My Books

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SWEET DREAMS, SARAH: From Slavery to Inventor (Creston Books, May 1, 2019)

illustrated by Chris Ewald

Sarah E.Goode was one of the first African-American women to get a U.S. patent. Working in her furniture store, she recognized a need for a multi-use bed and through hard work, ingenuity, and determination, invented her unique cupboard bed. She built more than a piece of furniture. She built a life far away from slavery, a life where her sweet dreams could come true.

FOR A SIGNED COPY of Sweet Dreams, Sarah, PLEASE PREORDER FROM TOADSTOOL BOOKSHOP

Or preorder a copy from your favorite Independent Bookstore

To preorder from Amazon, click here.

Reviews from teachers and librarians:

https://cecelibrarian.com/2019/01/25/multicultural-childrens-book-day-review-sweet-dreams-sarah-by-vivian-kirkfield/

http://hereweeread.com/2019/01/multicultural-childrens-book-day-sweet-dreams-sarah-by-vivian-kirkfield-a-book-review.html

https://raisingreaders.site/2019/01/15/sweet-dreams-sarah-by-vivian-kirkfield-book-review-mcbd-2019/

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PIPPA’S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, February 5, 2019),

illustrated by Jill Weber

An enchanting mouse scours her cozy, miniature home for her Passover Seder plate with no luck. Sundown is near and the Passover celebration will begin soon. Pippa Mouse must venture out and be brave to ask a cat, a snake, and an owl for help. To her surprise not only are the animals helpful in tracing her plate to the pond, they become her Passover Seder guests. A spread at the end of the book shows the Passover plate with its six essential symbolic items: zeroah (a roasted bone), beitzah,(an egg), maror and charoset (bitter herbs), chazeret (mortar or paste), and karpas (a spring vegetable).

Available for preorder on Amazon

For a copy signed by the author and the illustrator, please order from my favorite indie bookstore, Toadstool Bookshop in Milford, NH.

 

ACTIVITIES FOR PARENTS/TEACHERS/KIDS:

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https://pjlibrary.org/getmedia/add2be91-7072-490f-b4aa-917a5202d650/Pippa-s-Passover-Plate-Reading-Guide.pdf

https://pjlibrary.org/beyond-books/educators-center/pj-goes-to-school-resources/pippas-passover-plate

 

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FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019)

illustrated by Mirka Hokkanen

Water wakes. Wildlife greets the day and finds shelter, safety, and fun on the river in this lyrical, ecologically oriented counting book. One willow flycatcher, two dragonflies, three kit foxes, and more thrive in their habitat. As kids count, the day turns from dawn to dusk, and the character of the water changes as quickly as a child’s moods. Animals sing, leap, tiptoe, toboggan, hoot, hunt, flit, flutter, and hover. They ride out a storm, bask in waning rays, and tuck in under the silver moon.

Filled with modern wood engravings, Four Otters Toboggan celebrates wild beauty, encouraging readers of all ages to preserve and cherish our planet. After the story is finished, children can read more about each species in the back of the book, conservation efforts, what causes animals to become endangered, and what people can do to protect wild habitats.

To preorder a signed copy from my indie bookstore, click here.

To preorder a copy from Amazon, click here.

 

ACTIVITIES FOR PARENTS/TEACHERS/KIDS:

FREE Download: Coloring/Activity Book:

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Click this link to download: otter-coloring-book

 

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SHOW ME HOW! BUILD YOUR CHILD’S SELF-ESTEEM 

THROUGH READING, CRAFTING AND COOKING

Perfect for parents and teachers, grandparents and day care providers, you’ll find 100 picture book recommendations, 100 quick and easy craft projects, and 100 simple child-friendly cooking activities – all right at your fingertips! This is the book I wished I’d had when I taught kindergarten and raised my own three kids, but it didn’t exist then – so, I wrote it for you! Recommended for ages 2-8.

“Inspiring guide to reading and planning activities.”

– Katharine Holabird, Creator of Angelina Ballerina

” Wonderful resource to better a child’s learning experience.”

Norman Bridwell, Creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog

Fun and practical book to help nurture and foster self-esteem.”

– Joan Fleischer, Co-Founder of Creative Arts Therapy Center, New York City

FOR A SIGNED COPY: ORDER DIRECT VIA PAYPAL – FREE SHIPPING TO U.S. ONLY 

for international purchases and shipping, please contact me: viviankirkfield@gmail.com

Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking by Vivian Kirkfield

Always have something entertaining and educational to do with the kiddos. 100 picture book recommendations plus a quick craft project and a kid-friendly cooking activity for each. 256 pages chock full of fun!

$19.00

International Buyers please contact viviankirkfield@gmail.com for shipping costs.

ALSO AVAILABLE ON AMAZON KINDLE

And on Amazon

 

And coming in 2020:

MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020)

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

 

My late husband, Stuart Kirkfield, was also a published author. His ground-breaking book, THE FINE BAMBOO FLY ROD: A MASTER’S SECRETS OF RESTORATION AND REPAIR, is available directly from me.

$79 with Free Shipping to U.S. Addresses Only. For international purchases, please contact me for shipping charges: viviankirkfield@gmail.com

 

The Fine Bamboo Fly Rod: A Master’s Secrets of Restoration and Repair by Stuart Kirkfield

Originally written in 1986 and still considered the bible of bamboo rod restoration and repair, this is a brand-new copy of the 1999 edition, with dust jacket.

$79.00