Aileen Kirkham - Captain Book

Author, Educator & Storyteller

Born to Love Books

Teen Reader & Writer

Author, Career Librarian, Classroom Teacher, Consultant/Educator/Trainer, Professional Storyteller & Puppeteer


Library Lessons for Little Ones
Collaborative Bridges (3 book series)
Publisher - Demco/​Upstart Books

Highlights Magazine - Aug 2015
30+ Library Sparks articles
1 Library Media Center article

22 years

1st, 2nd & 5th Grades
8 years

Librarians & Teachers
30+ years
50+ Presentations
Local, State & Nationwide.

30+ years
300+ programs
Schools & Public Libraries
Alabama, Arkansas & Texas

Boys & Girls Country
(Foster Home Campus)
Hockley, Tx
2012 - Present


Selected Works

Magazine Article
The Vault at the Top of the World, p. 24 - 26 details the structure and contents of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault which houses seeds and parts of plants from all over the world.
Professional EBook
Encompasses twenty to thirty minute lessons with enrichment activities based upon curriculum objectives.
Magazine Articles
Library Sparks' Magazine Articles 2004 - 2015

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 as many books as I could carry out of the public library. As far as I was concerned it was like mining gold. My mantra became "Love Literature, Will Travel" whether reading on vacation as a kid or presenting inservices at the Texas Library Association and the American Association of School Librarians' conferences. Along the way I learned to become a professional storyteller since I am passionate about having kids learn and grin with the joy of a good story.

Teen Writer to Alumni Award

My teen years in Shreveport, Louisiana, included submitting articles to the newspaper at Hamilton Terrace Junior High, and later as a high school junior when I was selected to be the editor of the school newspaper, "The Northwood Falcon". Reading tastes varied from action adventure to romance and mystery. If I would have owned a Kindle and Nook then, I would have bankrupted my parents! Reflecting back on high school... a special thanks to childhood friend, Karen Strickland Moore. As a result of her recommendation, I received an alumni achievement award for thirty years service in public education; the publication of four books and numerous articles; and my professional storytelling for children.

People Who Inspired Me

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

STORYTELLING & BOOKTALKING - Mrs. Jimmie Doerge, 7th grade teacher and family friend, who told me I had a talent for talking about books.

WRITING - Pat Miller, author, career librarian, and educator, convinced me to submit my first article to "Library Media Connection" magazine. Later on when Upstart Books was needing a series on collaboration, she encouraged me to write the intermediate books for the Collaborative Bridges series. How do you spell writing success...MENTOR!

SCBWI - Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' meetings and conferences has also made a major impact on my writing along with the article assignments the Library Sparks editors have given me. And last, but not least 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 Schl 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