native Georgian, Kim Siegelson lives with her family and flock
of pet chickens not far from where she grew up, but her books
have won a number of awards, including state awards in Kansas,
Florida, South Carolina, Arkansas and her own home state. Kim
tailors her iChat presentations, depending on
the age of her audience and the needs of the curriculum. For kindergarteners,
she might have them play a "build a story" game, where
thye'll help her imagine and tell a brand new story. For students
a little older, she might talk about the process that takes a
writer from idea to finished book, including research ideas, editing
tips, and the other people involved in publishing a book. It's
up to you. Let us know what kind of presentation you'd like her
have the students prepare in advance a list of questions for her
to answer. She will first give a brief presentation, perhaps showing
her latest book or talking about an upcoming project, and will
then take questions. If you prefer, the Q&A can come first,
depending on your students' needs. How you handle the Q&A
is up to you. Sometimes students come up to the screen individually
to ask questions and then the next student comes up. Sometimes
the students gather around the screen to ask questions. The format
will depend on your needs and what kind of equipment you have.
If you have an activboard or some other means to project the images
onto a larger screen, for example, the format might be somewhat
different. In any case, students must be familiar with some of
If you would like a different kind of program, please let us know
before setting up the program and please provide a general idea
of what you would like. Further details will be needed at least
a week before the chat so she can prepare.
She'll also be happy to autograph bookplates in advance of the
chat, but be sure to send them to her in a timely manner so she
can sign them and get them back to you before the chat.
* for 1 one-hour long chat
* for 2 one-hour long chats over the course of a day
* for 3 one-hour long chats over the course of a day
Please visit Kim
see her bio, then follow the three other links at the top of the
page for a list of her books, information on her presentations when
she comes to do a physical visit, and book ordering information
for getting her books from a variety of sources.
FEW WORDS FROM A TEACHER WHOSE CLASS SKYPED WITH KIM:
went so well!! Kim was amazing!! She was so informative and entertaining.
She held the attention of 125 children for a hour! They were very
interested in everything she said.