Category Archives: Children’s Books

The Eighth Book of Christmas

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This is the eighth day of my “The Twelve Books of Christmas” blog series. Each day through December 12 I will showcase a book written by a Colorado author who lives in the Fort Collins area. Please spread the Support Local Businesses love by purchasing a book by a local author at a local bookstore. That way your purchase will put a smile on everyone’s face.

Two independent bookstores that I recommend in Fort Collins are: Old Firehouse Books in Old Town, and Reader’s Cove on Harmony Rd. You can also find books at JAX Outdoor Gear on North College, Clothes Pony in Old Town, and the Northern Colorado Writers Studio at 108 East Monroe Dr. (Across from Tres Margaritas). Ask if they have any autographed copies in stock.

If you like true heart-warming story collections, then you’ll love…

Actual kids' letters from Fort Collins

Letters From Katrina is a coffee table book that draws inspiration from the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. Mississippi children share their Katrina survival stories and are inspired by thousands of pen-pal letters from students around the United States. Peek over the shoulder of our children, read their heartwarming letters, and discover the magic that occurs when we ask life’s most magical question…Will you be my friend?”

Note: Another wonderful book about Hurricane Katrina to pair this book with is Two Bobbies. It was written by my writer friends, Mary Nethery and Kirby Larson, and is true story about a cat and dog orphaned in the hurricane who help each other survive.

Mark Hoog

Mark Hoog is the author of the Growing Field children’s leadership series, a sought-after motivational speaker, the Executive Director of the Children’s Leadership Institute and a Captain with United Airlines. Speaking throughout the world, Mark is inspiring youth, business organizations and corporations to live life without limit through his message of Conscious Leadership.

The Sixth Book of Christmas

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This is the sixth day of my “The Twelve Books of Christmas” blog series. Each day through December 12 I will showcase a book written by a Colorado author who lives in the Fort Collins area. Please spread the Support Local Businesses love by purchasing a book by a local author at a local bookstore. That way your purchase will put a smile on everyone’s face.

Two independent bookstores that I recommend in Fort Collins are: Old Firehouse Books in Old Town, and Reader’s Cove on Harmony Rd. You can also find books at JAX Outdoor Gear on North College, Clothes Pony in Old Town, and the Northern Colorado Writers Studio at 108 East Monroe Dr. (Across from Tres Margaritas). Ask if they have any autographed copies in stock.

If you like comic books, you’ll love…

Book 4 in the Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel Series

Back at school after summer vacation, Aldo meets Danny—a deaf boy who will be a new student at Aldo’s school. Danny challenges Aldo from day one, and it will take a lot of back-and-forth to figure out if they can get along. But Danny’s not the only new fly in Aldo’s bacon grease. Aldo soon meets his cute new art teacher and finds himself doing crazy things, like losing the ability to speak when she’s around. Embarrassed about his artistic abilities, Aldo has always underplayed his talent at school, but there’s something about art class this year that spurs him to go all out in a brazen attempt to win the school art contest. All this and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dungeons & Dragons, Dagwood sandwiches, the continuing adventures of Bacon Boy, oodles of divine D words, and so much more YOU might just find yourself dumbstruck. In a good, laugh-out-loud kind of way.

Karla Oceanak, Karla Spanjer

Author Karla Oceanak is a public speaker for childhood literacy and has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years. Illustrator Kendra Spanjer is a studio artist and cartoonist. They both live in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The Twelve Books of Christmas

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Today I am beginning a blog series called “The Twelve Books of Christmas.” Each day from Dec. 1 to Dec. 12 I will showcase a book written by a Fort Collins, Colorado author. Please spread the Support Local Businesses love by purchasing a book by a local author at a local bookstore. That way your purchase will put a smile on everyone’s face.

Two independent bookstores that I recommend in Fort Collins are: Old Firehouse Books in Old Town, and Reader’s Cove on Harmony Rd. You can also find books at JAX Outdoor Gear on North College, Clothes Pony in Old Town, and the Northern Colorado Writers Studio at 108 East Monroe Drive
(Across from Tres Margaritas). Ask if they have any autographed copies in stock.

If you like art, then you’ll love…

How the West Was Drawn: Cowboy Charlie’s Art is a non-fiction children’s picture book for ages 7-12 (but actually for 7-107) that interactively looks at the art of Charles Marion Russell, famous American West painter/sculptor around the turn of the 20th Century. Questions encourage readers to see things casual viewers miss. A fun read for children and adults alike. It’ll keep the kids busy on Christmas day and beyond.

Linda L. Osmundson is the author of art, children, parent, Senior, teacher, newspaper, religious, travel, Chicken Soup and Family Circle articles. Her next book in the series, Frederic Remington’s Art, comes out February 2012. Visit Linda’s website for more information.

Linda Osmundson

November is Picture Book Month

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Did you know that November is Picture Book Month? It was created in response to the New York Times article that appeared last October claiming that the picture book was dead. Well, the movement to prove it’s very much alive has taken a more public awareness this month. A fellow Fort Collins children’s book writing coach and industry advocate wrote an article about the Importance of Children’s Books. Read what Laura Backes has to say.

Holiday Book Signings

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Signing my books at Jax Outdoor

I’ve got a bunch of book signings lined up for this holiday season, so if you’re looking for personalized gifts for your kids, friends, or to donate to your school or library, please stop by and I’d be happy to sign my books.

I have to tell you about this one signing I’m most looking forward to. Each year a local realtor gives her clients’ children a gift, and this year she is giving each one a copy of The Night Before the Night Before Christmas. I will be attending her Christmas party and doing a private reading for 50 to 100 children in her home (how fun!), then Santa will give each child a book and I will sign it especially for them. Can you image being a kid and getting such a special gift? I want to publicly thank Janell for understanding the joy a book brings to children and inviting me to be part of her holiday event, and supporting a local artist and independent bookstore.

December Book Signings:

Saturday, Dec. 3, 1:00, Presentation on An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers, Barnes & Noble on S. College in Ft. Collins during their Educators Day

Thursday, Dec. 8, 4:00-6:30, Barnes & Noble at Centerra Shopping Center in Loveland

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 4:00-7:00, Barnes & Noble at Centerra Shopping Center in Loveland

If you cannot attend any of these signings, but still would like an autographed book, I know Old Firehouse Books at 232 Walnut St. in Old Town has copies on hand (or could order them for you) and I’d be happy to sign them. (My books are also available through this site. Just click on Books above to call the titles up.)

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career and shared their stories of how my books touched their children’s and students’ lives.