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 goals already. In my in-person presentations, I offer a project in which the kids and I make "instant books" out of single pieces of paper to learn about math, discussing the possibilities ahead for them if they get interested in reading and learning for fun. As we see pages in the book grow exponentially with each fold, we learn how generations of grandmas go back into the millions, doubling with each generation just as page numbers double with each fold.
My books are about subjects with the highest child appeal while secretly broadening kids’ minds and experience. My books Eat Your Woolly Mammoths (from HarperCollins) and It’s Disgusting—and We Ate It (from Simon & Schuster) explore 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.
Math Is Everywhere Blog Interview with Kaitlyn Sanchez at kaitlynleannsanchez.com/blog/
Friday, June 11, 2021, at 9 a.m. Central Time
All About Books Interview on NPR/Nebraska Public Media Podcast at https://nebraskapublicmedia.org/en/series-media/all-about-books-audio/standalone-audio-15890/eat-your-woolly-mammoths-by-james-solheim-50018558/
Bookworm Bookstore, Omaha. Online and in-person book signing for Children's Book Week and Mother's Day, with activity party! https://www.bookwormomaha.com/event/james-solheim-will-sign-eat-your-woolly-mammoths
Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 4 p.m. Central Time
Syttende mai fest, Elveby Sons of Norway, Chalco Park Building, Omaha
Sunday, May 15, 2022: Setup at 2 p.m. Central Time, fest at 3 p.m.
Eclectic Book Club, Field Club of Omaha. Kathy Schwarting (402) 517-5059.
November 15, 2022, noon
Approx. 1 pm, Hill City Elementary, Hillside, SD. Contact Samantha Weaver, Principal, 605-574-3013, or Hanna Glissendorf, Director, Black Hills Reads, 605-343-5872. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Monday, September 18, 2023
9 a.m. Custer Elementary, Custer, SD. Contact Barb Paulson, Principal, 605-673-4483, or Hanna Glissendorf, Director, Black Hills Reads, 605-343-5872. <email@example.com>
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
1 pm, Elk Mountain Elementary, Dewey, SD. Contact Lisa Richardson, Principal, (605)749-2258, or Hanna Glissendorf, Director, Black Hills Reads, 605-343-5872. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
2:30 pm, Nebraska Book Awards Winner for best children's nonfiction and best children's book design, ceremony at the UNL City Campus Union’s Regency Suite, 1400 R Street, in Lincoln, NE. Nebraska Center for the Book/Nebraska Library Commision. Contact Tessa Terry <email@example.com>
Saturday, October 14, 2023