Elizabeth Raum, Children's Author, Educator, Speaker
Making History Come Alive
I have written over 100 books for children including biographies, non-fiction history books, and historical fiction for young readers. I have also published picture books and non-fiction books about animals and weather, topics that fascinate me. I enjoy talking with kids and helping them to understand how an author researches and writes books on a variety of topics.
I have been writing full-time since 2003. Prior to that, I taught English and history in elementary, middle, and high schools. I am an experienced reference librarian who has worked at both K-12 and college libraries. I am currently a teaching artist with the North Dakota Arts Council and have done school visits both in person and online with schools throughout the country.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:
I want kids to find history and historical characters as fascinating as I do. People in the past were not cardboard figures but real people who were shaped by the time in which they lived. By getting to know the past, we gain a better understanding of the present and can work to create a better future. When talking about animal or weather topics, I focus on the joy of uncovering new facts. Research, no matter the topic, is a treasure hunt!
Why the author is an authority on the subject of her books:
All of my books are extensively researched. In writing The Big, Bold, Adventurous Life of Lavinia Warren, I visited museums, did research at the Library of Congress, and spoke with experts on her life and times. I include social history so that readers will learn about the tumultuous times in which she lived.
The Children's Book Council selected The Big, Bold, Adventurous Life of Lavinia Warren as a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, 2019.
Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
I tailor my presentations to the unique needs of each group. Since I have so many books, I am able to do up to four presentations a day during a school visit. This allows me to design programs suited to a variety of age groups. For example, I can talk about my Animal Homes series with kids in grades K-2, the interactive novel Spies of the American Revolution with kids in grades 3-4, and The Big, Bold, Adventurous Life of Lavinia Warren with students in grades 5-8. I love to do Q&A with kids. They enjoy the opportunity, and so do I. To learn more, visit my website at www.ElizabethRaumBooks.com.
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