Taking flight into imagination
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MELODY SHORE MYSTERIES
Carole Lynn Jones
Carole Lynn Jones is the author of the Melody Shore Mysteries and several children’s books. She thinks of her writing process as scrambling eggs. You crack open the case, expose the characters and then create a story that is satisfying. A little salt, pepper, and hot sauce are always necessary. When she isn’t putting her imagination to work writing cozy mysteries or picture books, she spends her days and sometimes nights formatting legal documents for a large law firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Always a storyteller, when a friend invited her to a college writing workshop she discovered an outlet that turned a hobby to a passion. She enjoys biking the many bike trails of Western Pennsylvania and spending time at home allowing her cat Elvis to turn her lap into his favorite seat. Married to her high school sweetheart, she has two grown children and one spoiled cat. Find her online at @CaroleJonesy (Twitter), @carole_lynn_jones (Instagram).
KNEW: THE SCREENPLAY
Poet T.L. Sanders, also known as Àtwist – The Language Artist, educator, now Director of Curriculum and Instruction, has a passion for empowering people. His goal is to inspire, evolve and expand people’s minds one word at a time. As a National Writing Project teacher consultant and Paper Birch Landing Art Gallery’s 2019 Poet in Residence Recipient Sanders has created a hybrid screenplay, "kNew." kNew is a hybrid screenplay at the heart of open mic. Like jazz, @poet.tlsanders spoken word poetry is his affinity for sound. “Intense, gripping...a one-two punch ...written in fire and delivered with thunder," writes reviewer Kelly Luck.
Sanders is an educational speaker and a spoken word artist at many state events and conferences. He has a passion for empowering people; to inspire, evolve and expand language one word at a time. Find him on YouTube under Bethephenom and on Twitter @PoetTLSanders or www.poetTLSanders.com
Sweetened Condensed is two parts sugar, three parts milk: the life of a writer and mother of six encapsulated into raw moments of lyrical free verse with the author's black and white photography. Rebecca Grabill's first collection of poetry brings her readers home to rural Michigan and into the world of a woman on the path less traveled-- wife, daughter, teacher, author, and mother of six. She writes, "I love words, the music they make, their personalities and scents and textures. Words are like Sendak’s Wild Things, each clamoring for their own Rumpus. I love creating stories by taming a few of those wild and wily words, and I love inspiring others to explore their own creativity."
Rebecca is an award-winning author of the picture books, Halloween Good Night (Atheneum, Simon & Schuster), Violet and the Woof (Katherine Tegen Books, HarperCollins), A Year With Mama Earth (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers 2019). Her other publications include poetry and essays in a broad range of literary journals. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University and is a Sustainable Arts Foundation awardee and is represented by Victoria Wells Arms of Wells Arms Literary and Karen Neumair of Credo Communications. She lives in rural Michigan with her husband, six children, and two cats. Follow her at https://www.rebeccagrabill.com or on Facebook.
WHAT'S THAT SOUND?
LeAnne Bauman Litka
This delightfully creative book with artful cut-paper illustrations by LeAnne Bauman Litka playfully engages young readers with visual cues to isolate sounds within words using beginning middle and end; inviting fingers to touch and trace from top to bottom and left to right. Simple, neat, these time-tested images are easily recognizable silhouettes so students can connect letters to their sound partners. Readers are rewarded by increasingly detailed illustrations, and the coming to life of their new letter friends.
When a young child fails to pick up all the letter-sound relationships they are often regulated to a special reading group where they must repeatedly show their ability to learn the letter sounds with flashcards which only teach recognition. “What’s That Sound?” works on many levels as an interactive tool whether used in a group or individually, students learn the link between letters and sounds. The picture book is not just for ABC’s. It is beautiful, fun and empowering with additional visual cues to build sound connections in order from left to right at a student’s own pace. After all, children WANT to learn! “What’s That Sound?” provides tools to do just that.
“What’s That Sound” introduces the empowering concept to early readers, the letter-sound relationship with strategic visual concepts used by literacy specialists in the field. Alone or with guidance, children will enjoy interacting in a fun and engaging new experience to see, hear, and repeat sources of sound. A very young child can look at a picture of a duck and say, “Quack!” “What’s That Sound?” uses this same connection to demonstrate the idea that letter shapes on the page also represent a spoken sound.
ROAD MAP: POEMS AND PAINTINGS
Kēvin Callahan has a BFA from Drake University, post-grad work at San Francisco Art Institute, Larry Abramson, The Ox-Bow School, Art Institute Chicago, and Phil Hanson/Michelle Grabner. His award-winning artwork hangs in collections throughout the United States, and in Canada, Europe, and Israel. After a career in graphic design, he has published a novel and two short story collections, plus numerous poems often in conjunction with his art. His distinctive modern portraits and figures are shown worldwide including a line of handcrafted wood items at Prairie Primitive.com. He maintains a studio and gallery, the Elegant Line, in Parkville, MO.
HITCH A RIDE ON THE COLOR EXPRESS
Danielle D. Williams
Meet Danielle D. Williams. In 2006, She earned a BFA in Animation from Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and afterward went on to teach art at private schools, church events, early education centers, and workshops. She has also taught as a continuing education and professional studies instructor for the Kansas City Art Institute. In 2016, Danielle completed her Master’s in Teaching and Learning. We are so honored to have Danielle as one of our newest authors who is writing books for the very young with an emphasis on visual and kinetic learning.
I am Mikhail Dreyon. I was born on Mars. I grew up at the base of Olympus Mons. I have known only struggle in this life. And every step of the way I looked to the left and right of the trodden path to ask… What if? It is only after tragedy that anyone realizes the need to change. Now I live in the highlands of the Midwest. Above all else, I miss the stillness of my home world. I write stories. It is only in mystery you could see me as I truly am, a human seeking to brighten a world shadowed. Together, we will leave this world to walk among the planes of imagination.
37 WAYS I BECAME AN ADVENTURE
(AND YOU CAN TOO!)
Alexis Webb Bechtold
Alexis lives at the crossroads of art and adventure where she combines her passion for community & curiosity while claiming the mantle of “multipotentialite.” She is an eco-artist and photographer with her education in outdoor experiential education and recreation. "I love helping people find deeper meaning in what they do every day."
Fun facts about Alexis:
Her customer service skills are off the hook!
She served as her high school mascot, the beloved Freddie Falcon.
A creative problem solver, she's kind of like a Swiss Army knife.
Event and program developer, team builder, at camps, challenge courses, art shows and now X37!