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2019 KBF School Days

2019 KBF School Days

October 1-4, 2019 and November 11-15, 2019

Statewide

The KBF School Days will take place from October 1-4, 2019 and November 11-15, 2019. Eight popular children's authors are headed to 23 rural schools throughout the Commonwealth thanks to the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation, the Raymond B. Preston Foundation, the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, and Face It, an initiative of Kosair Charities. Here is a calendar of school days visits.
 
 
 
Priority will be given to schools that meet the following criteria:
  • Population of town is less than 15,000
  • School free/reduced lunch rate exceeds 60%
  • No flagship university in your community
 
Please note: Authors can present to only one school per county. They will present for 90 minutes to a set number of students (minimum of 90 students to maximum of 130 students). Authors will work with your students through interactive activities about writing and reading. All participating schools will receive a copy of the presenting author's book for their library.
 
 
 
 

Region Map

 

Blue - Western Region - Monday, November 11, 2019 - Susan Vaught - Grades 6-8

Blue - Western Region - Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - Susan Vaught - Grades 6-8

Blue - Western Region - Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - Kristin Tubb - Grades 3-5

Blue - Western Region - Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - Kristin Tubb - Grades 3-5

Yellow - Northcentral Region - Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - Amanda Driscoll - Grades 1-2

Yellow - Northcentral Region - Thursday, November 14, 2019 - Amanda Driscoll - Grades 1-2

Pink - Southcentral Region - Friday, November 15, 2019 - Corabel Shofner - Grades 6-7

Red - Northeastern Region - Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - Sherry Howard - Grades 1-2

Red - Northwestern Region -Thursday, November 14, 2019 - Olivia A. Cole - Grades 7-8

Green - Southeastern Region - Monday, November 11, 2019 - Brooks Benjamin - Grades 4-5

Green - Southeastern Region - Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - Brooks Benjamin - Grades 4-5

Will Hillenbrand
Will Hillenbrand



Will Hillenbrand, author of What a Treasure

Reading Level: ages 4-8

Format: Paperback

About the Author: Will grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where his family owned a barbershop. Each summer, Will would walk to the shop and deliver his Dad’s hot lunch. Then he would take a break and listen to the conversations. Many customers told “big fish” stories laced with humor and exaggeration. Will enjoyed drawing those stories at the kitchen table when he returned home. Later, Will went to art school, and after taking a class in picture book art, he decided to try illustrating children’s literature. After more than 70 books, he still feels lucky to do what he loves. He lives with my wife, Jane, and son, Ian, in Terrace Park, Ohio.

About the Book: Mole has a new shovel and he is digging for buried treasure. But what he finds are treasures for everyone else! He finds a stick and gives it to Bird for his nest. He finds a shell and gives it to Snail for a home. An acorn he gives to Squirrel for his dinner. Finally, he finds a treasure for himself, a friend.

Brooks Benjamin
Brooks Benjamin

Southeastern Region - Grades 4-5 - Monday, November 11, 2019 or Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Brooks Benjamin, author of My Seventh Grade Life in Tights

Reading Level: ages 9-12

Format: Paperback

About the Author: In sixth grade, Brooks Benjamin formed a New Kids on the Block tribute dance crew called the New Kidz. He wasn't that good at dancing, but now he's got a new crew: his wife and their dog. They live in Tennessee, where he teaches reading and writing and occasionally busts out a few dance moves. He's still not very good at it.

About the Book: All Dillon wants is to be a real dancer. If he wins a summer scholarship at a local dance studio, he's on his way. But his dad wants him to play football. And Dillon's freestyle crew says that studios are for sellouts. They want him to kill it at the audition, so he can tell the studio just how wrong their creativity-strangling ways are. At first, he's willing to go along with his crew's plan, but as his dancing improves, he wonders: what if studios aren't the enemy? Dillon's life is about to get crazy...on and off the dance floor.

Olivia A. Cole
Olivia A. Cole

Northwestern Region - Grades 7-8 - Thursday, November 14, 2019

Olivia A. Cole, author of A Conspiracy of Stars

Reading Level: ages 13-17

Format: Paperback

About the Author: Olivia A. Cole is an author, blogger, and poet. Her books include A Conspiracy of Stars, Panther in the Hive, and its sequel, The Rooster's Garden. Olivia was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and wandered to Chicago and Miami before returning home.

About the Book: Octavia has always dreamed of becoming a whitecoat, one of the N'Terra scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. When the once-secretive labs are opened to students, she leaps at the chance to see what happens behind their  doors. She discovers that all is not what it seems on Faloiv; the experiments the whitecoats have been doing run the risk of upsetting the humans' fragile peace with the Faloii, Faloiv's indigenous people. As secret after disturbing secret comes to light, Octavia finds herself on a collision course with the charismatic and extremist new leader of N'Terra's ruling council.

Amanda Driscoll
Amanda Driscoll

Northcentral Region - Grades 1-2 - Wednesday, November 13, 2019 or Thursday, November 14, 2019

Amanda Driscoll, author of Duncan the Story Dragon

Reading Level: ages 3-7

Format: Paperback

About the Author: Amanda Driscoll is a graphic designer and has been an artist in one form or another her entire life. She lives outside of Louisville with her two children and two dogs, neither of which breathe fire. She is also the author of Wally Does Not Want a Haircut and Klondike, Do Not Eat Those Cupcakes.

About the Book: Duncan the Dragon loves to read. When he reads a story, his imagination catches fire! Unfortunately, so does his book. Duncan just wants to get to those two wonderful words, like the last sip of a chocolate milk shake: "The End." Will he ever find out how the story ends? This bright, warm tale champions determination, friendship, and a love for books. And chocolate milk shakes!

Sherry Howard
Sherry Howard

Northeastern Region - Grades 1-2 - Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Sherry Howard, author of Rock & Roll Woods

Reading Level: ages 4-7

Format: Hardcover

About the Author: Sherry Howard lives with her children and crazy dogs in Middletown, KY. She was an award-winning educator, serving as teacher, consultant, and principal in one of the largest urban-suburban school districts in the US. She specialized in working with children with special needs and believes that all children face learning challenges and have their own unique gifts.

About the Book: Kuda is a bit of a grump who doesn't like change. So when he wakes up to find new neighbors and loud, strange noises in his woods, he is not happy. Will his desire to be with his friends overcome his objections to loud sounds? And might Kuda's courage help him discover that new things and rock and roll music can be pretty great? Featuring helpful backmatter about Sensory Integration and insider jokes for parents with autistic kids.

Corabel Shofner
Corabel Shofner

Southcentral Region - Grades 6-7 - Friday, November 15, 2019

Corabel Shofner, author of Almost Paradise

Reading Level: ages 10-12

Format: Paperback

About the Author: Corabel Shofner is a wife, mother, attorney, and author. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English literature and was on Law Review at Vanderbilt University. Before that she was a terrible student, seriously spacy, and wants all students to keep trying.

About the Book: 12-year-old Ruby's life turns upside down the day her mother's boyfriend holds up a convenience store, and her mother is wrongly jailed for the crime. Ruby and her pet pig find their way to her estranged Aunt Eleanor's, an ornery nun who lives in the midst of a peach orchard. With a little patience, she and Ruby begin to get along, but Eleanor has secrets of her own that might mean more hard times. Will Ruby be able to save her mother and bring her family back together?

Kristin O'Donnell Tubb
Kristin O'Donnell Tubb

Western Region - Grades 3-5 - Tuesday, November 12, 2019 or Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, author of A Dog Like Daisy

Reading Level: ages 9-12

Format: Paperback

About the Author: Kristin O'Donnell Tubb is the author of several middle grade novels, including A Dog Like Daisy, Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different, Selling Hope, and The 13th Sign. She lives in Tennessee with her family.

About the Book: Daisy has 10 weeks to prove her usefulness or else she will be sent back to the pound. If she goes back, who will protect Colonel Victor from his PTSD attacks? Or save the littler human, Micah, from those infernal ear muzzles he calls earphones? What if no one ever adopts her again? Determined to become the protector the Colonel needs, Daisy vows to ace the service dog test. She'll accept the leash and learn to sit, heel, and shake. She must learn how to face her own fears or risk losing the family she's desperate to guard—again.

Susan Vaught
Susan Vaught

Western Region - Grades 6-8 - Monday, November 11, 2019 or Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Susan Vaught, author of Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood’s Revenge

Reading Level: ages 8-12

Format: Paperback

About the Author: Susan Vaught is the author of books for kids of all ages, including the Edgar Award-winning novel Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy. She works as a neuropsychologist at a state psychiatric facility, specializing in helping people with severe and persistent mental illness, intellectual disability, and traumatic brain injury. She lives on a farm with her wife and son in western Kentucky.

About the Book: 12-year-old Max has always been a whiz with electronics (take a look at her turbo-charged wheelchair). When a hacker starts a slanderous Facebook page for her grandpa, Max isn't sure she has the skills to take him down. She's grown up in the shadow of Thornwood Manor, an abandoned mansion that is rumored to be haunted by a vengeful ghost. When the hacking escalates, Max thinks this could really be Thornwood's Revenge. If it is, these messages are just the beginning, and the town could be in danger.

Application for 2019 KBF School Days opens on August 1, 2019 and closes when capacity is reached. All educators will be notified as to whether they have been approved for an author visit by September 15, 2019.
 

School Days Application

This application form should be completed by teachers or administrators who wish to host one of the authors available to do a presentation at your school during the week of November 11, 2019 - November 15, 2019. Applications accepted 8/1/19 - 8/22/19. NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.