Events & Visits


To be announced.

For a good sense of Helena’s presentations, please check out her NPR interview, the video recording with the Los Angeles Public Library, or her video recording with the San Francisco Public Library & Litquake.


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 availability & rates, and download the Info Sheet for details about Helena’s presentation.

Helena donates one virtual visit 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:

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. (Administrator, Los Angeles Public Library)

“I really enjoyed having you at Seoul Foreign School. Honestly you were one of my best author visits during my 20 years at SFS. The kids still talk about you.”  –Janet H., (School Librarian, Seoul Foreign 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)

“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)

“Just had to send a huge thank you for your visit today!  Your presentation was so engaging, relatable and motivational – it was awesome to see the class so excited and eager to ask questions. You beautifully and effortlessly wove everything together, and I’m pretty sure you inspired a bunch of future authors.” — Diane U. (Parent, Darien Schools, Connecticut)


  • Litquake/Kidquake presenter, San Francisco (Virtual)
  • Virtual School Visit, Darien Public Schools (Connecticut)
  • Author Series (Virtual), Los Angeles Public Library & the Library Foundation.
  • Keynote Speaker (Virtual), Volunteer English Program, Pennsylvania.
  • Virtual School Visit, Wish Charter School, Los Angeles.
  • Virtual School Visit, San Francisco Unified School District.
  • Stories for Families (Virtual), hosted by Walmart & the IW Group.
  • Virtual Author Visit, Workshop in South Korea.
  • Virtual School Visit, GEA School, Los Angeles.
  • Virtual School Visit, Bullis Charter School, Los Altos, CA.
  • Virtual Reading, Adventure Theatre MTC, Maryland.
  • Virtual Visit, Los Angeles Public Library – Palms Rancho Park Branch.
  • 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 – American & British Divisions, 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.