The Legend of the Fairy Stones breathes fresh air into a little-known tale about fairies. Author and collage artist Kelly Anne White cleverly wraps rhythmic verse around an astounding collection of artwork from the public domain. Anchored in visual and oral tradition, this truly beautiful re-imagining of a word-of-mouth folk lore remains rich with originality. The Legend of the Fairy Stones, By Kelly Anne White, Morgan James Publishing, April 2019, is for ages 8 and up and adult-art enthusiasts and is available now for pre-order, ISBN-13: 978-1642791952.
A new picture book that made my heart melt upon reading is ADRIAN SIMCOX DOES NOT HAVE A HORSE, by Marcy Campbell and illustrated by Corinna Luvken (Dial, Aug. 14, 2018, ISBN-13: 9780735230378), a lovely, simply told story that every young reader understands, no matter what side of the monkey bars you’re on. Shows kindness, empathy, imagination, understanding, service, and forgiveness, and don’t judge based on appearances.
The illustrations perfectly complement the story, in such a way that even the youngest of readers will understand what is happening. The story is short and simple, allowing readers to view or think about how another may feel as a result of someone's words from facial expressions and body language. The reconciliation occurs in a seamless, non-preachy way, as the characters reach out in a completely realistic way to resolve their differences, and apologize, even if in a non-traditional way. This deeply moving story has a satisfying ending, and readers are able to view how sometimes friends fight, and being angry and upset is okay. And friends make up, too. With themes of kindness, empathy, compassion, and of course, never judge a book by its cover. #MustRead#HolidayGifts #BookGifts #TeachersGifts #KidLit #PictureBooks#Kindness #Empathy #Forgiveness #MarcyCampbell #Corinna #Dial, #KimChildress #GirlsLife #ChildressInk #BookReviews #kquinn Marcy Campbell Books Katie Quinn
January, 2019: Winterim Instructor, Grand Rapids Christian High School, "So You Want to be in Publishing?"
Sept. 9, 2018: Kerrytown Bookfest, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ann Arbor, MI
June 2, 2018: Animotion Festival, Speaker & Vendor, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
May 3-5, 2018: Faculty Instructor, PENCON, Grand Rapids, MI
Wild Wild Midwest! May 3-5, 2019, multi-regional conference
Oct. 5-7, 2018: SCBWI retreat, Pokagon State Park, Potawatom Inn, Angola, IN (for IN and MI SCBWI members)
May 5, 2018, time TBD, SCBWI MI-PAL event: A One-Day Humor Conference with Little, Brown editor Heather Alexander
Mar. 17-18, 2018: Michigan Reading Association, Detroit, MI, Cobo Center
Feb. 2-3, 2018: The Sixth Annual Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum celebrates family stories, Kalamazoo Valley Museum 10 am - 4 pm
January 2018: Grand Rapids Christian Middle School, "How a Book is Made" & "Discernment in the Media"
Dec. 10, 2017: Kazoo Books Author Hop, 11 am-1 pm: SCBWI MI-PAL event, Kazoo Books, Kalamazoo, MI 2-4 pm
Dec. 1, 2017: SCBWI-MI Merry Mitten Holiday event, Barnes & Noble, Brighton, MI, 6-9 pm
Aug 5, 2-4 pm, Barnes & Noble, Brighton, MI: Meet eight local children's book authors during Education Appreciation Days organized through the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Michigan Chapter, Published and Listed Authors (SCBWI-MI PAL)
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Moonbeam Award Winner The Three, by Christa Kinde, author of the Threshold Series, is available now for readers 8+, another family-friendly book by an amazingly talented author I have had the honor to work with. Book One in the Forsaken Sons series, The Three is available on ebook for $6.99 and $12 softcover, Yahavim, 2018, (ISBN-13: 9781631230608).
Author ~ Editor ~ Reviewer ~ Speaker
Congratulations to author Christa Kinde (a.k.a. C.J. Milbrandt), upon winning her SECOND Moonbeam award for The Three, the first in the Forsaken Son series. Announced Oct. 1, The Three received a Gold Medal in Young Adult Fiction, Religion and Spirituality. This second Moonbeam award follows the author's first Bronze for her brilliant Byways series. (which I happened to have helped edit...) I am truly honored to have worked with Christa on many excellent projects, including the Byways series and the Threshold Series, another excellent collection by Christa, which we worked on together during my time at Zondervan. I have featured Christa and her books previously on ChildressInk.com, and I highly recommend any works by Christa. For more information on our editing adventures, see Slush Pile and Authors. Major congratulations! #TheThree #YA #MoonbeamAward #BrilliantBooks
FINDING YOUR FUTURE IN ART, Animotion Festival 2018
Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Michigan
GRAPHIC NOVELS MAKE GREAT GIFTS!
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FIND YOUR FUTURE IN ART
By Kim Childress
Cherry Lake (Sleeping Bear Press)
Part of the Find Your Future in STEAM series.
The Three is available now in ebook for $6.99 on Kindle and $12 softcover.
Yahavim, 2018, 978-1631230608
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