Bringing history to life through school presentations at schools throughout the state (and beyond).
As the author of 11 books for children, recently retired after 34 years of teaching in the Springfield Public Schools, I am now able to devote more time to my writing and publishing career. Visiting schools and speaking about Abraham Lincoln, especially during the
Bicentennial 2008 – 2009 celebrations, seems a natural fit for me. Lincoln
I offer two presentations as follows:
For Grades 1 – 4, I recommend that I present as Mrs. Rutledge, of New Salem, depicting life in the small, log cabin village near
Springfield. Meet Mr. Lincoln as a young, yet already ambitious resident and hear of the day to day life on the prairie.
For Grades, 4 – 8, I recommend that I present Mrs. Elizabeth Todd Edwards, older sister of Mary Lincoln, who will talk about Mary’s life after her death in 1882. Dressed in hoop skirts and trimmings, she talks honestly about her little sister, Mary, stressing Mary’s good points.
Presentations run from 30 – 45 minutes including a question & answer time. There is an opportunity to purchase my books at good prices, BUT there is no obligation to purchase any and there is no fee, except for a $25.00 gas reimbursement. If you are interested in inviting me to your school, please contact me.
Americans of Character Series:
San Diego, CA.
Illinois From A to Z
Published by the University of Illinois Press, 2000.
"Illinois From A to Z is a delight to the senses. Once again, Betty Kay demonstrates her skills as a writer and educator. This is simply the best introduction to Illinois history for elementary and middle school students." - Thomas F. Schwartz, Illinois State Historian.
What Did Lincoln Do ... In 1832? In 1842? In 1862?
Published by Author House, 2005.
"Abraham Lincoln comes alive in poignant detail ... this book will appeal to virtually all children and to many of their parents. And best of all, it presents Honest Abe without pretension so that he becomes a real human, even though he's on a printed page." - Lois Hederlong, Correspondent for The State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL.
A Two Book CD
Susan's House: Where Frank Lloyd Got It Wright, 2005;
Vachel Lindsay: Prairie Troubadour, 2005.
This CD is available at the Sumac Gift Shop of the Dana Thomas House, Corner of Fourth Street and West Lawrence, and at the Vachel Lindsay Home, 603 South Fifth Street, Springfield, IL, or from the author.