Aram loves sharing her experience and expertise as a children’s book author-illustrator at schools, libraries, conferences and other events. Nothing makes her happier than to share her passion with others, whether they are children or adults.
Every child is a writer, and an artist. Aram strongly believes that and loves presenting to children, pre-K to Gr 2, or Gr 3 to Gr 5 as her young colleagues. She focuses on encouraging children to write and draw, by showing and discussing her process from inspirations to published books. She integrates world geography, cultural diversity, and “being oneself” as an important element in the presentation.
She shows how books are made, from an empty paper to squiggles, to sketches, and to various experimental stages, including being stuck and not getting inspired, how to break writer’s block, and to finals. Her visual presentation surely captures children’s attention. Depending on the time frame, Aram will read one of her picture books and end with Q&A and activities.
Aram’s held workshops for small group of children (15-20 students) in a classroom setting as well as large scale presentations for 300 students at the auditorium.
Full Day School Visits include up to three 45 min presentations, or two 1 hour presentation/simplified workshop + 20 min story time (pre-K): $1000
Half Day Visits of two 45 min presentations (K-2, GR 3-5): $750
One session of two 45 min presentation can be scheduled in the NYC area: $400
To schedule a visit, please contact Aram directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss details such as size of the group, time frame, and budget.
I look forward to working with you and meeting your wonderful students!
"Aram Kim was an absolute delight to host at our school during Book Week! She was warm, engaging, knowledgeable and interactive with all of our students. Her presentation took the children on a beautiful journey that skillfully tied her South Korean culture into the entire story-making process. I would highly recommend Aram to visit your school, most especially for children in grades Pre-K - Grade 2."
-Deni Thomas, Librarian, The British International School of NY
"Aram Kim's visit was YUMMY! Just like her book. What a great way to approach the subject of trying new things. The kids related to her character becoming brave and “more grown up” so that she could be like her older siblings and eat kimchi. The sympathetic grandmother’s idea of a kimchi pancake was good for Yoomi and all the students too. We all enjoyed her kimchi pancake. The kids still talk about it even now."
-Tracy Dockray, Assistant Librarian, P.S. 89, NY
"Aram Kim's presentation kept a roomful of first graders engaged with her visual presentation, warm personality and interactive style. The students were enthralled as she showed them the process of taking a real life event and turning it into a magical story. I would highly recommend this author/illustrator for school visits with Pre-K to 2nd grade."
- Carmen Oliver, Author and Agent, The Booking Biz
"Aram was a delight to have in our class! She knows how to engage the children as well as the parents. Everyone was intrigued to learn about her story-making process and how it came to life! We look forward to seeing more books from her."
- Jean E. Lee, Founder, Brooklyn Korean School
Aram’s main topics include:
1) The importance of own voice and diversity in children’s literature
2) Her path to the publication and practical tips for aspiring authors and illustrators, given from published author’s perspective as well as from publishing professional’s perspective as a senior designer in a major publishing house
3) Her creative process, from an idea to a finished book
4) How to start your own children's book. She can talk from each end of the table of the industry to help you understand how publishing works.
5) Portfolio review and tips for illustrators
She has talked at:
New York Public Library
Brooklyn Public Library
School Library Journal
Kweli: The Color of Children's Literature Conference
School of Visual Art
SCBWI National Conference
SCBWI Eastern PA chapter
SCBWI LI chapter
She held a popular two-week workshop at New York Public Library on How to Start/Publish Your Own Children's Book: Beginner's Guide which made an appearance at New York Times's upcoming events. Please check EVENTS for more upcoming talks/conferences/events.