Since Tim began writing books for kids in 2007, he has made more than 600 school visits...
...and spoken with over 250,000 kids across the United States. Tim delivers a powerful message about the importance of education, reading books, and good character—even though his own childhood dream was to become an NFL player—he had another dream equally as powerful to become a writer. He now urges kids to put school before sports and to think about success in terms of personal relationships and kindness rather than fortune and fame. Coming from an athlete who realized his dreams of becoming a college All-American and signing a first-round draft pick's million-dollar contract, his message is highly motivational. Tim will typically speak for an hour to kids, including a question-and-answer session, before signing copies of his books. To date, he has used every cent of his speaking fees to buy copies of his books for kids, libraries, and schools who couldn't otherwise afford them.
Interested in Tim coming to your school for a talk? Librarians, teachers and parent representatives can use the form below to request a school visit!
Praise for Tim's School Presentations
Read a recent article written after a school visit at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in NY ("...the most important message Mr. Green left us with was that everything you do is important in life, but your character is the most important of all.")
Thank you letter from the principal of Fork Lane School in Hicksville, NY
I go to the school you just visited today. While I love reading, I am absolutely appalled by author visits. You would think that a so called "successful" writer would be able to keep your attention, or be able to be eloquent and somewhat humorous when speaking at a school. Well, you thought wrong. I fall asleep at almost every visit, until you came to our school today.
Part of it was the fact that your insanely loud voice was booming throughout the entire presentation, but also because you were funny, relatable, witty, good at making a point, and you were an amazing story teller.
I have never read one of your books, but your presentation was so intriguing that I stopped by the school library...[and] checked out your book UNSTOPPABLE.
I absolutely love it so far, and had to tear myself away from it to attend musical practice, acting classes, do homework, and write you this letter.
I am not sure if you will ever read this letter, but, if you do, I would like you to know that my dad was recently sent to jail for 14 years and your book has helped to remind me that I am not the only one with struggles.
Thank you for writing such a riveting novel. I am almost done, and I am so sad to see the book end."
Your new biggest fan, Isabella
"I want to express our gratitude and thanks to Tim for an amazing night. I believe I speak for everyone in the School Library Association of Western New York (SLAWNY) organization when I say it exceeded our expectations.
Tim's playbook covered all aspects of the game. He was engaging, accommodating, generous and, as my former supervisor said, a joy. Personally, I felt Tim demanded our attention, this is a trait to which all educators aspire. His spot on messages are ones which all kids can benefit. I am sure a number of schools in the Buffalo area will be contacting you."
Jim Clark, Co-President Elect of the School Librarians Association of Western New York & Library Media Specialist, Windom Elementary—Orchard Park Central School District
"I wanted to say what a pleasure it was to have you visit Van Buren Elementary school on Wednesday morning. The students were captivated by your energy, and the messages you shared about what's important in life and how to work hard at whatever you dream to do... I felt fortunate to have two of my three children there in the audience, because both have big aspirations for their futures, and you have given them a glimpse of what could be, plus the reality of how hard it can be!"
Cindy Doback, Elementary Music Teacher, Van Buren Elementary, Baldwinsville, NY
"Tim shared wonderful stories and ideas with our kids and staff and his presentation was dynamicat times, dramatic! (Has he had acting lessons?) Teachers from every department commented on the inspiration his message gave their students and the opportunity it gave them for self-reflection.
Here's a sample comment from one of our science teachers:
"Over the years, I've sat through the ramblings of many a motivational speaker, as I'm sure you have. And after each one of those, I wanted to say, "And for this, I gave up valuable teaching time?" Tim Green's assembly was different. His rapport with the entire audience, as well as his message set him apart from all the rest I've heard. His message was appropriate for the students in the audience who, for the most part, were really in tune with what he was saying. And I know I too, walked out of that auditorium mentally going over my past to see if my life mirrored, even a little bit, God-given talent, maniacally hard work, and a lot of luck.
Bravo to Tim Green, and another bravo to the English department, the PTO, and anyone else who had a hand in bringing Tim Green to OPMS. I hope for more excellent and relevant assemblies like this one in the future."
So thank Tim, again, for sharing his insights and humor with us. And thank you, too, for your patient efforts to coordinate a great start to our school year!"
Sandy Stone, Teacher-Librarian, Orchard Park Middle School, Orchard Park, NY
"Just wanted to let you know what a GREAT impact you had on our students after yesterday's speech. We have heard nothing but positive feedback from both teachers and students. All of your books are presently checked out and there is a line waiting for the return of the checked out copies. It is so very generous of you to donate your speaker fees back to purchase books that might ignite the spark in some students. THANKS SO MUCH for such an inspiring speech and for all that you do to promote the importance of reading."
Jill LaClair (Library Aide), Indian River Middle School
"Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed Tim's presentation on Wednesday. Students have been lining up to check out his books from the library as well as purchasing them ... Thanks again for helping make this presentation a success. Bless you!"
Clarissa Grindle Librarian, Great Oaks Elementary, Round Rock, TX
"I teach Reading Improvement to 7th and 8th graders. I just wanted to let you know about a student you have touched. Justin told me at the beginning of the school year that he hated to read and that he had NEVER read an entire book that was not mandatory for school. I set out to change that ... we came across the Football Genius series! There are no words for me to describe the complete change in Justin. Mr. Green, with a little prodding from his Reading teacher (that's me) and a fantastic series of high interest novels (yes, yours,) he has become the student every teacher wants in class ... Thank you for your contribution to Justin's life and for coming to see us."
Teri Barbetta, Reading Improvement teacher, Doerre Intermediate, Klein, TX
"During Tim's recent visit to Smith Elementary, our fourth and fifth grade students were motivated and inspired by his enthusiasm and obvious love for reading. Tim stressed to them the importance of pursuing an education and expounded on the true definition of successdoing your best, taking advantage of the opportunities life offers, and treating others with respect. The students were captivated as he read aloud a passage from his book, Football Hero. They were thrilled to learn that each of them would receive an autographed copy of one of his books. Tim's visit was a roaring successstudents still speak of it and we cannot keep his books on our library shelves."
Barbie Stanford, Librarian, Smith Elementary School, Magnolia, TX
"Tim Green's author visit to Hermon Middle School was exciting! We actually got to meet a professional football player who had written books about sports, a genre that the majority of our students love to read, particularly the boys.
Personally, I was impressed with his genuineness. He truly wanted the students to understand that their dreams are attainable as long as they are willing to work hard and that success does not come easily, plus one must not lose sight of those who support themtheir family and friends.
Tim Green (and his protagonists) is an excellent role model for the middle school student."
Annalee Libby, Hermon Middle School
Watch a Video of Tim's visit to Wayside Middle School
Read a recent article written after a school visit at Penn Yann Middle School in the Finger Lakes region, New York
Read a recent article from a school visit in Henrietta, New York
Access Tim's Teachingbooks.net resources
Baldinwinsville, NY say thanks to Tim!