School Visits & Using the Dreamhouse Kings in the Classroom

“Our sixth graders discovered your series first and it spread like wildfire! Now the seventh and eighth grades are going crazy for them! I’ve never seen them reading like this. Thank you!”

—Alexandra Seabourn, Lewis Palmer Middle School, Monument, Colorado

“Awesome!! You won’t believe how excited these kids are about your series! Your Dreamhouse Kings books are now required reading here! And your visit got the whole school buzzing. Thank you!”

—Bentley Brown, Teacher, Parkview Baptist School, Baton Rouge, LA

“Your visit to our school was one of our best events in the last few years. Our students and teachers were so impressed with your genuinely friendly manner and your obvious care and concern for them. We are truly excited by the response to your books.”

—Rick Slenk, AACS, Annapolis, MD



The Dreamhouse Kings series has been approved by the Accelerated Reader Program and Scholastic.

The Dreamhouse story has been a big hit with schools and book clubs. To say “Thank you,” we’ve put together some programs to give students a more meaningful experience with these books:


School visits

Over the past year, I’ve visited schools all around the country. I generally address an assembly, as well as visit individual classes. I talk about writing as a career, how I came to write Dreamhouse Kings, and how to tap into your passion (for any vocation) at an early age. We’ve put together a package that includes a copy of House of Dark Shadows and all you need to know to bring me to your school and ways to raise funds for the event. See the link below to request more information.

Here’s an article from the Valley News about a recent visit to Margarita Middle in Temecula, Calif: Click here.

Click here for another article about Robert and his school visits.


Calls to classes and book groups

Another popular event. Once your class or group reads a book or two from the Dreamhouse series (or one of my other books), I’ll phone in to answer questions.


Teacher’s Lesson Plans

If you’re using “House of Dark Shadows” in your classroom, we have a professionally-prepared, 27-page “Educator’s Guide to House of Dark Shadows” (with discussion questions and lesson plans), available free for the asking. You can order it here.


The Dream the Scene Contest

Get your students thinking about history and storytelling by asking them to tell me where in history the King family should go—and what they find there. If I select the idea, I’ll write it into a future Dreamhouse Kings book or short story and give the winner credit for the idea and an iPod Nano.



For detailed information about any of these programs, complete our contact form: Click here.









There are 14 comments in this article:

  1. May 25th, 2010Susan Soenksen say:

    Are you going to be in the Chicago area anytime soon? My daughter and I would love to meet you.

  2. June 8th, 2010Christina McCarthy say:

    If you’re dropping by MO, I live in Forsyth, down south. I really love the books, but they don’t get much publicity @ our school. I’d LOVE 2 have u @ an assembly!!!

  3. June 29th, 2010Victoria Metts say:

    If South Carolina is on the list, PLEASE let me know. I attend Berkeley Middle School and would love it if you came to visit!

  4. July 2nd, 2010Traci Kuykendall say:

    You could make it a two-fer trip and visit Christina in Forsyth and then hop to us at Carmel ES in neighboring Cherokee County, Ga.

  5. July 21st, 2010bobliparulo say:

    Sorry about the delay in responding. It looks like the school visits for the next year are close to booked up, and I’ll be spending most of my time in Texas, California and Colorado. If that changes, I’ll post it here. I’d love to find a way to see all of you!

  6. July 23rd, 2010Stacy Hayes say:

    Wow! I just stumbled on the first book looking for a series to read with my 7th graders and I fell in love with it! I couldn’t put the book down…I finished at 7:30 and ran to Mardels to get the next book before it closed at 8:00! I live in Arlington, TX and am wondering where you’ll be in Texas? I can’t wait to start the next book…here in about ten minutes! Thanks!

  7. July 23rd, 2010Robert Liparulo say:

    Hi Stacy! I’m glad you liked House of Dark Shadows. I hope the rest of the series fulfills your expectations, I’ll be in Houston Jan. 24-28 and maybe the Dallas area in March (if a northern California school doesn’t solidify soon). Worst case, if your students read any of the books, I’d be happy to call in and talk to them. Write me at robert@liparulo,com. I’m sure we can do something. Take care!

  8. July 25th, 2010kathlene say:

    hi im Kathlene you visited my old school last year I loved the visit so I bought the book but I moved to Montana and I was wondering if you could visit my new school in Glasgow Mt. the school I went to was margerita middle school in California I was hopping you could inspire the kids at my school like you did for me and my old school.


  9. October 13th, 2010littleob say:

    Hi !! I love your books and There are alot of people at my school that love them too!! I go to Montgomery Middle school in Tx and I would love it if you could come there !!! I’M almost done reading the series !!! it’s getting GOOD !!!

  10. January 3rd, 2011Isaac Cordero say:

    i havn’t herd of these books since 2010 when i read House Of Dark Shadows i feel in love with these books after i read the first i wanted to read all them but then i got them all and i kept reading now i am on Timescape and trying figuare everything out and to see if they ever find there mom so i am going to keep reading and find everything out. i want to send i awesome shout out to Robert Liparulo for writing this books.

  11. January 24th, 2011Casey Metz say:

    Hey! I was wondering if you were going to be in South Carolina anytime soon.Some where around oconee county near walhalla hig school. House of dark shadows series is the best book i have ever read along with the series. It would be a privilege to meet an author with your incredible skill. I am your biggest fan!

  12. July 3rd, 2011shelby griffith say:

    hey if your in town in colorado springs come visit eagleview middle school d20 and talk about anything about the stories. my friends might enjoy your books as much as i did. you rock!!!!

  13. July 25th, 2011Meghan say:

    I’m currently in middle school and love your books and I know most of my friends do too! If you are ever in Missouri then I hope you could stop by La Salle Springs Middle school, in Wildwood, which is pretty close to the border of Missouri and Illinois.

  14. August 4th, 2013Kris say:

    I live in michigan. I have recently finished the series Dreamhouse Kings. My cousin is now interested in the six books. I was thinking last night that if I did research about my ancestry, I could find EdwardHollenbeck, my great, great grandfather. He lived through the holocaust. He was shot in the mouth and buried alive. He saved himself and plenty of others, as well. If you made another book, you might mention him as a new character, maybe someone like the great, great grandfather of David, Xander, and Toria.

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When the Kings move to a small town in northern California, they have no idea of the adventures—and terrors—waiting for them. Fifteen-year old Xander and his twelve-year-old brother David make a game of exploring the old Victorian home they move into. One night, they discover an intruder and follow him to a hidden hallway of doors. Each door transports them to far off places in long-ago times.