Celeste Lim

Children's book author

Author Visit Guidelines


  • Please confirm dates, financial arrangements, transportation and scheduling before sharing with school staff.
  • Check the student preparation guideline for each presentation. To get the most out of the visit, students should have read the book beforehand. Prepare the students and get them excited about the upcoming visit!
  • If presenting to a crowd larger than an intimate classroom size (40 students max), or in larger rooms, such as a hall or gym, Celeste will need a microphone. Please check the system prior to the visit.
  • Please allow at least 10 minutes of unscheduled time between presentations. Extra time in the day can be used for presentations by students, autographing, and such. For lunch break, please allow at least one hour, not including travel time.
  • An escort from place to place within the school compound is appreciated.
  • Please do book sales, especially pre-ordering, which can often be handled by local children's booksellers. Pre-ordering helps bring anticipation to the visit and nothing is more exciting to a child than having a book signed by the author they just met.
  • Celeste supplies and signs postcards or bookmarks for students. Depending upon her travel schedule, Celeste is glad to remain after school to finish signing books. For books that cannot be signed during the visit, students can send adhesive labels with a SASE for Celeste to autograph. For non-local visits, Celeste is happy to sign books in the hotel room the evening before.
  • It is encouraged that Celeste's visit be publicized through local media. She is happy to give interviews.
  • Celeste is perfectly happy eating on site, in a home, or at a restaurant.
  • Upon finalizing the visit, both parties will need to sign a letter of agreement, and 50% of the honorarium payment is due on signing. The balance will be due at the end of the visit. Alternatively, full payment may be made in advance. Invoices are available upon request.
  • Author visits are divided into the following:

Class visits (for an intimate classroom-sized audience, 40 or less students)

Speaking engagements (for larger crowds of more than 40)

Virtual visits

Writing workshops (not more than 25)

Class Visits


The Lunar New Year

Grade level: 3 or 4

Duration: 50 minutes

Student preparation: an author study is recommended.

Equipment requirement: Projector-computer-screen set up, easel with pad of paper. Microphone needed for class of more than 30 students. Each student will need art paper, and a hard surface, preferably a table, to work on. Celeste will provide each student with calligraphy ink and brushes.

Using her book and a PowerPoint presentation, Celeste explains and shares the customs of the Lunar New Year. This program includes a traditional New Year decoration calligraphy draw-along and Q&A.


The Mid-Autumn Festival

Grade level: 3, 4 or 5

Duration: 50 minutes

Student preparation: an author study is recommended.
Equipment requirement: Preferably a place conducive to food handling, like the cafeteria. Handless, wireless or lapel microphone. Easel with pad of paper. Each student will need a table to work on, an apron, a hair cap and gloves. Celeste will provide the mooncake molds, pre-kneaded dough and mooncake stuffing. No stoves, ovens or microwaves needed.


Using her book and pictures, Celeste explains and shares the customs of the Mid-Autumn Festival. This program includes a simple cooking class in making mini mooncakes and Q&A.


The Ghost Festival & the Meaning of Death in Chinese Culture

Grade level: 4 and up

Duration: 50 minutes

Student preparation: an author study is recommended.
Equipment requirement: Projector-computer-screen set up, easel with pad of paper or whiteboard, thick marker. Microphone needed for class of more than 30 students. Each student will need a pen or pencil. Celeste will provide the tools and ingredients needed for the craft.


Using her book and a PowerPoint presentation, Celeste explains and shares the customs of the Ghost Festival, and discusses the meaning of the Chinese belief of death and reincarnation. This program includes a traditional Chinese amulet making session and Q&A.


Behind "The Crystal Ribbon” (younger audience)

Grade level: 3, 4 or 5

Duration: 50 minutes

Student preparation: It is strongly encouraged that students read THE CRYSTAL RIBBON before attending this lecture.
Equipment requirement: Projector-computer-screen set up, easel with pad of paper or whiteboard, thick marker. Microphone needed for class of more than 30 students. Each student will need paper, pencil or crayons, and a hard surface, preferably a table, to work on.


Learn about the childhood experiences and myths that inspired Celeste's book in this PowerPoint presentation. This program includes a drawing session encouraging students to imagine/invent their own guardian jing, and Q&A.


Behind "The Crystal Ribbon” (older audience)

Grade level: 6, 7 or 8

Duration: 50 minutes

Student preparation: It is strongly encouraged that students read THE CRYSTAL RIBBON before attending this lecture.
Equipment requirement: Projector-computer-screen set up. Microphone needed for class of more than 30 students.


In a PowerPoint presentation, Celeste will share her childhood experiences that inspired the book, and also the historical and cultural significance of the story, including a short discussion on the practice of tongyang xi and the image of the Chinese wife. This program also includes a fun game and introduction to traditional Chinese fortune-telling and Q&A.


Theme discussion: The Home of the Spirit

Grade level: 6, 7 or 8

Duration: 50 minutes

Student preparation: It is strongly encouraged that students read THE CRYSTAL RIBBON before attending this lecture.
Equipment requirement: Projector-computer-screen set up. Microphone needed for class of more than 30 students.


In a PowerPoint presentation, Celeste will talk about one of the major themes in the book, the idea of belonging. She will share some of her own experiences on the subject and how people can use this to empower themselves. Discussion and Q&A to follow.

Speaking Engagements


Behind "The Crystal Ribbon”

Grade level: 5 and up

Duration: 50 minutes

Student preparation: It is strongly encouraged that students read THE CRYSTAL RIBBON before attending this lecture.
Equipment requirement: Projector-computer-screen set up, microphone.


In a PowerPoint presentation, Celeste will share her childhood experiences and myths that inspired the book, and also the historical and cultural significance of the story. Q&A to follow.


On Growing Up Malaysian Chinese & the Importance of Curiosity

Grade level: 5 and up

Duration: 50 minutes

Student preparation: an author study is recommended.
Equipment requirement: Projector-computer-screen set up, microphone.


In a PowerPoint presentation, Celeste will share her childhood experiences that inspired curiosity and also her solitary journey overseas in search of magic and the realization of her dreams and purpose in life. Q&A to follow.


The Road to Publication & the Importance of Perseverance

Grade level: 7 and up

Duration: 50 minutes

Student preparation: an author study is recommended.
Equipment requirement: Projector-computer-screen set up, microphone.


In a PowerPoint presentation, Celeste will share her writing experiences, and also her journey through publication, from manuscript to finished novel. Q&A to follow.

Virtual Visits


The Writer’s Nest

Grade level: 3 and up

Student preparation: an author study is recommended.
Equipment requirement: Skype


Celeste will talk about THE CRYSTAL RIBBON and her writing time and space. Students will get a virtual tour through Celeste’s art studio, and meet her fluffy Pomeranian, Hamlet. Q&A to follow.

Writing Workshops


Writing from your Reservoir of Seminal Experience

Audience: 7 and up (including adult)

Preparation: an author study is recommended.
Equipment requirement: Projector-computer-screen set up, or easel with pad of paper, or whiteboard, thick marker. Microphone needed for class of more than 30 students.


Celeste will share her personal experiences that inspired the book, and will discuss how to produce authentic writing and voice. This program includes Q&A and a writing workshop.


On Writing, Revising, and a Writer's Life

Audience: 7 and up (including adult)

Preparation: an author study is recommended.
Equipment requirement: Projector-computer-screen set up, or easel with pad of paper, or whiteboard, thick marker. Microphone needed for class of more than 30 students.


Celeste will share her writing and revision processes, and talk about her journey through publication, from manuscript to finished novel. This program includes Q&A and a workshop on revision.


Windows & Mirrors: Reading & Writing the Multicultural Perspective

Audience: Adult
Equipment requirement: Projector-computer-screen set up, or easel with pad of paper, or whiteboard, thick marker. Microphone needed for class of more than 30 students.


Celeste will talk about the difference between windows and mirrors in children narratives and the significance of both, and discuss the importance of respectful portrayal. This program includes Q&A and a writing workshop.


What Makes a Good Book?

Audience: Adult
Equipment requirement: Projector-computer-screen set up, or easel with pad of paper, or whiteboard, thick marker. Microphone needed for class of more than 30 students.


Celeste will talk about the essences that make MG and YA prose compelling and marketable. This program includes Q&A and a writing workshop.

Honorarium


Local Appearances:

Within 1 hour driving distance of New York City
• $500 per presentation, $1300 for a full day (3 presentations total)

Within 1 to 2.5 hours driving distance of New York City and does not require an overnight stay (presentations should not begin before 9:00 AM)
• $600 per presentation, $1600 for a full day (3 presentations total)

Non-local Appearances:

Full day requiring overnight stay, driving distance more than 2.5 hours from New York City
•$2500 per day (plus travel and lodging expenses)

Virtual Visits:
• $60 for 30 minutes, $110 per hour (Skype only)