SAY: "May I please be connected to your children's book publicity department." (If they don't have one, ask for customer service.)
WAIT TO BE CONNECTED
SAY: "Hello, my name is ____ and I am a ___grade student at Rogers Elementary School in Chicago. I am doing an author/illustrator study about _______, whose books I know you publish. I was wondering if you have any promotional materials or biographical information you could send me that I could use for my report."
LISTEN TO ANSWER. YOU MAY BE ASKED TO GIVE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS. SPEAK SLOWLY.
IF THEY SAY THEY WILL SEND YOU SOMETHING, SAY: "My report is due very soon, I appreciate your sending out anything you can share. Thank you for your time."
IF THEY HAVE NOTHING TO SEND YOU, JUST SAY: "Oh, well. Thank you for your time."