Betty Carlson Kay

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General Information

Name: Betty Carlson Kay

Pen Name: None

Born: January 8, 1949 in Cicero, Illinois

Website: Betty Carlson Kay

Email: bckay@mchsi.com


Illinois Connection

Betty was born in Cicero. She graduated with her MA from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She was a teacher in the Springfield Public School District and currently resides in Jacksonville.

Biographical and Professional Information

Betty is a retired teacher after 34 years of teaching in the Springfield Public Schools.

Published Works

  • Americans of Character, Roberto Clemente, Young People`s Press, 1997
  • Americans of Character, Maya Lyn, Young People`s Press, 1997
  • Americans of Character, Chief Joseph, Young People`s Press, 1997
  • Americans of Character, Abraham Lincoln, Young People`s Press, 1997
  • Americans of Character, Harriet Tubman, Young People`s Press, 1997
  • Jacksonville, The Tradition Continues, Arcadia Press, 1999
  • Cicero, The First Suburb West, Arcadia Press, 2000
  • Illinois from A to Z , University of Illinois, 2000
  • What Did Lincoln Do In 1832?...1842?...1862?, Author House 2005
  • The Lincolns From A to Z, Author House, 2008
  • The Civil War from A to Z: Two Points of View, Author House, 2010

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Roberto Clemente (Americans of character)

ISBN: 1572790636
Release Date: 1997

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Maya Lin (Americans of character)

ISBN: 1572790644
Release Date: 1997

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Harriet Tubman (Americans of character)

ISBN: 157279061X
Release Date: 1997

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Abraham Lincoln (Americans of character)

ISBN: 1572790601
Release Date: 1997

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Jacksonville (Images of America: Illinois)

ISBN: 0738502324
Release Date: 1999-09-27

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Illinois from A to Z

ISBN: 0252025407
Release Date: 2000-09-29

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What Did Lincoln Do... In 1832? In 1842? In 1862?

ISBN: 1420802860
Release Date: 2005-01-24

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The Lincolns from A to Z

ISBN: 1434368270
Release Date: 2008-02-29

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The Civil War from A to Z: Two Points of View

ISBN: 1452094519
Release Date: 2010-12-01

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Literary Awards

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Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Celebrate the Lincoln Bicentennial with a visit to your school!

During the school year 2008-2009, I will be visiting schools across the state bringing the history of our 16th President to life. Choose from two different presentations that go with two books I have written.

  • For grades 1-3, I recommend that I present as Mrs. Rutledge of New Salem, depicting life in the small, log cabin village near Springfield. Meet Mr. Lincoln as a young, yet already ambitious resident and hear of the day to day life on the prairie.
  • For grades 4-8, I recommend that I present Mrs. Elizabeth Todd Edwards, older sister of Mary Lincoln, who will talk about Mary’s interesting life. Dressed in hoop skirts and trimmings, Elizabeth talks honestly about her younger sister, stressing Mary’s good points while acknowledging her faults.

At each presentation, I will be selling my books priced especially for schools. The chapter book, WHAT DID LINCOLN DO IN 1832?...1842?...1862? fits nicely with my presentation of Mrs. Rutledge and the book THE LINCOLNS FROM A TO Z fits nicely with the presentation as Mrs. Edwards. Always available is my book, ILLINOIS FROM A TO Z which is in hard back and published with the University of Illinois Press. An order form will be sent to you to duplicate for the children so that they can order a special remembrance of the Bicentennial Year.

My latest book, THE LINCOLNS FROM A TO Z and the school visits are endorsed by the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. There is no fee for my visits, but a $25 donation to help defray mileage costs is asked. Book early by e-mailing me at bckay@mchsi.com. See my web site http://bckay.home.mchsi.com/ and see also www.Lincoln200.gov. Click on The Bicentennial and then Endorsed Programs. I am about the 7th endorsed program on the list.

External Links

Betty Carlson Kay on WorldCat

Betty Carlson Kay on Amazon

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