School Visits and Conference Presentations

I really enjoyed the conversations “Sweet Dreams, Sarah” provided my classes. It was even more special to couple the book with the opportunity to talk to the author, Vivian Kirkfield. Vivian was engaging with my second graders and her thoughtful responses to all of them inspired many dreams of my own students. – Leah H. 2nd grade teacher 

Have book – Will travel.

For me, the only thing better than writing for children is sharing my love for books with them. I’ve presented at schools, libraries, and conferences, across the country and around the world. From Chicago to Colorado, from Sydney to Singapore, I’ve adjusted presentations to meet the curriculum needs of each school and have made even large school assemblies and conference presentations feel interactive. No matter where I go, my goals are the same:

  • Encourage kids to discover the storyteller that lives within each of them.
  • Provide literacy and idea-generating skills that can be implemented immediately.
  • Empower the audience to believe in themselves so they can follow their dreams.

Please contact my booking agent, Judy Cooper, to reserve a date on the 2019/2020 school calendar: bookviviankirkfield@gmail.com.

As our students filled the room, they whispered excitedly, waiting to hear from Vivian Kirkfield, author of Sweet Dreams, Sarah. At the end of the presentation, our students were eager to get their questions answered. Throughout both her presentation and her Q & A, Ms. Kirkfield inspired not only the children, but the teachers as well, to keep dreaming and working hard, just like Sarah E. Goode.

– 5th grade teachers at Lycée Français de Chicago

 

SCHOOL VISIT AND PRESENTATION FEE SCHEDULE: 2019 – 2020

LOCAL: (within 50 miles of Amherst, NH)

$800 per day, no mileage expense – up to THREE SESSIONS per day which could include:

  • PowerPoint presentation to large assembly
  • Individual classroom workshop program
  • Round-table small group one-on-one mentorship
  • Plus I would be happy to have lunch with teachers or children and also sign books

 

AROUND-THE-CORNER-LOCAL (within 20 miles of Amherst, NH):

I can come for one or two sessions ($300 per session)

OUTSIDE MY LOCAL AREA (beyond 50 miles from Amherst, NH):

$1000 per day, plus travel/accommodation expenses if needed

  • up to THREE SESSIONS per day – willing to split time between two different schools.
  • Rate (after the 1st day) discounted to $700 per day for multi-day bookings.

 

PRESENTATIONS*

FOLLOW YOUR DREAMSBest suited for large groups of students in grades 2-6
Length – 60 minutes

Presentation includes a 25- minute PowerPoint focusing on the steps to becoming a published author.
Also shared are the key elements that contribute to the success of any project:  Passion, Practice, Patience, and Persistence… referred to as The Four P’s.
15 minutes or more are allotted for a Q&A – kids LOVE to ask questions.

 

BEGINNING, MIDDLE, AND END –  Best suited for small groups grades Pre-K – 2           Length – 30 minutes

Interactive session includes a reading of one of my books, discussion about beginning, middle, and end, and a hands-on craft activity. Each child needs just one sheet of blank paper and a pencil or markers. (maximum 25 students)

 

MINING FOR IDEAS   Best suited for small to mid-size groups in grades 1 – 3, or it could be tweaked to provide a mentorship opportunity for a very small (up to 6 students) group of writers in grades 4 – 6
Length 45 minutes

Interactive session including a reading of one of my books, discussion about where I  got my idea for it, and a hands-on  group story building activity where the kids will help write an original story.

 

IT’S TIME FOR RHYME – Best suited for small groups grades PreK – 2.
Length – 30 minutes

Interactive session including a reading of one of my books, discussion about rhyme, and a hands-on rhyme-building activity.

 

NEW – Available after January 14, 2020
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD – Best suited for large groups of students in grades 2-6
Length – 60 minutes
Presentation focuses on how Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe made their voices heard and worked together to break barriers and includes a 25-minute PowerPoint focusing on the key elements that contribute to the success of any project:  Passion, Practice, Patience, and Persistence. Students are encouraged to think about what they want to accomplish for themselves, for their school, and for their community.                   15 minutes or more allotted for Q&A.

*Personalized programs for your school may be requested.

Straight out of college, I taught kindergarten in the New York City Public School System. I wanted to encourage kids to become lovers of books and reading. I wanted to empower them with the knowledge that nothing is impossible if you can imagine it. That is still my wish. An author visit can be a life-changing experience for a child.

 

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SKYPE SESSIONS: 

These can be wonderful ways to introduce kids to an author and get them excited about writing. Kids are natural storytellers…usually, if we give them the chance, they don’t want to stop talking. A maximum of 50 students in a group usually works best.

FREE Mini-Skype Author Meet and Greet

  • Please read one or more of my books with the children before the session
  • Have the children prepare questions that they’d like to ask me
  • 5-minute chat about how I became an author
  • 5-minute Q&A
  • Invitation to participate in my #50PreciousWordsforKids International Writing Challenge that takes place during Children’s Book Week, usually the first week in May.

FULL SKYPE AUTHOR SESSION: $75

  • Please read one or more of my books with the children before the session
  • Have the children prepare questions that they’d like to ask me
  • 30-45 minutes
  • 5-minute chat about how I became an author
  • 5-minute read-aloud of whichever of my stories you feel is most appropriate
  • 10-minute build their own group story. I will ask for a main character or protagonist. A setting. A problem. Three tries at solving it. And finally, how the main character succeeds.
  • 10-minute Q&A
  • Invitation for the class to participate in my #50PreciousWordsforKids International Writing Challenge that takes place during Children’s Book Week, usually the first week in May.

 

Click here to contact my booking agent, Judy Cooper, for more information.

 

I bring history alive for young people and my books encourage kids to believe that nothing is impossible if you can imagine it. A school visit by a children’s author is a fabulous way to promote literacy. Kids love when I share with them the early pages of my books. They can see how each story began, understand that the finished product with formatted text and glorious illustrations did not start out that way, and they can embrace the process of revision…that nothing is perfect the first time we do it. My books come with free curriculum guides and/or activity sheets that teachers, parents, and librarians can download from my website.

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

Please email Judy Cooper for more information or to reserve a date for this school year: bookviviankirkfield@gmail.com

Thank you again for your great talk to the kids! It had an impact on my own child (7 years old), who started to write and draw a comic book. Ten days after Vivian’s visit, it is now a 36-page book! – Perrine Domaine, Teacher librarian, Art and Culture Coordinator, Lycée Français de Chicago

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