"I cannot thank you enough for joining us yesterday. The kids absolutely LOVED having you there. It's so neat for the kids to actually meet an author who wrote a book they already love! And we'll keep putting your books in our classroom libraries! We'd love to see you again so let us know when you're coming out with a new book that you think might fit with our theme of social justice!" Moms for Social Justice"

"Shelli Johannes and Kimberly Derting have created reading experiences that allow young readers to escape into science-themed adventures and explore the ways they can use science to answer meaningful questions and solve problems. CeCe Loves Science has been a staple book for LSU's Geaux Science Explorations Story Time for the past three years. It is a hit among our young readers and with new characters like Libby and Vivi, the science adventures will continue. Shelli introduced Vivi Loves Science at our 2020 Story Time to the excitement of our storytime participants. We can't wait to see where Shelli and Kimberly's stories take us next." - LSU College of Science



"Working with Shelli is a dream. Her presentation is fun and engaging, with activities and interactive elements available for schools AND bookstores. Celebrating science with children has never been easier!"

—Lauren (The Story Shop, Monroe GA, Monroe City Schools)

Elementary Schools

"Our students love CeCe Loves Science and they LOVED having Shelli visit our school. I love that CeCe breaks down the scientific method and features female scientists! Kids still talk about Shelli's visit, and our copies of CeCe stay checked out. We can't wait for the sequel, and hopefully another visit!" 

—Deirdre Sugiuchi (School Library Media Specialist, Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School)

"My 2nd grader came home saying that the very best part of her day was the author meet-and-greet." 

—Parent (Whit Davis Elementary School)


“My students loved hearing Shelli speak about her CECE Loves Science books!  She made the presentation fun and engaging for the students, had great management skills, and made them feel really special during the book signing and meet and greet. I could tell she cared about what my students had to say and took the time to be positive and encouraging with each student.” —Barnwell Elementary School


"We had such a great time listening to Shelli speak about Science and STEM. Her presentation was engaging, she covered topics that are on the same standards we use with our students and discussed the importance of science. We also loved hearing about why she decided to write the CECE books to show that science isn't just for boys.”

—Alto Park Elementary

"Shelli was amazing with our students. During her visit, we had a lot of things going on and she was extremely flexible and adjusted her presentation to fit our needs. The students were very interested in what she had to say. She allowed time for questions and answers and related to the students. During her book signing, she had goodies for the students and was able to ask the students different questions and connect with them." - Kingsley Elementary


"Shelli was amazing when she came to visit my K-3rd grade students. The students were engaged and they loved Cece and her science activities. The books can't stay on my shelves!" - Cotton Indian Elementary


Middle Schools


"You know you had a successful assembly when a week later the students and teachers are still talking about it and asking when the author is coming back!"—Julie Stokes (Literary Coordinator, Dalton School District)

"…the visit was an amazing way to help young writers connect classroom instruction with the real world of writing. Shelli ... engaged my students at their level and left them with a desire to read more and write more. My students were thrilled with the practical writing tips they were able to take away from the session."—K. Smith (Ed.S, ELA-7, North Gwinnett Middle School)

"This was a wonderful experience for our students...and gave the students insight into how to become a writer.  Overall, it was a great visit that kept myself, the teachers and students all captivated!" —Jennifer Sweat (Media Specialist, Grace Snell MS)


High Schools


"The students loved meeting, talking with, and getting autographs, as well as participating in the writing workshops.  The books have literally “flown off the shelves” in the media center." —Lory Cox (Media Specialist, North Springs Charter HS)


"Having this visit was the most rewarding thing I have done in my career to promote literacy. It was incredible and our students are STILL talking about it. Very powerful, motivating and educational."—Lena Adams (Media Specialist, Adairsville HS


"With savvy that usually only accompanies the most seasoned educators, S.R. Johannes captivated our students and sparked their interest in writing. She engaged them in creative writing exercises and spoke about the power of good research. Boys and girls from 9th grade to 12th were bubbling with ideas afterward." —Shanna Miles (Media Specialist, South Atlanta HS