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Welcome to my website. Thank you for stopping by.

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


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 (Calkins Creek/Astra Books for Young Readers, Spring 2024, illustrated by Alison Jay)

PIPPA’S PASSOVER PLATE – BOARD BOOK EDITION (Holiday House, January 17, 2023, illustrated by Jill Weber)

ONE GIRL’S VOICE: HOW LUCY STONE CHANGED THE LAW OF THE LAND (Calkins Creek/Astra, Spring 2025, illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon)


March 27, 2023: Virtual classroom visit to the kindergartens at a Hebrew school in Michigan

March 21, 2023: In-person school visit at Mont Vernon Village School, Mont Vernon, NH

March 21, 2023: Guest post on Betsy Bird’s Fuse 8 School Library Journal Blog

March 6-13, 2023: Top Shelf Picture Book Seminar Faculty

March 3-5, 2023: #50PreciousWords International Writing Contest

February 2023: Guest on Reading With Your Kids Podcast: https://readingwithyourkids.libsyn.com/fifty-precious-words

February 21, 2023: Presentation for Mid-Atlantic SCBWIWe All Have a Story to Tell

NOVEMBER 22, 2022: SCBWI-Israel Virtual Webinar – Building Bountiful Board Books

MARCH 4-6, 2022: #50PRECIOUSWORDS INTERNATIONAL WRITING CONTEST – Right here on the blog – follow my blog (and sign up for email notifications) to get all the details.

APRIL 6-8, 2023: Fay B. Kaigler Book Festival: Normalizing Diversity and Decentering the Dominant Culture Using Picture Books for Anti-Racist Teaching Panel Member

APRIL 27, 2022: Cardinal Bernardin Catholic School, Orland Park, IL – Author visit

36 4th graders at Cardinal Bernardin School are excited to Follow Their Dreams like Sarah Goode and the visionaries who inventions changed the way the world moves!

MAY 2-6, 2022 – #50PRECIOUSWORDSFORKIDS INTERNATIONAL WRITING CHALLENGE – Right here on the blog – sign up for email notifications to get all the details. This year we had 750 submissions and I asked participants to purchase a children’s book at my local indie bookstore – thanks to the generosity of the kidlit community, we were able to donate 410 new books to three local schools: McDonough Elementary in Manchester NH (pictured here – and there are five large boxes filled with books on the table behind us), Merrimack Middle School in Merrimack NH, and Memorial High School in Manchester.

MAY 16, 2022: Wilkins School, Amherst, NH Full day author visit

January 31, 2022: Next Avenue and Forbes article: https://www.nextavenue.org/picture-books-tell-the-story-for-second-act-writers/


Carmel Clay Historical Society Book Talk with Executive Director Debbie Gangstad – All Aboard in From Here to There: https://www.facebook.com/CarmelClayHistoricalSociety/videos/824348481830100

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


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


Posts and Magazine Articles about Me and My Writing Journey

Forbes Magazine: Picture Books Tell the Story for Three Second-Act Writers

NH Magazine: Achieving Your Dreams – Children’s Book Author Vivian Kirkfield

On This Writing Life

On Good Reads With Ronna

On Blissfully Bookish

On Writing and Illustrating Blog

On KidLit411

On Susanna Leonard Hill’s Tuesday Debut Blog

On Writers Rumpus

On ReFoReMo (Reading for Research Month) Blog

On Lauri Fortino’s Frog on a Blog

On The Wonder of Words blog

On Darlene Bock Jacobson’s blog

On Jennifer Prevost’s blog

On Kathy Temean’s Blog

Featured 12×12 Author

Institute of Children’s Literature Podcast

Behind the Story on Little Bee Books’ Blog

On Nancy Churnin’s Blog

On Kathy Temean Blog for Making Their Voices Heard

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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To contact Vivian:

Email: viviankirkfield@gmail.com

Phone: 719-237-3111

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Thank you so much for visiting – I hope you return soon!