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Writer for children—reader forever…that’s Vivian Kirkfield in five words. Her bucket list contains many more than five words – but she’s already checked off skydiving, parasailing, banana-boat riding, and visiting critique buddies all around the world. When she isn’t looking for ways to fall from the sky or sink under the water, she can be found writing picture books in the quaint village of Amherst, NH where the old stone library is her favorite hangout and her young grandson is her favorite board game partner. A retired kindergarten teacher with a masters in Early Childhood Education, Vivian inspires budding writers during classroom visits and shares insights with aspiring authors at conferences and on her blog, Picture Books Help Kids Soar where she hosts the #50PreciousWords International Writing Contest and the #50PreciousWordsforKids Challenge. She is the author of numerous picture books. You can connect with her on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Linkedin, or just about any place people with picture books are found.
And a few personal words from me:
When I was younger, I stayed up till 3am reading books – now I stay up till 3am writing them.
My favorite story character: Pollyanna because she could always find something to be glad about and I was the same way…and still am.
My writing motto: Magic Happens When You Make Every Word Count.
My advice to parents: We all need a cheering committee, and parents are a child’s best fans!
My life mantras:
- Never be too busy to offer an encouraging word, a sympathetic shoulder, and a hand up.
- The only failure is the failure to keep trying.
- Nothing is impossible if you can imagine it.
PIPPA’S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House) illus by Jill Weber
FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids) illus by Mirka Hokkanen
SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books) illus by Chris Ewald
MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, January 14, 2020) illus by Alleanna Harris
FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, January 2021, illus by Gilbert Ford
PLACES YOU CAN FIND ME – 2020
January 18: Book launch at Nashua, NH Barnes and Noble – 11am Storytime Reading of Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe: https://www.facebook.com/events/2884693608215658/
January 24: Author Night at Lycee Francasi Chicago – Make Your Voices Heard Writing Workshop for Kids
January 29: Book launch at Andersons in Naperville, IL – 7pm Author Chat, Q&A, and Book Signing for Making Their Voices Heard
March 10: Make Your Voices Heard Writing Workshop for Kids at Amherst Public Library, Amherst, NH – 3:30pm-5pm
March 18: School visit to Worcester MA preschool
April 18: Soughegan Sustainability Fair in Wilton, NH – Four Otters Toboggan: An Animal Counting Book Chat and Craft
April 25: Festival of Children’s Stories in Denver, CO
May 18: School visit to Wilkins School, Amherst NH
Where I’ve Been in 2019:
February 24-26, 2019: Australia/NZ SCBWI Conference in Sydney, Australia
March 18, 2019: New Zealand SCBWI in Auckland, NZ
April 13: Story time at The Bookery Bookstore in Manchester, NH
April 14: Book signing at Toadstool Bookstore in MIlford, NH
May 3-5: NESCBWI Conference in Springfield, MA: Presented two workshop programs: Creative Collaboration – Authors and Illustrators and Editors, Oh My! And also: How To Be Politely Proactive During the Publication Process
May 22: Jewish Book Council Author Network PItch Presentation for PIPPA’S PASSOVER PLATE
June 1: Story time at the Blue Bunny Bookstore at 1pm in Dedham, MA
June 3: Presentations for Eisenhower Academy, Joliet, IL and Lane School, Hinsdale, IL
June 4: Presentations for Young School, Aurora, IL and Evergreen School, Carol Stream, IL
June 8: Story time at Andersons’ Bookstore at 11am in La Grange, IL
July 26: Children’s Book Academy Picture Book Palooza presenter: Writing Cross-Culturally
August 23: Story time at Second Star to the Right Bookstore, Denver CO
October 18: School presentations to all students in grades 2-5 at Lycee Francais in Chicago
November 16: Hawaii SCBWI Webinar Presenter – Writing Nonfiction
November 23: National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in Baltimore, MD – Using Picture Books to Inspire Self-Advocacy and Student-Led Learning panel member
November 25: School visit to Politz Hebrew Academy, Philadelphia, PA
November 26: Workshop for students at LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA
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