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Welcome to my website. Thank you for stopping by.

Please navigate using the tabs at the top to read my blog and find out all about my books. And stay tuned for information about my school visits and conference presentations.

I blog about all things picture book. Reviews of classic stories and current ones. Interviews with authors and illustrators. Plus posts on the craft of writing and the journey to become a published author. I host theΒ #50PreciousWords Contest every March and the #50PreciousWordsforKids International Writing Challenge in May.

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.Β 

My writing motto: Magic Happens When You Make Every Word Count.

And my life mantra: Never be too busy to offer an encouraging word, a sympathetic shoulder, and a hand up.


PIPPA’S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, February 12, 2019) illus by Jill Weber

FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019) illus by Mirka Hokkanen

SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, May 1, 2019) illus by Chris Ewald


FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) illus by Gilbert Ford


November 24, 2018: Story and Craft at The Book Cellar in Nashua, NH

February 24-26, 2019: Australia/NZ SCBWI Conference in Sydney, Australia

March 18, 2019: New Zealand SCBWI in Auckland, NZ

May 3-5: NESCBWI Conference in Springfield, MA

June 20-25: American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington DC

Questions? Please email me: viviankirkfield@gmail.com

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


27 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Cathy,
    I did go back and was unable to post a comment in the guestbook…but I sent you an email instead.
    Children’s books are my passion…second only to uplifting young children!


  2. 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™‚


  3. 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™‚


  4. 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?


  5. 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™‚


  6. 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.


  7. Hi Gilly…thank you so much…low self-esteem is the norm…unfortunately. That’s why I am on a mission to help kids gain confidence in themselves…and help parents learn how to do it.:)


  8. 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!   


  9. 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


  10. 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™‚


  11. 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.


  12. 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.:)


  13. 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.:)


  14. 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.


  15. Hi Laurie!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! And leaving such a kind comment. πŸ™‚ I LOVE your series…what a clever idea…a week of adventures with Mouse and Moose. πŸ™‚ Good for you for providing kids and parents with beautiful stories to share.


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