Younger students enjoy learning about the writing process
as Ms. Cory brings ‘sloppy copies’ of her work and historical
reference materials to show budding authors the many layers of writing
about history. Ms. Cory and students together create word pictures in
interactive activities that teach students the importance of ‘showing
not telling’ when they write!!
For upper elementary grades, Ms. Cory focuses on Michigan
history along with the writing process, including a Michigan History game.
For middle and high school grades, the focus is on the
writing process, research, as well as the publishing process. If students
are reading any of her books, Ms. Cory will be pleased to read a chapter
aloud to the class. Time is always left for questions so students can
learn that Kim doesn’t know J.K. Rowling (she must shop at a different
Meijers than does Kim) and that Kim is the official changer of kitty litter
in her household.
The author schedules all her own presentations.
Ms. Cory is also available for teacher in-services regarding
how to integrate children’s books into the curriculum and revisiting
what makes ‘good’ children’s literature.
For some advice on how to set up Author Visits, check out this
- $500 per day to be paid by the end of the final
presentation day which consists of up to 4 – one hour sessions
for the day
- $250.00 per half day which includes 2 sessions.
Half day sessions will rarely be arranged outside of a 60 mile radius
of the Lansing area. School districts often join in arranging
the author visit and ‘share’ a few days, sometimes a half
day at a time, within one district, or if Ms. Cory has a bookstore engagement
in the area of a school, half day presentations may be arranged.
- The default mileage reimbursement of your school
district; reimbursement is fine.
- Most schools request an invoice several weeks in
advance of the scheduled visit so that payment may be made on the day
of the visit and Ms. Cory is happy to provide this document.
- Ms. Cory is content staying at a Super 8 or Comfort Inn or the like
with the school arranging for and paying for the room. NOTE:
OVERNIGHT ARRANGEMENTS ARE NOT NECESSARY IF WITHIN THE GREATER DETROIT
AREA AS MS. CORY IS A DETROIT NATIVE AND WILL PESTER FAMILY AND FRIENDS
FOR A BED!!
- Book signings available during lunch or after school
if prearranged and the school has the books for sale. Student
preorders through the school are best as Ms. Cory cannot bring the
- One venue ( library or classroom) per visit preferred
so Ms. Cory can remain stationary throughout the day
Equipment to be supplied by schools:
to order Kim’s books:
- A free standing easel with paper pad
- Banquet sized table or the equivalent of table space
Always mention that you are hosting an author event when ordering books.
- Tending Ben's Garden, Charlie Boy, and Lilly’s
Way can be ordered through the publisher at an educational discount:
Fireworks Press—845-726-4444 or from Ingram if you have an
- Check out your local bookstore for purchasing or ordering these books
UP THE KIDS!!
Having students read Kim’s books will make her visit much more meaningful.
Talk to them about Michigan history and prepare them for her visit!! Click
here for a School Visit Announcement
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
with possible dates and the type of event and Kim will be in touch with
Dates to remember:
As an educator, Ms. Cory enjoys sharing her experiences writing for children,
what makes ‘good’ children’s literature, and the importance
of historical fiction in children’s education. Her methods of researching
history and the truths and tales of historical fiction also prove for
fascinating fare in conference presentations. Ms. Cory has presented as
a children’s author of historical fiction at MAME (Michigan Association
of Media Educators), Michigan Reading Association and other educational
conferences across our wonderful state.
importance of Historical Fiction
Historical fiction allows the young reader to connect with the past personally
and emotionally in a manner rarely attained through the reading of a social
studies or history text book alone. Historical fiction engages readers
by allowing them to vicariously experience wars, adventures, hemispheres
and diverse groups of people in an honest manner that no other genre can.
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