​​​​​I love my job! #booklover

I love gardening! #greenthumb

contact kim Childress:

ChildressInk.com

​Reviews of children's books for all ages


My Home on SCBWI

​​I love humor! My dad is a natural comedian. #MurphysLaw

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healthy living
Kombucha home-brewer
young living ESSENTIAL OILS
​HANDY-WOMAN CHRONICLES
HEALTHY LIVING
​WILD NEIGHBORS
BOOK FANATIC
KIM POSSIBLE​

I love eating clean and green! #healthyliving

  • Reading Rocks in Rockford, featured author and vendor, Krause Memorial Library, June 3, 2020: 10 am-1 pm, Rockford, MI 
  • Baltimore Book Fest, Nov. 1-3, Baltimore, MI 
  •  Speaker, Great Lakes Regional ABA Heartland 2019 Fall Forum, American Booksellers Association, Oct. 3-4, 2019, Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square, Cleveland, OH
  • MAME 2020: Michigan Association for Media Professionals in Education, vendor and attendee
  • Green Lake Art Fair, with Smoke on the Water BBQ, Aug. 3, 2019, 8 am - 5 pm
  • May TBD, PodCast Interview on Children's Publishing, 

  • Animotion Festival, Speaker & Vendor, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, June 2, 2018, 10 am to 5 pm

  • Faculty Instructor, PENCON, May 3-5, 2018, Grand Rapids, MI  

  • The Sixth Annual Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum celebrates family stories, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Feb. 2-3, 2018, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Grand Rapids Christian Middle School, "How a Book is Made" & "Discernment in the Media," January 2018​ 

  • Kazoo Books Author Hop, Dec. 10, 2017, 11 am-1 pm

  • SCBWI MI-PAL event, Kazoo Books, Kalamazoo, MI, 2-4 pm

  • SCBWI-MI Merry Mitten Holiday event, Barnes & Noble, Brighton, MI, Dec. 1, 2017, 6-9 pm 

  • Barnes & Noble, Brighton, MI: Meet eight local children's book authors during Education Appreciation Days organized through the  Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Michigan Chapter, Published and Listed Authors (SCBWI-MI PAL), Aug. 5, 2-4 pm  

  • Literary Luncheon sponsored by The Bookman, Aug 7, Grand Haven, MI
  • Kerrytown BookFest. Sept. 10, 2017, 10:30 am -5 pm, Ann Arbor, MI
  • SCBWI MI Conference, "Gathering at the Grand," Sept. 15-16, 2017, Grand Rapids, MI
  • ALA Summer Conference 2017, June 22-26, Chicago, IL
  • June 3, 2017, Reading Rocks Rockford, Krause Memorial Library, Rockford, MI
  • June 21-22, “Build-a-Book” & “How a Book is Made,” Brownsburg Public Library (Indianapolis)
  • June 22-26, ALA Summer 2017, Chicago, IL
  • Dec. 10, 2016, The Bookman, SCBWI-MI PAL Merry Mitten Holiday, Grand Haven, MI
  • More events can be found on my LinkedIn page @kbchild
Michigan Association of Media in Eduction
Find Your Future in Art at Cherry Lake Publishing

​​​​​​​Most of all, I love my God and family! #faithworks

PUBLICATION SAMPLINGs:

  • My book column appears in Girls’ Life, August 1994-present.
  • ChildressInk.com, February 2009-present.
  • “Sisters are good for you,” GirlWorldDaily.com, October, 2010
  • “Sharing Space,” GirlWorldDaily.com, July 2010
  • “Mosaic Madness,” Kiki Magazine, kikicraft.com, March, 2010
  • “Babysitters Club is Back!” GirlWorldDaily.com, April, 2010
  • “Closet Confidential,” GirlMogulMom.com, March 2010
  • “The Body Scoop for Girls,” GirlMogulMom.com, February, 2010
  • “Amira Mortenson & Pennies for Peace,” Encounter Magazine, Winter 2009-2010
  • “Teen Screen Queen,” GirlWorldDaily.com, February 15, 2008
  • “Impromptu Modesty,” Focus on the Child, Discovery Years, Focus on the Family, February/March 2008
  • “Style-tastic!” GirlWorldDaily.com, December 15, 2008
  • “What’s Buggin’ Ya?” GirlWorldDaily.com, December 15, 2008
  • “Presents for your Besties,” GirlWorldDaily.com, December 15, 2008
  • “Freelance Success Stories, Delivering Articles Like Babies,” 2008 Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest Books, 2007, page 39
  • “Love Others,” Focus on the Child, Discovery Years, Focus on the Family, February/March 2007
  • “Frantic Over Fever,” Focus on the Child, Early Stages, Focus on the Family, February/March 2007
  • “The Dangers of Sarcasm,” Focus on the Child, Tween Years, Focus on the Family, February/March 2007
  • “Aging Gracefully,” Family Focus, Focus on the Family, Aug/Sept 2006
  • “It’s All In The Ear; Exploring the World of Children’s Audiobooks,” Children’s Writer, May, 2006
  • “Children’s Writers In Hollywood,” 2007 Book Markets for Children’s Writers. Connecticut: Institute of Children’s Literature, 2007
  • “Having Less, Doing More,” Family Focus, Focus on the Family, October/November 2005
  • “All in the Ear,” Focus on the Child, Discovery Years, Focus on the Family, October 2005
  • “In Case of Emergency,” Family Focus, Focus on the Family, August/September 2005
  • “Home-Based Working Moms,” Focus on the Child, Discovery Years, Focus on the Family, February/March 2005
  • “Thirty Day Gourmet,” Focus on the Child, Discovery Years, Focus on the Family, January 2005
  • “Sample Cover Letter—Fiction,” 2005 Book Markets for Children’s Writers. Connecticut: Institute of Children’s Literature, 2004, page 29
  • “No to School,” Focus on the Child, Discovery Years, Focus on the Family, August/September 2004
  • “Kids At Play,” Focus on the Child, Discovery Years, Focus on the Family, July 2004
  • “Bible Basics 101,” Devo’ Zine, The Upper Room, March/April 2004
  • “Surviving Budget Cuts,” Focus on the Child, Discovery Years, Focus on the Family, February 2004
  • “Living with Childhood Asthma,” Focus on the Child, Early Stages, Focus on the Family, November 2003
  • “The Gentle Cycle,” Focus on the Child, Discovery Years, Focus on the Family, Oct. 2003
  • “Beauty on the Fly,” Focus on the Child, Early Stages, Focus on the Family, September 2003
  • “Get Neighborly,” Focus on the Child, Discovery Years, Focus on the Family, July 2003
  • “Fun on the Fly,” Focus on the Child, Growing Years, Focus on the Family, June 2003
  • “Wilderness Excursions for the Family,” Focus on the Child, Focus on the Family, June 2003
  • “Am I Depressed?” Focus on the Child, Discovery Years, Focus on the Family, February/March 2003
  • “Saving Hairy Long Legs,” Short-Short Stories for Reading Aloud—Grade 5, North Carolina: Education Center, 2001, page 71
  • “Encore!,” Short-Short Stories for Reading Aloud—Grade 5, North Carolina: Education Center, 2001
  • “The Raft,” Short-Short Stories for Reading Aloud—Grade 6, North Carolina: Education Center, 2001
  •  “Special Sales & Niche Marketing, Reach an Expanding Marketplace,” The Children’s Writer’s Guide to 2000, Connecticut: Institute of Children’s Literature, page 161
  •   “Sports Research & Writing, All About Stats?” The Children’s Writer’s Guide to 2000, Connecticut: Institute of Children’s Literature, page 211
  •   “Reaching for the Ultimate Fly,” Girls’ Life, June/July 1999, page 74
  •   “Think Like a Publicist,” The Children’s Writer’s Guide to 1999, Connecticut: Institute of Children’s Literature, 1999, page 177
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I love libraries! I rode my bike to the library almost every day! #loveyourlibrary

Me as Ms. Frizzle at Kids' Ink Children's Bookstore. Everyone thought this was my real hair! (FYI -- it's a wig!)

ALA 2013 Chicago

I love reading!




































































Me with Amanda Flower, an Agatha Nominee. Note Dead Fred, who travels everywhere with Amanda. Go to her website to learn more. (I love Dead Fred!)

What a treat this was! Author Tim Shoemaker signing his new book, Back Before Dark!

Full Circle! Me with Patricia MacLachlan at ALA, 2013. Hearing her speak more than 20 years ago led me to write and edit for children. Milestone moment!

Consider this: 
Children's books have an extended life. You read them as a child, then again as a parent, and again as a grandparent.

I love DIY! #craftygirl #craftymama #handywomanchronicles

I love quotes! Music makes the people come together. -Madonna

I love music! I play piano, guitar, flute, and violin. #karaokeanyone?

I love reading! I was reading at age 3. (I begged my mom to teach me!)


About Kim Childress: Author ~ Award-Winning Editor ~ Reviewer ~ Consultant ~ Speaker

ChildressInk.com

  • Reviews, Books of Excellence for Children & Adults in their Lives
  • Resource for Writers From an Insider: Tips, Humor, & More


After nearly thirty years in different areas of publishing, I have found those working in children's publishing share a camaraderie. We understand that writing, editing, and reviewing books for children comes with added responsibility. Our words affect the lives of young readers. 


I am a lover of books, especially children's books. ChildressInk.com began as an author page and book review site, where I could share great books I couldn't fit in my Girls' Life column. 


Childress Ink has evolved along with my writing, editing, and work in publishing. My writing has always been a ministry for me, but after working as middle-grade acquisitions editor for Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, I have been humbled and blessed to have worked on books that have powerfully impacted young readers and the adults in their lives.  

Childress Ink has become a resource for writers, educators, librarians, and students, with opportunities for young authors, including internships. Childress Ink consists of a team of authors, editors, and other publishing professionals I have worked with over the years who are excellent at what they do.


As writers, we're all a team. I passionately feel writers must help one another. I love sharing books and info on the publishing industry with the world. I speak at schools and libraries on a variety of publishing-related topics, and I love talking books! If you have a project you would like to discuss, or more information on speaking events, please contact me, and thanks for visiting! Keep reading! #AmReading