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.
Midwest Book Review, May 2019 online book review, http://www.midwestbookreview.com; Vol. 19, Issue 5: A unique stand-alone picture book, "The Legend of the Fairy Stones" by Kelly Anne White shares the fictional legend of how real-life fairy stones were formed. ...Alongside its elements of fantasy and whimsy, "The Legend of the Fairy Stones" remains grounded in educational content with back matter that focuses sharply on STEAM and Common Core Standards, making it an ideal and recommended addition to both community and elementary school library collections. It should be noted for parents that "The Legend of the Fairy Stones" is also available in a paperback edition (9781642791952, $11.95). Read full review here.
The Legend of the Fairy Stones is the recipient of a 2020 Excellence-in-Craft Award for Outstanding Book from the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association, as well as a 2019 Purple Dragonfly Book Award for Best Interior Design from Story Monsters LLC.
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.Her scavenger hunt book is straight-up packed with ideas, hunts, crafts and recipes--adaptable for DIY lovers like myself, I wanted to do every activity in the book! Kelly White is my first go-to girl on editing, writing, marketing, and so much more. I am honored to work on her projects! Learn more at KellyAnneWhite.com. -from Kim Childress
The Legend of the Fairy Stones (sample page shown) is digitally collaged from an astounding mixed bag of nearly 200 beautiful artworks Kelly curated from the public domain. The illustration pictured below is an original color-by-symbols drawing from The Bible Adventure Book of Scavenger Hunts.
Dear Prudence: The Story Behind the Song
by Prudence Farrow Bruns
2015 Kirkus Best Indie Book
A Faithful Son
by Michael Scott Garvin
2017 IPPY Award Gold Medalist
Kelly Anne White is the author of award-winning The Legend of the Fairy Stones, The Bible Adventure Book of Scavenger Hunts, Outdoor Adventures: Archery, Natural Wonders of the World: Yellowstone National Park, Choose a Career Adventure: White House, and other books for kids. Upcoming projects include lift-the-flap book Loud Hosannah, middle-grade fiction series A.N.G.E.L.S. Unlimited, fanzine-style Groovy Jesus, and an adult work of creative nonfiction titled Like Fireflies through a Jungle.
The Bible Adventure Book of Scavenger Hunts
By Kelly Anne White
Readers Favorite 5-Star Review
Author & Editor, Kelly Anne White
From Basement to Sanctuary
by Holly Christine Hayes
2018 Illumination Award
Kelly has edited hundreds of books in nearly every genre. She was a national magazine editor for fifteen years, and has worked as a book editor for HarperCollins, Kirkus Editorial, Christian Editor Connection, Guideposts Books, Callisto Media, and others. This is a mere handful of favorites in Kelly's editing portfolio:
From my perspective, she was a queen fairy.
I envisioned her kingdom to be deep in the sea. Her color was mystical green, but she radiated blue light.... And suddenly, we were surrounded by rivulets, endless sky, trees, mountains, and fields of flowers, all inhabited by ethereal and illusive gnomes, goblins, elves, and fairies. —from Dear Prudence: The Story Behind the Song, by Prudence Farrow Bruns