Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Speaker Profile - Bonnie Kelso

Illustrator and Writer

Region: Nevada
Age Levels: 5-10
Will Travel: Anywhere in my country
Skype Visit: Yes
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I have been writing and illustrating my own books since I was a kid. I love animals and everything nature. My kids and I dream of finding ways to save the cheetahs from extinction. My illustrations are a way for me to express how beautiful and tragically vulnerable the natural world can be. I continue to believe that there is still hope for all of us, even the cheetahs. Children are the catalysts of a promising future, that's why I write and illustrate for them. 

Presentation Description:

I have two author presentations developed for groups of children as follows:


"Who Is Baby D?"

Ages 5-8

Group size limit is 30

30 minute presentation


My chapter book for early readers, "Ever Open: A Story From The Heart Of The Everglades" is the focus of this presentation. It is a fictional story about a baby alligator, named D, who discovers why he is such a special inhabitant of his native environment, the Florida Everglades. In the presentation I read several excerpt from the chapter book as well as teach the children about alligators and how their behavior impacts their environment seasonally. I also engage them in interactive play prompts and provide them with handouts for them to color or interact with. 


"Shaylee Speaks Her Truth"

Ages 6-9

Group size limit is 30

30 minute presentation


My activity book, "I Am Shaylee Seakin: Speaking My Truth," is the focus of this presentation. I read the book to the group and we take breaks to engage in the activities inside. Handouts are provided for each child. They will express what is most important to them as they share their individual perspectives and personal truths.


A single presentation typically costs $200 plus travel expenses. Please contact me for arranging back-to-back presentations to multiple groups for a discounted price.