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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Betty Carlson Kay  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: January 8, 1949 in Cicero, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

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

Speaking Engagements

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 See my web site http // and see also []. Click on The Bicentennial and then Endorsed Programs. I am about the 7th endorsed program on the list.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Abraham Lincoln /
ISBN: 1572790601. OCLC Number: 39683538

Young People's Pres, Inc.,. .

Chief Joseph /
ISBN: 1572790628. OCLC Number: 39651781

Young People's Press,. .

Cicero :
ISBN: 0738507865. OCLC Number: 45617839

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"Circero: The First Suburb West tells the story of this vibrant community and its links to the past--including its connections to Western Electric and the tragic Eastland disaster. The Hispanic families that are making their homes in Cicero today mirror the Slavic immigrants who settled here a century ago. Their goal was, and is, to provide a safe and affordable housing for their families, and pusue the 'American Dream.'"--Back cover

Harriet Tubman /
ISBN: 157279061X. OCLC Number: 39651729

Young People's Press,. .

This book is about Harriet Tubman who talks about the most important traits that a person of good character has and they are called "six pillars of character."

Illinois from A to Z /
ISBN: 0252025407. OCLC Number: 42652607

University of Illinois Press,. .

Alphabetically arranged entries profile important Illinois residents and describe their contributions to the state's history.

Maya Lin /
ISBN: 1572790644. OCLC Number: 39682971

Young People's Press,. .

Roberto Clemente /
ISBN: 1572790636. OCLC Number: 39653971

Young People's Press,. .

The Civil War from A to Z :
ISBN: 1452094519. OCLC Number: 691075806

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The Lincolns from A to Z
ISBN: 9781434368270. OCLC Number: 226308386

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What did Lincoln do-- in 1832? in 1842? in 1862? /
ISBN: 1420802860. OCLC Number: 60645018

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