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, the kids and I make our own giant book or tiny "instant books," and discuss the possibilities ahead for them if they get interested in reading—and learning for fun.  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.  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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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

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

Nebraska Poetry Society Reading (online at
Contact Charlene Pierce at

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

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

Midwest SCBWI Conference, Davenport, Iowa

Friday-Sunday, April, 2023 or 2024