About Kimberly

Hi, I’m Kimberly Charleston, published author, blogger, writer and lover of everything books! Just about every hour of my day you’ll find me writing, reading, reviewing and recommending books; so, it was only natural that I would create a space that celebrates how Books Uplift.  

I’ve written over 23 books, some published and others on their way to print. My books range in genres from mystery and suspense to young adult and historical. To learn more about my work, my writing and my books, follow me on Twitter and connect with me on LinkedIn. Some of my Writing Credentials include:

  • Syndicated columnist, magazine editor and contributor, author of over 300 articles for local and national magazines including Forbes, Five Owls, Career Builder, MSN Careers, WorkBuzz, Chicago Parent and Family Time Magazine;
  • Book reviewer for School Library Journal for 8 years;
  • Active member of the Author’s Guild and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and founding leader of Chicago Northern Suburbs Chapter;
  • Published author with Highsmith Upstart and Chicago Review Press and grateful that my books have been published all over the world and translated into several languages.
  • Author coach, ghostwriter, keynote speaker & presenter at conferences & companies.
  • *Author resume and clip file available upon request.

Select Books & Articles

Organic Crafts: 75 Earth-Friendly Art Activities

Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Language: English

If you’re looking for ideas on how to get children outdoors and instill in them a love of nature, you can find more than 75 creative nature crafts, games, and activities in this interactive book. As children make race cars out of rocks and create paint from plants, they learn to be environmentally friendly.

Ultimate Expedition: Your Ticket to Researching the World

Publisher: Upstart Books
Language: English

Discover a destination where pop culture, literature, geography and social studies blend to cultivate an exciting game of global proportions. It’s up to you and your team to fill your passport, unearth your route, conquer any challenges and find your way home in time to claim your prize. Paving the way for The Amazing Race, the Ultimate Expedition will take up to 10 teams on a journey around the globe.


Eleanor and Harry

Award-Winning Short Story @ Warren Newport/Chicago

Language: English“I’d like to believe that I’m more than a friend and not just a caregiver but perhaps a bit more. This is what I strive for each day while I visit my clients. They have the unerring ability to give me so very much, if only I could somehow return the favor. The television was (Read More)”

Haunted West Michigan