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About Me


Birth to Adult - Aileen Gardner Kirkham

On April 18th in Casper, Wyoming,

I was surely born babbling about books, reading and writing them.

My childhood goal was to read all the books in the children's section.

As far as I was concerned it was like mining gold. 


My favorite job was as a school librarian, now I'm a professional storyteller. 

I am passionate about having kids learn and grin with the joy of a good story.

Teen Writer

My teen years in Shreveport, Louisiana, included

  • writing for the school newspaper at Hamilton Terrace Jr. High.
  • being the first newspaper editor of Northwood High School


Reading tastes varied:  adventure, history, romance, science, and mystery.

If I owned a Kindle or Nook then, I would have bankrupted my parents!

People Who Inspired Me

READING - My mom was an avid reader and took me to the library constantly.


Mrs. Jimmie Doerge, 7th grade teacher & friend, said I had a booktalking talent.


Pat Miller, author, career librarian, and educator, convinced me to submit my first magazine article.

She encouraged me to write the intermediate books for the Collaborative Bridges series.

How do you spell writing success...MENTOR!


Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' has also made a major impact on my writing. When I hosted the late Bill Wallace, children's author, he shared that it took him ten years to get published. Perseverance is a plus!


1988 - Master of Library Science - Sam Houston State University
1972 - Bachelor of Education - Washburn University of Topeka


Tomball Independent School District - retired 2011
Exemplary Elem. School Librarian - 22 years
Classroom teacher - 8 years

Aldine Independent School District - 1975-76, 2nd grade

North Forest Independent School District - 1974 - 75, 2nd Grade

Abilene Independent School District - 1974, teaching paraprofessional

Texas Library Assoc. 2011 Conference - 1000 Great Ideas Booth


The Authors Guild, Inc. - 2011 - Present

Greater Houston Area Puppetry Guild - 1980s - Present

Society for Children's Book Writers & Illustrators - 2001 - Present

Texas Library Association - 1987- 2017

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