Think Big!

Author James Solheim's Presentations for Kids

on How to Succeed

        My presentations are more than talk.  They’re designed to awaken students who need to set goals and to encourage kids who have them.  In my in-person presentations, the kids and I shape a solar system with a seven-foot-tall inflatable sun to get them thinking big.  We make giant insects or our own giant book and discuss the possibilities ahead for them if they get interested in learning now.  In my online presentations, the students make "instant books" and learn how that activity relates to generations of grandmas going back into the millions.

        My books are about subjects with the highest child appeal while secretly broadening kids’ minds and experience.  It’s Disgusting—and We Ate It (from Simon & Schuster and the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reading Program) explores Earth’s wackiest foods as seen through a kid’s imagination, while highlighting the fun in math, geography, poetry, science, and more.

        Grandmas Are Greater Than Great (from Greenwillow/HarperCollins) explores history without ever mentioning the subject—through twelve generations of grandmotherly love.  Kids learn about how tiny caring gestures grow and spread exponentially throughout time.

              If you’re an educator, a librarian, or a parent reading to your child, your work is urgent.  Kids need goals, and they need to read for fun to develop their minds and find out about goals.  My presentations complement your work and bring out the fun in learning, increasing the likelihood of kids’ success through enthusiasm.


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Upcoming Events

Left Bank Books, Saint Louis:
Book Launch and Celebrity Storytime with James and artist Derek Desierto

Saturday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. CST

The Bookworm, Omaha:
Grandpeople's Party! with James and artist Derek Desierto

Saturday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. CST

SCBWI Book Birthday Shop Talk, online authoring discussion
(Contact Alison Pearce Stevens at for info)

Monday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. CST

Harvey Oaks Elementary, Omaha:  One Book, One School.  Contact Anne Ogg, Teacher Librarian,

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1 pm. CST

Hillside Elementary, Omaha, Read Across America Week.  Contact Kelly Kenny, Teacher Librarian,

Wednesday, March 17th at 2:15

Kidder County Schools, Steele, ND.  Contact Paula Diegel. <

Wednesday, April 14th at 1:00

Maryville Middle School and 2nd & 3rd grade classrooms, Eugene Field Elementary, Maryville MO.  Contact Alisha Degase. <

Friday, April 16th at 12:30

Maryland Literacy Association virtual conference.  Register at
Contact Michelle Shreeves, for info.

Saturday, April 17, at 12 noon Central Time

Mother's Day Celebration (online).  Books of Wonder Bookstore in New York with James and artist Derek Desierto at

Saturday, May 1, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time

Math Is Everywhere Blog Interview with Kaitlyn Sanchez at

Friday, June 11, at 9 a.m. Central Time

South Park Elementary school presentation, Rapid City, SD.  Contact Sarah Gross,

Thursday, Sept. 30, at 11:45 Central Time

South Dakota Festival of Books:  Contact Jennifer Widman, or call 605-688-6113.

Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 at 5 p.m. Central Time

Midwest SCBWI Conference, Davenport, Iowa
Contact Alison Pearce Stevens, 

Friday-Sunday, April 1-3, 2022

Nebraska Poetry Society Reading (online at
Contact Charlene Pierce at

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 5 p.m. Central Time

Under discussion


Date and time in discussion (Possibly April 30-May 1)

Books of Wonder Bookstore, New York:
Possible online event introducing Eat Your Woolly Mammoths!

Date and time in discussion (Possibly April-May)

Horace Mann Elementary school presentation, Maryville, MO.  Contact Mary Shields,

In Discussion