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About Me

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BIOGRAPHY of a BOOK LOVER
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Birth to Adult

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.

Luckily I've been able to continue doing similar work as 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.
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STORYTELLING & BOOKTALKING

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

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!
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SCBWI

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!

 
EDUCATION

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

 
TEXAS EDUCATOR

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

Classroom teacher - 1st & 5th Grades
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Aldine Independent School District - 1975 - 76 - 2nd Grade Classroom Teacher
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North Forest Independent School District - 1974 - 75 - 2nd Grade Classroom Teacher
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Abilene Independent School District - 1974 - Teaching Paraprofessional in Elementary School

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Texas Library Assoc. 2011 Conference - 1000 Great Ideas Booth

 
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • 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

 
CONTACT INFORMATION

Aileen Kirkham

13211 Lost Creek Road

Tomball, TX 77375

H/281-357-1192 - C/713-828-0544

 

akirkham4u@hotmail.com

www.aileenkirkham.com

c/2020-21