Events & Visits


NYC update: I’m so bummed out we had to cancel our NYC events at Books of Wonder, Books are Magic and The Strand due to COVID-19 (ergh).

S.F. Bay Area update: We also had to cancel our events at the branches of Books Inc., unfortunately.

Be well, everyone, and I hope we can reschedule the events in the future.


Helena is available for a limited number of visits to schools, libraries, conferences and other events. Please inquire at hkrheeauthor(at)gmail(dot)com for further details.

She donates one Skype call and one in-person visit each year to schools in underserved communities.

Here’s a Tweet from Seoul Foreign School regarding Helena’s visit to the British Division:

And a lovely note from the school librarian at Seoul Foreign School regarding Helena’s visit: “I really enjoyed having you at SFS. Honestly you were one of my best author visits during my 20 years at SFS. Kids still talk about you.”  –Janet H., School Librarian

See below for more testimonials.


  • Live Webinar, Yale 1stGen — virtual conference.
  • Author Visit, Walden School Book Fair, Pasadena.
  • Author Visit, St. Matthew’s Parish School, Pacific Palisades.
  • Book Launch for The Paper Kingdom, Children’s Book World, Los Angeles.
  • Author Visit, Monte Vista Elementary School, La Crescenta.
  • Author Visit, Monterey Hills Elementary School, South Pasadena.
  • Guest Author for Día de los Niños, Santa Monica Public Library – Montana Branch, Santa Monica.
  • Read Across America Event, Dr. Sammy Lee Medical & Health Science Magnet Elementary, Los Angeles.
  • Panelist, California School Library Association Conference.
  • Author Visit, The Carlthorp School, Santa Monica.
  • Guest Author, Los Angeles Public Library Winter Author Series, Pio Pico Branch (Koreatown) Branch.
  • Guest Author, Los Angeles Public Library Winter Author Series, Palms-Rancho Park Branch.
  • Guest Author, Princeville Public Library, Island of Kaua’i, Hawaii.
  • Author Visit, Seoul Foreign School – British Division, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Back-to-School Event for The Turtle Ship, Children’s Book World, Los Angeles.
  • Visiting Author, Santa Monica Writer’s Workshop.
  • Book Launch Event for The Turtle Ship, Books of Wonder, NYC, New York.

Some additional feedback from Helena’s events:

“You did a great job with the kids and your presentation was amazing!  You are definitely operating within your life’s calling.” —Romondo L. (Los Angeles Public Library)

“Your story was truly inspiring! I know you have planted a special seed in our students’ hearts. We hope to see you again with your new book.” —Rebecca K. (Teacher, Monte Vista School)

“Helena’s visit to our school was an absolute treat. She spoke to the youngest students in a thoughtful, sincere, age-appropriate way that many adults can’t manage. Helena presented her the story of how she grew into a writer in a way that helped kids understand the combination of hard work, joyful creativity, and desire to give back to the people who have always helped and loved her. We were so happy to have had the honor of hosting this visit!” Rachel Anne M. (Librarian, St. Matthews Parish School, Pacific Palisades)

“Helena gave a wonderful presentation to the 1st through 4th grade students at my school! The students were fascinated to learn about the history of the Korean turtle ship. They enjoyed hearing about her writing process and learning how The Turtle Ship was created.” —Nicky M. (Head Librarian, Carlthorp School, Santa Monica) 

“I attended the book reading you did several weeks ago at the Palms Rancho Library.  My older son, age five, adores your book! I wanted to let you know that I am the ‘mystery’ reader at my son’s school tomorrow and plan to surprise him by reading this book. What a wonderful book.  Just wanted to let you know the joy it has brought our family…and hopefully more children tomorrow!” —Emily P. (Audience Member, Palms Rancho Park branch of the Los Angeles Public Library)