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

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 at 11 a.m. CST

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

Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. CST

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

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, 11 a.m. CST

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

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, 1 pm. CST

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

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at 2:15

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

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 1:00

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

Friday, April 16, 2021, at 12:30

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

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 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, 2021, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time

Math Is Everywhere Blog Interview with Kaitlyn Sanchez at

Friday, June 11, 2021, at 9 a.m. Central Time

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

Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, 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

Nebraska Poetry Society Reading (online at
Contact Charlene Pierce at

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. Central Time

Left Bank Books, Saint Louis: Book Launch!  Introducing Eat Your Woolly Mammoths!

Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 1 p.m. Central Time

Bookworm Bookstore, Omaha.  Online and in-person book signing for Children's Book Week and Mother's Day, with activity party!

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.

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

Friday, May 20, 2022

Scandinavian Midsommer, Omaha, Steppe Center, 118 south of Harrison in Omaha.

Sunday, June 12, 2022: Setup at 1 p.m. Central Time

Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival, helping kids get excited about reading!

September 22-24, 2022

Eclectic Book Club, Field Club of Omaha.  Kathy Schwarting (402) 517-5059.

November 15, 2022, noon

Conestoga Elementary, Omaha.  Anne Keegan <>

November 30, 2022

UWF, Rockbrook United Methodist, Omaha.  Linda Stroud <>  

December 3, 2022

St. Gregory's Elementary, Maryville, MO: Karma Coleman, Principal.  Karma Coleman <>  

December 16, 2022

Glen Lake Elementary, Minnetonka, MN.  Jennifer Wallace <>

March 7, 2023

Nativity of Mary Elementary.  Bloomington, MN.  Theresa Prusha <>  

March 8, 2023

St. John the Baptist Catholic Montessori School, Excelsior, MN.  Angela Wroblewsi, Principal.  <>  

March 9, 2023

Norris Elementary Career Fair, Omaha, NE.  Melissa Croom, 1:15-2:55. <>

April 28, 2023

Doane University, Omaha, NE, 1:00.  Libby Dreier. <>

Wednesday, July19, 2023

Pilgrim Lutheran Education Center, Bellevue, NE, 10:30 a.m.  Jessica Riley, <>

Monday, July 24, 2023

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. <>

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. <>

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. <>

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

8:40 a.m., Hot Springs Elementary, South Dakota.  Principal Acacia Trevillyan,, 605-745-4149.
Or contact Hanna Glissendorf, Director, Black Hills Reads, 605-343-5872. <>

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

8:30 a.m., Meadowbrook Elementary, Rapid City, South Dakota.  Contact Hanna Glissendorf, Director, Black Hills Reads, 605-343-5872 <>

Thursday, September 21, 2023

9 a.m.,Whitewood Elementary, South Dakota.  Contact Hanna Glissendorf, Director, Black Hills Reads, 605-343-5872. <>

Friday, September 22, 2023

South Dakota Festival of the Book, Deadwood/Rapid City
Contact Jennifer Widman, Director, South Dakota Center for the Book, <>

September 21-24, 2023

Leeds Elementary, Leeds, Alabama.  Contact Lorie Michelle Johnson, <>

Monday, Oct. 2, 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 <>

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Alabama Literacy Association Conference, Birmingham.  Contact Lorie Michelle Johnson, <>

Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 3-4, 2023

North Carolina Reading Association Conference, Winston Salem.  Contact Jean House, <

March 17-19, 2024

North Carolina Reading Association Conference, Winston Salem.  Contact Jean House, <

March 17-19, 2024

Midwest SCBWI Conference, Davenport, Iowa
Contact Carrie Pearson ( or Jodi McKay (

Friday-Sunday, April 12-14, 2024

Westgate Elementary, Omaha, NE at 2:15 Monday-Thursday. Contact Kendal Runde, Principal <>  

Monday-Friday, May 13-16, 2024

Doane University Literacy Class, Libby Dreier, Professor.  Contact <>

Monday, June 17, 2024, 1 pm.

Iowa Reading Association/Iowa Association of School Librarians, Tuesday at 9:35 and 10:45, and Wednesday at 9:30.  Contact Tony Pieper <>

Tuesday-Wednesday, June 25-26, 2024

Doane University Literacy Class, Libby Dreier, Professor.

Friday, June 28, 2024, 10 am or 1 pm

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 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.


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