THERE IS NO CHARGE TO BE LISTED on this blog, however I do ask for a reciprocal link. (To my OWN website,, not this author-by-state site. Why invite competition on your own site, right?) Unless you're lucky enough to own more than one home, I can only list you in your home state, (I make exceptions for a few close friends) but I feel confident that visitors also check lists in neighboring states.
MY DEFINITION OF "TRADITIONALLY PUBLISHED"... If you're with a publisher you know I'll recognize, (established pros will know) then... not to worry. Write to me and I'll add you. If you have any doubts, rather than haggle over what qualifies as traditional, I'm going to simplify things. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll down to a list of publishers approved by SCBWI to be included in their Publishers Market Survey. If you see your publisher on this list, write to me. If not, then you're with a publisher that's too obscure for you to be added to this site. I'm sorry to make this distinction, but with over 700 links already, I don't want the site to become so unwieldy that it loses its original intent: to save educators time when "shopping" for an author. And... paper books only, please, not e-books.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Meeting the kids...

I'm late posting this, since the visit happened last spring, but I just wanted to share a photo of myself posing with a sweet little girl named Rochelle. She made the sweetest card for me. We nearly missed meeting each other at an evening event for Arlington Public Schools (Virginia), but luckily I'm a slow poke, so I was still there when she arrived at teensy bit late. I'm so glad we met. (And I'm so jealous of her purple boots!)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Teacher guides & lesson plans

I'm always surprised to learn how few teachers realize that I have free teacher guides to all of my books on my website. So if you're looking for lessons, activities, comprehension questions, etc. to any of my books such as Ten on the Sled, Crocodaddy, I Know a Wee Piggy, etc., click here to visit this page on my website.
Kim Norman

Friday, May 10, 2013

Crazy busy school visit season!

It's been a busy season of school visits. Since spring started, besides Virginia schools, I've also visited New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio and BOTH Carolinas. Whew! But I'm glad to do it. I'm building a collection of refrigerator magnets from each state I visit. It's getting to be a nice collection! (If a trifle tacky. Ha!)

Here's an article that just appeared on the newspaper website about my visit, earlier this week, to Kentucky. (Click here.) Had a lot of fun with students at White's Tower Elementary there in Independence.

Had a great time, the next day, with 100-plus bubbly 2nd graders at Endeavor Elementary School in West Chester, Ohio. Besides a large assembly, we also did writing workshops -- 2 classes at a time -- of my "Explode the Mo" workshop, about adding "slow motion" details to revisions. I enjoyed reading the kids' stories. (Well, really, hearing students read them aloud.) Everyone seemed to enjoy the workshop, especially popping balloons, (EXLODING the moment... get it? har har!) and watching a funny, slow-motion video of a goofy little dog chasing a Frisbee.

I know a lot of folks (some who are great friends) who are fine writers for children. This year, yet again, I have met a lot of writers who ARE children! As Martha Stewart would say, "It's a good thing."

A very good thing.

Kim Norman

Monday, January 28, 2013

Thank you, Texas Library Association!

Awesome news! I KNOW A WEE PIGGY has made the 2013 Texas "2x2" Reading List. "The Texas 2X2 Reading List is a project of the Children’s Round Table, a unit of the Texas Library Association, and it is comprised of enriching titles recommended for children age 2 to grade 2. The Texas Library Association sponsors the Texas 2X2 Reading List solely to encourage free voluntary reading."

This is how I feel about it!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Here's my latest book, THE GREAT CHRISTMAS CRISIS, published by Sterling Children's Books and illustrated by the talented Jannie Ho. It's a sequel (of sorts) to THE GREAT REINDEER rebellion, written by the late Lisa Trumbauer, published by Sterling in 2009.

Both books are fun and funny (if I do say so myself!) but they're also lush and fun to hold, with embossed illustrations on every page, spot varnished to give each layout a 3-D effect that kids will love to touch. Kind of like fancy old Christmas cards.

Here's a round-up of the latest reviews from mom bloggers around the country. Thanks, moms!

December 9      5 Minutes for Books—Reviewed in Xmas roundup

December 4      Jumpin Beans—Review

December 4      Reviewed by Mom—Review:
“This book is adorable.  It is cute and fun and it was a slam dunk hit with my three children.”

November 30     Bergers Book Reviews

November 24     Picture Book Reviews—Review

To quote Santa on the last page of my book: "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good laugh!"

Kim Norman

Friday, September 14, 2012

FREE teleconference with Marion Dane Bauer!

Hi followers of Author School Visits by STATE! Before I begin today’s guest blog post, I’d like to give a big thank you to Kim Norman for allowing me to share with you today.

I am an aspiring children’s book author who, just like you, is a follower of this blog, so I’m so tremendously excited to be a part of it today.

So back to the post…if you are, or ever have been, an aspiring children’s book author, then like me, you’ve had times when you’ve either been closed out of great conferences, had to travel great distances to hear from experts in the field, or spent a lot of money on fees and travel.

I was a frustrated, but very motivated, aspiring children’s book author, who decided to do something about it. Having been an aspiring children’s book author for a very long time (on and off for 12 years – children, career changes, etc. etc.) and having made the decision to finally devote my free time and career to doing what I really loved (writing for children), I needed education and training from the best, experienced children’s book authors available. So in an effort to help other aspiring, frustrated, and motivated aspiring children’s book authors (and myself), I began Writing for Children Live.

Writing for Children Live is a website where you can learn from the best experts in the field of writing childrens' books, from the comfort of your own home, through FREE, LIVE teleconference calls and webinars. No fees, no travel. You can listen in on your phone or via your computer. If for some reason you can't make the call or webinar at the time and date it is scheduled for, there is no need to worry. A replay of the call/webinar will be made available for your convenience FREE for 24 hours following the live call. So no getting closed out, either.

If you miss the replay of your favorite, author, agent or publisher, or if you heard the call, but wish you could hear it again, and again, for all of the great information and tips, all calls will be made available to purchase on an MP3 download (after the 24 hour free replay). All webinars will also be available to purchase, so that you can watch it as many times as you want to.

My favorite quote from the movie Field of Dreams is “If you build it, they will come.” So when I decided to start Writing for Children Live, I thought that if this website was meant to be, the speakers will come. You can imagine the THRILL I had when the first author to submit a proposal to speak on Writing for Children Live was the one and only, Newbery Honor Award Winner for her book On My Honor, Marion Dane Bauer!

I can’t wait to host Marion Dane Bauer’s teleconference call and webinar in September and am so tremendously excited about hosting all of the other great authors that are coming this fall: YA author Angela Morrison, YA author Susan Shaw, nonfiction author John Micklos, Jr. and YA Author K. M. Walton. Even more great authors are coming this Winter and Spring (you won’t want to miss my interview on writing coming this spring with Gail Carson Levine!!!) Kim Norman, herself, may be doing a presentation this Spring as well!!!

To get notified of how you can access upcoming author presentations, visit

Now, just in case you were wondering…I have managed to get a professional book published for librarians and teachers, called Once Upon a Sign, but am still waiting for that book contract to come in for a children’s book. I continue to get rejection letters, but am starting to get a few sentence response in my rejection letter instead of just the “form” letter, so I figure I’m getting closer.

I look forward to helping each other to achieve our writing and publishing goals together through Writing for Children Live!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

David DeVries "Monster Engine" featured on my favorite show!

Recently, I have corresponded with David DeVries, author of the insanely clever MONSTER ENGINE book, which is described thusly on David's site: The Monster Engine is an eleven year art project which has grown into an internet phenomenon. Released in June of 2005, The Monster Engine attracted 17 million hits in the first month and continues to get 1/2 million hits per month and is linked to over a 12,000 blogs worldwide--all on word of mouth with no advertising.

Wow, he has my admiration for all those hits. (And even a little envy.) He DEFINITELY has my envy about an amazing segment about him and his book that appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, which is my favorite show. (Really. I'm not kidding. It's my favorite!)

Click HERE to view the show segment. Truly uplifting and entertaining.

Learn more HERE, on David's Monster Engine site.

Kim Norman