A dynamic and fun assembly begins with the true story of how Lisa and her mother, Lorraine, wrote their first joint book, The Easter Chicken, at local restaurant, Friendly's. Next, the students participate in a role play introducing them to four of the many people involved in publishing a book: author, illustrator, editor, and publisher. The beauty of this segment is when the editor repeatedly tells the author and illustrator to "Go back and fix it!" reinforcing what teachers tell their own students.
Once the group has a basic understanding of how books are made, Lisa shares the absolutely hilarious, true stories behind many of her books, including Everybody Moos at Cows, declared a "Great New Kids Book" by Rosie O'Donnell and/or You Can't Walk a Fish. Following the true stories is a power point presentation with real pictures of Lisa from her childhood, as well as current pictures of her husband, firefighter Captain Todd Willever and her young children, Jessica, Patrick, and Timothy, the source of many new ideas. This segment is designed to show kids that authors are regular people and that this is something they, too, can achieve. To bring the concept full-circle, one or two of the stories are read to demonstrate how real-life experiences can translate into stories and books. The end of the presentation is called "Ask the Author". It is a quick-fire way for the author to answer any questions the students may still have.