Author Visits


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Write the Story Only You Can Tell

In this multimedia workshop, students learn that the best stories come from the treasure you hold inside. Kelly shares how every-day moments, enduring memories and history inspired her books for kids. Then, she takes kids on a tour of her writing process from story idea to publication. She gives them a peek at her drafts, early art from illustrators and offers tips on making stories shine. The session includes interactive readings, a song or dance and Q&A.

The Power to Create Change

In this interactive presentation, students hear the history behind NEATE: Eddie's Ordeal, One Million Men and Me and Hope's Gift and learn that kids throughout history have been agents of change. They see pictures featuring young people involved in the Civil Rights Movement and the Million Man March, explore how enslaved people held onto faith and fought for freedom during the Civil War and gain insight into the process of turning an idea into a finished book. During the program, students will sing a freedom song and participate in readings and a call and response in the poem, Drumbeat for Change, included in the acclaimed anthology, We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices.

Dream and Do

In this multimedia program, students learn how kids passed along Lift Every Voice and Sing, the song that became known as the Black National Anthem, and the childhood paths that led architect Philip Freelon and ballerina Misty Copeland to realizing their dreams. They will gain insight into the process of turning an idea into a finished book and receive encouragement to dream big and believe they can make their aspirations come true.

Mine Your Life For Story Gold – Writing Residency

In this five-day residency, Kelly teaches students that moments and memories offer inspiration for personal narratives. Through writing and discussion, students learn how to infuse their work with heart, meaning, cohesion and sensory detail. Through lessons on revision, they gain skills in strengthening and polishing their pieces and giving constructive feedback to peers. The last day features readings and a celebration of the sto
ry or poem each has written.

Skype Visits

Kelly also offers Skype visits. Please contact her at for information and fees.

Custom Workshops for Kids

Kelly can customize presentations or workshops for your class, library, community group, book club or church. She enjoys exploring history, celebrating family relationships and giving kids and adults tips on writing stories from the heart.

2020-2021 Fees

Please contact Kelly at for information on scheduling and fees. Virtual presentations are available.

Book Orders

If you'd like signed copies of my books, you can order them through Quail Ridge Books and Music - 919-828-1588. Let them know how many copies you want and how you'd like them personalized.

If you would like to order directly from the publisher for Sing a Song, Ellen's Broom, Tea Cakes for Tosh, Hope's Gift or the Jada Jones chapter book series, call Penguin’s Author Appearance Order Processing Department at 866-206-5865. Schools and libraries are eligible for a 40% discount and the books are returnable.

To order directly from the publisher for One Million Men and Me and NEATE: Eddie's Ordeal, call  or email Just Us Books Director of Sales, Willie Hudson at 973-672-7701 or

You can also purchase copies of my books through online booksellers such as, and



At her first Georgia signing, Kelly autographs NEATE posters and copies of "Eddie's Ordeal" at South DeKalb Mall's Learning Tree Book Store.