*It’s not linked b/c those spammers make-a me craaay-zeee…but it’s an easy one to remember:
Bitsy [at] BitsyKemper dotcom
Fourteen of the sixteen children’s books I’ve written are out now. All are non fiction.
But none are boring!
Interesting note: These books were all written “for hire,” which is kind of like freelance. I don’t profit from sales of the books, so I’m in a unique position. Unlike most authors, it makes no difference to me, financially, if you buy any of my books. I believe in them, yes, and think you’ll like (dare I say love?) them, but you won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t buy ’em. So there’s no hard sell here. I’ve included direct links to the publishers, if you’re inclined to buy, but there are likely cheaper places to find the books. Again, you won’t offend me if you bargain shop by Googling “author Bitsy Kemper” or “books by author Bitsy Kemper” and seeing what pops up. Sometimes you’ll see editions in foreign languages and that’s always fun. Out of print books tend to have very high prices; it’s a supply and demand thing.
Also, let me be up front. These books aren’t cheap even when they’re in print. The ones listed here have been published for the school and library market. That means not just hardcover, but extra tough binding, triple stitching, and lots of other preventative measures to prevent the book from falling apart when it’s passed around from sticky kid to sneezy kid, from classroom to classroom, home to home, library to car, kitchen to backpack, year after year, etc to etc. They’re expensive to build and therefore expensive to buy. Toss in some shipping fees and you’ll understand why schools buy in bulk.
My most recent books are for high schoolers. One is an award winner! Teen Mental Illness: Phobia was a 2018 winner from the Northern California Publishers and Authors (NCPA).
Cutting Edge Careers: Software Engineer is a great read for anyone considering a career in that field (and, well, my research is one of the reason my daughter is NOT majoring in it! It’s a tough field with long hours…that most of them love).
“Each of these titles welcomes readers to each country with a description of celebrations or places, followed by chapters about land, government and cities, and people and cultures as well as a ‘Global Connections’ section that describes the nation’s interactions with other countries. ‘Daily Life,’ the final chapter, emphasizes family life, daily and holiday foods, and celebrations and religious observations, supplemented with a sidebar page on children’s lives…information about unique places, animals, plants, and culture. Content is basic, but it is enlivened by clear writing and an appealing format that underscores the diversity of life in countries of our ‘one world’. Pleasing additions to most collections in need of fresh, new titles.” -School Library Journal on November 1, 2015
If you’d like to buy those country books, click the book covers and it’ll take you to a direct link to the publisher.
“These texts break down the most essential components of financial literacy for young readers….The books offer effective and concrete tips young people will easily grasp.”―School Library Journal, Series Made Simple
In “Out and About at the Dentist,” kids go on a guided tour of a dentist office to learn about X-rays, see where equipment is sterilized, and find out the best ways to avoid getting cavities. Do grown-ups have more teeth than kids? When do most kids start losing their “baby teeth”? Meet the office manager, both the dental assistant and dental hygienist, and Dr. Lucy Toothy (get it — loose-y tooth-y? Ha ha). With the practical activity at the back of the book, kids will look forward to keeping their teeth healthy.
In “Out and About at the Greenhouse,” learn how greenhouses work, why some plants need warm air and some prefer wet air, and see what it takes to keep plants happy. You’ll meet a horticulturist and find out what kind of schooling you need to become a plant expert (you may be surprised!). Experiment by making your own sample greenhouse with step-by-step instructions.
In “Out and About at the Theater,” go backstage and see what happens before the show starts. Visit the costume shop, see catwalks and trapdoors, and find out if the “Green Room” is really green. What does a stage manager do? Who, besides a director, helps put on the show? How big is a real Broadway theater? Your guided tour will get you excited to see your next live performance, whether it’s community theater in a small town or a professional show in a big city.
In “Out and About at the Baseball Stadium,” your all-access pass gets you under the stands and into the clubhouse, training room and dugout. What’s a “clubby” and what do they do? Are bat boys and bat girls important? Who takes care of the field? How many football fields can fit inside a typical stadium? With stats on both minor league and major league teams, you’ll be hungry for a hot dog by page 24.
I can’t wait to share more of my soon-to-be published books!