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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 picturesque village of Bedford, NH. 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 here’s a little bit more:
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
PEDAL, BALANCE, STEER: ANNIE LONDONDERRY, FIRST WOMAN TO BIKE AROUND THE WORLD (Boyds Mills/Kane, Spring 2024, illustrated by Alison Jay)
PLACES YOU CAN FIND ME – 2021
Fay Kaigler Book Festival: Panel member – Breaking Into Publishing After 50: https://aquila.usm.edu/bookfest/2021/1/17/
Contributing member of WORDS OF WISDOM team: The Long and Winding Road: https://alaynekaychristian.wordpress.com/2021/04/25/kid-lit-writing-wisdom-presents-long-and-winding-road-publication-usually-doesnt-happen-overnight-part-1-of-3/
#IndependentBookstoreDay with Second Star to the Right: KidLitforGrowingMinds Panel member: Part 3: https://youtu.be/4w79xU_x7AY
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
Sadly, due to Covid concerns, many spring, summer, and fall conferences, book festivals, and school visits had to be cancelled. However, I’m so impressed with the resiliency of people…we are all learning a new way to connect – via remote conferences, Zoom school visits, and online book launches hosted by book stores. I’m doing my share, volunteering programs and presentations for classrooms via Zoom, mentoring other writers as part of the #PBChat Mentorship Opportunity – meeting Face to Face via Zoom, Skype, and Facebook video chat, plus participating in podcasts, interviews, and panels.
An hour of fun with the incredible Mel Rosenberg as I chat about how a timid little girl managed to become empowered – jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, signing with an agent, and celebrating a bunch of published books…and life itself!
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 Anderson’s 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
OUT AND ABOUT AND HAVING SO MUCH FUN:
Posts about Me and My Writing Journey
2021 Book Blog Tour:
October 14:http://justincolonbooks.com/cover-reveal-interview-and-giveaways-with-vivian-kirkfield/ – pb critique giveaway
December 9: Sandy Brehl: https://unpackingpicturebookpower.blogspot.com/2020/12/from-here-to-there-journey-of-ten.html
December 18: Beth Anderson: https://bethandersonwriter.com/2020/12/18/behind-the-scenes-creating-a-compilation-by-vivian-kirkfield Book or critique giveaway
December 22: Erin Dealey: https://www.erindealey.com/book-birthday/picture-book-sneak-peek-from-here-to-there-inventions-that-changed-the-way-the-world-moves-10-qs-with-vivian-kirkfield-and-a-giveaway/ Giveaway
January 4: Tara Lazar – I’ll be one of the mentor/bloggers for her Storystorm challenge https://taralazar.com/storystorm/ Giveaway
January 5: Kathy Temean: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/ Giveaway
January 6: Laura Sassi: https://laurasassitales.wordpress.com/ Critique giveaway
January 8: Inclusion School podcast: https://drjuliecauston.podbean.com/
January 11: Manju Howard – Joint interview with my agent, Essie White: https://www.authormanjuhoward.com/blog-1
January 12: Kirsti Call: Reading for Research Month – Think Quick interview: http://www.reforemo.com/
January 13: Patricia Newman – LitLinks – Weaving STEM and Literacy: https://www.patriciamnewman.com/blog-4/
January 18: Maria Marshall – Picture Book Buzz interview: https://www.mariacmarshall.com/blog
January 19: Bianca Schulze – The Children’s Book Review – giveaway of 2 books and grand prize of 1 book and 30-minute Zoom author visit or 30-minute critique chat. Giveaway https://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/
January 19: Matthew Winner is doing an Instagram Takeover of his podcast Instagram and will be sharing about From Here to There all day: @MatthewCWinner
January 20: Tina Cho – Grog Blog: https://groggorg.blogspot.com/ Giveaway
January 22: Maria Marshall – Perfect Picture Book Friday post – book or critique giveaway: https://www.mariacmarshall.com/blog
February 1: Melissa Stoller: https://www.melissastoller.com/
February 3: World Read Aloud Day: I’ll be reading From Here to There stories with three classes
February 11: Kaitlyn Sanchez: Math is Everywhere Blog for National Inventors Day
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