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The Skinny on Me

I love the smell of sun-warmed earth in the springtime.

I wish I had a chauffeur so I wouldn’t have to drive.

I adore popcorn and chocolate. If you give me chocolate-covered popcorn, I will be your friend for life.

When I was a kid, I stayed up till 3am, reading books for kids.

Now I stay up till 3am writing books for kids.

My grandson and I play Monopoly for hours.

And The Not-So-Skinny

I have a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

I was a kindergarten teacher in New York City.

I ran a daycare while my kids were growing up.


Questions or concerns or ideas for topics you’d like me to address? Please leave a comment or email me: viviankirkfield@gmail.com…I love connecting!



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

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  1. You entered a giveaway on my blog and di not leave e-mail. Can you come back and post it? http://tawnasplan.blogspot.com


  2. Hiya,

    I noticed you had entered Tawna’s give-away of my book and you said you left a comment on my website. The reason I ask is I did not get a notification. In fact, I haven’t been getting them so I’m a bit concerned. Anyhow, I just wanted to let you know I wasn’t ignoring your or anything. I appreciate your interest in my children’s book.

    ~Cathy Kennedy, Children’s Author
    The Tale of Ole Green Eyes


  3. Hi VIvian –

    You visited my blog and now I’m visiting yours – and I’m so glad I did! I love it – so much good information on one spot.
    Thanks very much for introducing yourself. I have subscribed to your blog and look forward to following you on Twitter. All the best!!


    • Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll be in Evanston, IL at Lollie’s for a Show-Me-How Story-time with Miss Vivian program…Starting School Jitters Be Gone! I’ll be doing two presentations…one at 11am and one at 12…we’ll be reading “The Kissing Hand” and then doing a fun craft activity from my book with the children. I’ll have a free hand-out for parents on Five Simple Steps to a Smoother School Year. I hope there will be a good turnout. πŸ™‚ It’s a long way to go (from Colorado Springs) to read a story…although of course, I am there also to visit my son and daughter-in-law (who is the artist who designed the cover and inside graphics of my book). I’d really appreciate it if you could spread the word to anyone with young children who might benefit from such a program…entering preschool, kindergarten or first grade or someone who will be going to a new daycare or nursery school. The story and craft are appropriate for ages 2-7. Don’t know if you are doing anything that morning, but it would be lovely to meet you. πŸ™‚


  4. I have an ebook I would like you to review.


    • Hi Patricia,
      Thanks for stopping by. I wish I could review your ebook…but don’t I need a Kindle or some other ebook reader? Or is it something you can send me a file of that I can download on my computer? Nice to connect with you. πŸ™‚


  5. Hi, Vivian,
    I came by to check out your site. I love it! I think we must have a lot in common. I have always loved to read and write. I haven’t had my blog long, but it has been so much fun. I have always wanted to write a book. Due to my blog, I feel like I am already living the dream. I actually wrote a children’s book a couple years ago. It has been sitting in my closet. I have dusted it off and I am in the process of tweaking it now. I hope to get it on Kindle soon.

    Good luck on Project 365! It sounds like fun, but I don’t think I could keep up with ya’ll this year. I’ll be rooting for you!


    • Hi Tiffany,
      Tnanks for visiting! Yup, I agree…it amazes me how many people I meet through blogging and would love to live next door to them. πŸ™‚
      I’m not sure how successful I will be with Project 365…but even if I post a quote of value, perhaps that will count. πŸ™‚ And I hope it will encourage parents to join the 2012 Positive Parental Participation Challenge to read to their children every day. Hope you come back again! Any camping or fishing plans in the near future?


    • That’s 2 clever by half and 2×2 clever 4 me. Thaksn!


  6. I just got online and your page was still open from last night… Read about your book program and am interested to keep up with you on this…! I have ALWAYS felt that reading is the most important thing we can teach children – from that comes SOOOO much good in life! I have read to children all of my life. When my son read his first book aloud in Kindergarten, his teacher asked how it was that he gave all of the characters different ‘voices/dialects’ – He answered, ‘Mama always does!’ I have made CDs of me reading our favorite books as gifts to my Grandchildren, Nieces, Nephews and others. I’d love to be an Audiobook reader of children’s books – Looking forward to keeping in touch with you –




    • Hi Lyndon,
      Thank you for stopping by and for the wonderful comment! I would love to keep in touch…I’ll head over to your blog to make sure I’ve been there…and I can follow your blog so I don’t miss out on your posts.
      That is so great about your son when he went to kindergarten…I’ll bet he had a wonderful kindergarten year. πŸ™‚ The impact we have on our children when they are very young is HUGE! It sounds like you are an awesome story reader. πŸ™‚


  7. Great page you have here my friend , I update my about page too More power to your blog πŸ™‚


  8. Thanks for liking my West Side Story post– and I love picture books too.– have a masters in children’s lit.


    • Lisa…how kind of you to visit! I was totally impressed with your bio…you are a woman of many talents and strengths. πŸ™‚ I hope you will check out Susanna Leonard Hill, Julie Hedlund and the others in this wonderful kidlit community.


  9. Thanks for the references and I’ll check them out. The more we can et the word out about the importance of good quality literature for children, the better! There’s way too much junk!


  10. Thanks for the likes!


  11. Thanks for liking my foie gras post. Love your A-Z animal books. Good work.


  12. We’ve come a long way lady and the road ahead is brighter. Keep it up! πŸ™‚


  13. What a brilliant site. If only I had had help with my self esteem as a child I wouldn’t have had such a painful struggle as an adult. Julie’s Florence retreat looks awesome, I’ll have to dream!


  14. Just taking time to explain, Vivian. Please don’t take offense but I only follow travel blogs, and very occasionally photographic ones, because they make my heart sing. When I do the challenges I always take time to view the other entries and have often passed through your blog, but maybe not commented.
    My Reader just gets so full otherwise, and I don’t have enough hours in the day as it is. Humble apologies and best wishes. I do appreciate the work that you’re doing.


    • Jo…I so appreciate you taking the time to comment…and I totally understand about the overload. πŸ™‚  I do two ‘challenges’ each week…and it takes several hours AFTER writing the post to read and comment on all of the others…it can get exhausting. πŸ™‚  Don’t feel you have to comment…if you have the time to hop over and look, even that is great!   


  15. Thank you for linking back to my post earlier and leading me to yours. I look forward to reading more πŸ™‚


  16. Hi Vivian,
    I think you wouldn’t approve of my 6 cookie breakfast. I should never bake. Even if I put it in the freezer, it haunts me!!! We have one more thing in common. I used to live in Colorado Springs. My first husband went to Bible College there. We had some good years there. I have a very talented friend who still lives there and works in a school with kids who have special needs. (unless she has retired.) I haven’t had contact with her for a few years. πŸ™‚


    • Perhaps you haven’t heard the tale of my one cruise experience…every morning, our breakfast companions watched in horror as I ordered EVERY dessert on the menu…and proceeded to eat them all.:) I am so loving sweets and junk…but work hard to steer clear of them, except on special occasions. Oh, and every evening I have a small bowl of ice cream and a BIG bowl of air-popped popcorn.:) I also have a very good friend who is a special ed teacher here in the Springs…could it be the same person?   


      • Oh my gosh! Probably not the same, but it could be her teacher. My friend is an aide. She is so amazing. She knows more about special ed than I do and I’m a certificated teacher. Her name is Lois Sprague. Maybe your friend knows her. She is one of the most talented women on the planet! πŸ™‚ I’m glad you are such a junk foodie. You look slim! I think I need another walk!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ ML


  17. Hi Vivian! I’ve been poking around your site after you left a comment on Susanna L Hill’s blog post on OUR site (convoluted much?)…and would love for you to write up a short guest post for us if you have time this summer. I love how kid-focused your site is, and I’m sure our readers would love to hear from you… let me know if you’re interested (sarah@easyreadsystem.com) Thanks!


    • Hello Sarah,
      That is awesome! I would LOVE to contribute a short guest post for your blog…picture books are my passion…helping kids become lovers of books and reading what I am all about.:) I’ll email you later today and you can let me know what you’d like me to talk about in the post.


  18. Lovely blog! Are you able to do a book review for my newly published book? πŸ™‚ http://www.ninasuess.com


    • Hello Nina!
      So kind of you to stop by! I went to your website and love your creative clay illustrations…it’s something I’ve never seen before. I would be thrilled to do a review of your new book…is there any way I can get a copy?

      It looks like you are in Singapore…I was just there in May for the 2013AFCC…were you at the conference? Your name is familiar, but I don’t remember meeting you.:)


  19. Hi Vivian–thanks so much for the pingback–I look forward to joining in your community!


  20. So nice to meet you. I am excited to start following your blog.


  21. Vivian,

    I just wanted to say how cute you look in that black dress with black tights. Great Photo!



    • Kathy…that is so sweet!
      The thanks for the pic go to my daughter-in-law, who dressed me in a skirt she had made (she’s a fashion designer), her tights, shoes, shirt…and then took a bunch of photos on a 4th of July 2 years ago.
      BTW…your blog is an amazing resource for writers…thank you so much for all you do.:)


  22. Vivian. I found your blog today and enjoyed reading your reviews. How can I get a book reviewed for your site?


    • Hi Barbara,
      Thanks so very much for stopping by. I LOVE picture books…and reviewing them is my way of helping parents and teachers pick from the daunting number of books available. I think your Gatsby books are really clever and would love to feature them in a blog review. Please email me: viviankirkfield@gmail.com.


  23. What a delightful website! I hope you will visit mine as well and introduce yourself to my favorite characters: a cat named Mouse and a mouse named Moose! I share your passion for getting kids to read. Laurie Ingersoll http://www.laurieingersollbooks.com


  24. Hi, Vivian, I’ve nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award over at Frog on a Blog!

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Howdy! Do you have an email address I can use to reach you? I can’t seem to find one on your page. Thanks!


  26. You have a lovely blog and you look stunning in that black dress!!


  27. Just nominated you for One Lovely Blog award. πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend.

    Liked by 1 person

  28. As an early childhood educator, author, and book lover, might you be interested in checking out a pdf of “Little Bunny’s Own Storybook” for possible review? It’s a celebration of libraries, literacy, family, and the creativity and ingenuity of children (both human and rabbit). In the words of one reviewer, “This charmingly-illustrated picture book for ages 3 – 8 celebrates the joy of reading together, and it encourages children to use their imaginations to create stories of their own.” https://www(dot)amazon(dot)com/Little-Bunnys-Storybook-Margaret-Welwood-ebook/product-reviews/B01MU5L3UF
    Please let me know if I may send you the pdf for your consideration.
    Thank you.


  29. Hi Vivian, my critique partner Ellen Leventhal often mentions you, and that’s how I came across you. I’ve also noticed you on Susanna Leonard Hill’s contests. I’ve just subscribed. Have a great day!


  30. I would like to send you my award-winning fiction picture book about bullying, How the Moon Regained Her Shape (Arbordale, 2006; 4th edition 2014) for your review. Please let me know if you are interested.

    Best wishes for your writing and your website and blog in 2018!

    Janet Ruth Heller

    Author of the poetry books Exodus (WordTech Editions, 2014), Folk Concert: Changing Times (Anaphora Literary Press, 2012) and Traffic Stop (Finishing Line Press, 2011), the scholarly book Coleridge, Lamb, Hazlitt, and the Reader of Drama (University of Missouri Press, 1990), the middle-grade chapter book for kids The Passover Surprise (Fictive Press, 2015, 2016), and the award-winning picture book for kids about bullying, How the Moon Regained Her Shape (Arbordale, 2006; fourth edition 2014).

    My website is http://www.janetruthheller.com/


  31. Your cranium must be pricotteng some very valuable brains.


  32. Your answer lifts the ingellitence of the debate.


  33. Marjorie…what a pleasure it was working with you and Michelle on the blogging session at the AFCC! It was fun walking down Victoria Street in Singapore and enjoying iced lattes and muffins at the little pastry shop! If they ask me to come back next year, I would be there in a blink of an eye. πŸ™‚


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