James Solheim: Poetry Reading & Discussion

Bring the kids! This session will be fun for kids and parents!


​Fun for everyone: adults, children, and whole families.

James Solheim will read from a wide range of his works and show how his poetry for adults is interwoven into his writing for children.

​James Solheim’s books circle the globe and travel through centuries. They explore the most amazing foods on earth, explain Santa’s sleigh technology, and tell the stories of history through our grandmas.

First published by Simon & Schuster, It’s Disgusting—and We Ate It has been a hit for Scholastic Book Clubs, Scholastic Book Fairs, Junior Library Guild, and beyond—right up to the current Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reading Program used in schools to inspire love of learning.

The Wall Street Journal and PBS included It’s Disgusting—and We Ate It in their lists of best books for getting boys to read.  The Washington Post included it on its list of best books for summer reading. It was an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists and a Blue Ribbon Book of The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.

James Solheim’s books have been a big part of charity. His picture book Born Yesterday from Philomel/Penguin Random House was a multi-year choice of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, with 446,000 copies donated to children across the U.S. and beyond. A Junior Library Guild selection, it received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, where it was Big Picture Book of the Month and chosen as one of the ten best picture books of the year. Born Yesterday was a Children’s Choice book for the CBC and International Literacy Association—this time with children themselves choosing it as a favorite.

His 2021 book from HarperCollins, Grandmas Are Greater Than Great, illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist Derek Desierto, explores history through twelve generations of grandmotherly love. And James illustrated his new book himself—Eat Your Woolly Mammoths! (Two Million Years of the World's Most Amazing Food Facts, from the Stone Age to the Future)—available now at your independent bookstore or at jamessolheim.com.

His poetry for adults has been published in Poetry, The Missouri Review, Poetry Northwest, and The Pushcart Prize, and his long poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Chicago Review, and Northwest Review, among other important magazines.

Invite him to your school or organization to give one of his “Think Big!” presentations. These programs help kids set big goals and see the importance of books in reaching them. He’ll even do a Zoom visit with your school or book group!

After you RSVP, you will receive an email with the zoom link information on it.

FREE and Open to the Public