Q & A with Kelly White, by Molly Lauryssens / April 20, 2016
Inside the Bible Adventure Book of Scavenger Hunts by Kelly White
This is Kelly’s first book, and it’s just in time for your next outdoor soiree. So without further ado, here is Kelly, in her own words, talking about her latest baby.
G3: Wow! What an amazing idea, what inspired you to write it?
Well, truth is, as with all good things, God inspired me. Really…He lined it up perfectly for me. I was helping my author friend Karen Whiting promote her book Nature Girl to camp stores, so I was poking around on the American Camp Association website, and there it was: “Call for Christian Authors”! I went to the ACA’s online bookstore, perused its titles, and thought, “Hmm, no scavenger hunt books. They should have one!” And so one Saturday I grabbed a notebook, sat down on my couch, and brainstormed a list of ideas for 12 Christian-themed scavenger hunts. I e-mailed my pitch that same day and by Monday—it was Martin Luther King Day—I had a book contract from Healthy Learning in my inbox. I encouraged Karen Whiting to pitch, too, and her Nature Bible Puppet Mania released March 2016 along with my The Bible Adventure Book of Scavenger Hunts.
G3: What do you hope people will take away from it?
The Bible Adventure Book of Scavenger Hunts’ introductory page ends with this very important note: “There’s only one rule that’s set in stone, and it applies to all of this book’s activities: Have fun with it!” So that about wraps it up for the most part—I want people to have a blast! The activities are for all ages, and can be fine-tuned for large or small gatherings, done in any landscape, awesome for birthday parties, family reunions, youth groups. I’d love to see families and friends put their own signature spins on the hunts, and turn them into seasonal traditions. Other than the mandatory fun factor, I hope it encourages readers to look at Bible verses from a fresh angle since I infuse a lot of Scripture as clues.
G3: What is your favorite hunt?
Hmmm … that’s a tough question. I love them all! Some are more involved than others; one that takes some planning and prep is the Hidden Treasure Hunt in Chapter 11. There’s just something so mysteriously intriguing about searching for loot from a treasure map. The game has a pirate theme, so players get to wear bandannas and eye patches (which they have to find first, of course), and then they get to hunt for and gather all the craft supplies needed to make handmade kaleidoscopes at the end.
There are lots of activities in the book, though, that can be done on a whim, that don’t require so much preparation. One of my favorites for some spontaneous fun is Chapter 10: Love Thy Neighbor. I think all writers love to nudge other people to write, and that’s what this activity does—it challenges readers to write their own clues for the other players in the game. Because the game requires hitting up the recycling pile, it also includes some “upcycled” crafting activities. The book includes several craft projects, simple recipes, short scavenger lists, and other activities that can be pulled out of each game’s overall context for quick impromptu activities—the page layouts are deliberately designed for easy photocopying, for handouts.
One thing is for sure, I love that this book is infusing Bible and nature and I cannot wait to do these with my sweet granddaughter, Ellie! I love that Kelly has laid it all out for me so I won’t have to do all that planning.
Where can you get your copy? The Bible Adventure Book of Scavenger Hunts is available for purchase at amazon.com, healthylearning.com, acabookstore.org, and etsy.com/shop/JesusPosters.
This is definitely not the last we’ve heard from Kelly. She’s got many more awesome projects coming out. Next up on her docket, Jesus Groupie. Just how excited is she for Jesus Groupie?
I am sooooooo stoked about Jesus Groupie, my upcoming book project, my opus if you will! It’s very different from The Bible Adventure Book of Scavenger Hunts in that it has an edgy vibe to it, a rock-n-roll theme, a “fanzine” for Jesus. The book cleverly parodies elements of pop culture, reframing the life and teachings of Christ in a format that’s relatable to a 21st-century audience. It’s packed with amazing art, both contemporary and classical, beautifully illustrated. As you know I’ve recently signed with a terrific literary agent, D.J. Snell of Legacy Management, and he’s really excited to line me up with the best publisher for my Jesus Groupie series…so stay tuned.
Congratulations Kelly Ann White! Changing the world by injecting it with your love, you go girl!
-Adapted with permission from Molly Lauryssens, award-winning sports reporter, freelance writer, editor, and author of the upcoming teen, nonfiction title, G3 : God, Girls, Games, featuring twelve female contemporary Christian athletes in various sports. Learn more about Molly at her website, godgirlsgames.com.
The Bible Adventure Book of Scavenger Hunts
By Kelly Anne White
The Legend of the Fairy Stones
Author & Editor, Kelly Anne White
letter from the editor:
November 7, 2018
I believe the world needs more books like this... The world is hungry for more books such as this. I am excited to share with you what I believe to be a genre-bending book, The Legend of the Fairy Stones, by Kelly Anne White. Utterly unique in its story and design, The Legend of the Fairy Stones is an old-school fairy tale told in verse about what happened when the fairies learned that Jesus died. An elfin boy delivered the sad news, and the fairies cried and cried. But when their teardrops hit the ground, they turned into crystals shaped like crosses, able to ward off evils of all kinds.
The Legend of the Fairy Stones tells the tale of a legend passed down through oral tradition, and boys and girls of all ages will love story of about real-life, cross-shaped crystals known as staurlolite, able to fend off dragons and demons and more. The author created the artwork by digitally collaging art and illustrations from the public-domain, with peek-a-boo fairies and hidden fairy stones throughout. The project actually grew out of an Easter weekend camping trip at Fairy Stone State Park in Virginia, one place where staurolite is found. Kelly White and I have collaborated on many excellent projects since first meeting through Girls’ Life, and I knew this book was special when Kelly first shared it with me. I have been honored and blessed to be a part of this project. The Legend of the Fairy Stones is a story with HUGE potential that began with a tiny stone.
I hope you enjoy.
Product Developer and Editor
Book Editor, Girls’ Life;
Find Your Future in Art
I may be a bit biased, because I am blessed to call Kelly my good friend and writing partner. I started working with Kelly via Girls' Life magazine. We were there at the beginning (I'm still there; ) for fifteen years, until Kelly was called to other opportunities.
One thing I can attest, Kelly's artistic abilities are truly exceptional. In addition to the straight-up, awesome-scavenger hunts, the book is packed with crafts and recipes that are adaptable for DIY lovers, like myself, for birthday parties, youth group, or impromptu!
Choose Your Own Career Adventure: White House
By Kelly White and Diane Lindsey Reeves
Age: 8 - 12
Series: Choose Your Own Career Adventure
Bright Futures Press (Cherry Lake Publishing)
The Legend of the Fairy Stones
By Kelly Anne White
Morgan James Publishing, April 2, 2019
Age: 4-10, All Ages
PA: ISBN-13: 978-1642791952
Genre: Picture Book, Legend, Folk Tale, Fairy Tale; TOPICAL: Fairy Stones, Staurolite, Rocks and Fems, Jesus, art, STEM facts; Holiday-Easter; Gift book, Baptism, Teacher