Events/Author Visits

I love to meet readers in real life. Events open to the public are noted.

February 2023

World Read Aloud Day 2/1/2023

For World Read Aloud Day 2023, I will provide free 20-minute virtual visits on the platform of your choice (Meet, Zoom, or Skype).

Our WRAD virtual visit will go something like this:

1-2 minutes: Kirsten gives a quick intro and talks a little bit about her books.
3-5 minutes: Kirsten reads aloud a portion of THE FIRE OF STARS: The Life and Brilliance of the Woman Who Discovered What Stars Are Made Of, A TRUE WONDER: The Comic Book Hero Who Changed Everything OR WOOD, WIRE, WINGS: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane.
5-10 minutes: Kirsten answers a few questions from students about reading/writing.
1-2 minutes: Kirsten book-talks a couple of books she loves (but didn’t write!) as recommendations for the kids.

Ready to sign up? Click on the Sign Up Genius icon below to secure your spot. Please do not sign up until you can commit to a 20-minute time slot (one per school).

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March 2023

FIRE OF STARS launch party at Barnes & Noble — Saturday, March 11 noon to 3 p.m. (Palmdale, CA)

Join Kirsten for a celebration of her latest book, THE FIRE OF STARS, including story times and book signing.

Creating Constellations STEM Program — Wednesday, March 15 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (Quartz Hill Library)

What makes the stars, and how do they get their energy? Join Kirsten W. Larson, author of the true story, THE FIRE OF STARS: The Life and Brilliance of the Woman Who Discovered What Stars Are Made Of, to learn process of a star’s birth, from mere possibility in an expanse of space to an eventual, breathtaking explosion of light. Then try your hand at creating your own light-up constellations using paper circuits. As a bonus, build your own constellation projector to recreate the night sky at home using your own flashlight or cell phone.

Now scheduling…author visits

The Common Core places ever-increasing demands on children to write informational/expository texts, opinion pieces, and narratives. Let me share my enthusiasm for writing “true stories.” Students learn how to hunt down ideas, conduct research, and craft captivating nonfiction.

Why should you host a school visit? A recent survey of 600 teachers, librarians and others who hosted author school visits showed the following benefits.:

  1. Motivates students to read more (91%)
  2. Inspires creativity and expression (75%)
  3. Motivates students to write more (70%)

Read the full summary (and get the link to the full article) here.


2022-2023 Programs

Option 1: For schools, libraries, homeschool groups, clubs, after-school programs: “Engineering an Airplane,” a hands-on, STEM-based program where students become airplane engineers. (approx. 45 min. – 1 hour, for a single classroom (approx. 30 students), includes Q&A)

Using the nonfiction picture book, WOOD, WIRE, WINGS: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane, students discuss and model the NGSS Engineering Design Process to design, build, and test paper airplanes, recording their work in their engineer’s notebook.

Option 2:  For school groups “Engineering a Story” writers workshop, based upon the nonfiction picture book, WOOD, WIRE, WINGS: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane. (approx. 1 hour, large assembly or single classroom)

This highly interactive writers workshop helps students understand the close links between the creative processes of invention/engineering and writing. Using our writers’ toolbox we tweak and test our nonfiction writing transforming it from “so-so” into something that soars.

No matter which option you choose, your students will come away realizing that inventors and authors never get things right the first time. And that’s ok. If they believe in themselves and stay true to their dreams, their creations will eventually take flight.

2022-2023 rates:

  • Virtual option: One-hour, virtual session via Skype, Zoom, Meet or other platform – $250
  • Six-hour full day of school visit, including up to three assemblies, plus book signing and small classroom sessions – $1,000 a day plus travel expenses.

If this doesn’t meet your needs, let’s discuss. Email me at creatingcurioukids [at] gmail [dot] com.

Need ideas for funding an author visit? A list of resources can be found here.

For more details and options, please download my brochure here. Or email me at creatingcuriouskids [at] gmail [dot] com.

Find more amazing authors providing school visits at Kim Norman’s Cool School Visits.

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2 thoughts on “Events/Author Visits”

  1. And Tina, right now I do have March 16 available. My full rate is $400 plus travel for 2014-2015, but let’s talk and see if discounts apply. I also can do Skype visits for small groups at $50 per hour.

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