schedule a school visit or school event, please contact me or use the form below.  If your dates are flexible, please indicate that, and we can work together to find a time that works for us both.

I offer a variety of presentations and workshops for elementary and middle school audiences and am happy to collaborate to tailor a whole school read, book fair, or cross curricular program.  You can find out more about collaborations I have done through this link.  I also offer presentations featuring:

  • STEAM and STEM Topics
  • The Free Building Grit Kits
  • Easy Ways to Harness the Power of Nature to Empower Students to Become Less Stressed and More Focused
  • Using the Power of Poetry to Express Diverse Perspectives and Improve Overall Writing
  • Engaging Your Curiosity to Take Your Writing to the Next Level
  • Workshops to use Visual Art and Music to Inspire Writing
  • Making Writing and Revision Fun with the Writing and Revision Toolkit
  • Creating a Music Playlist to Analyze a Fictional Book
  • Writing and Revision Workshops for Students of all Ages
  • Book-Club Talks

In lieu of an honorarium, I ask that you buy copies of Smack Dab for children that you select, and I am happy to personally inscribe each one with a note of encouragement.

Book Jo

If you’re interested in having Jo visit your school (in-person or virtually) or attend your school event, please fill out the following form:

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