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It’s a little less than a month before the winners are announced, but here are the award finalists for 2011:

My latest children’s picture book, The Night of Many Lights, is a finalist in the Children- Preschool category. Awards to be announced on September 1!


This book was stocked for the Grand Opening of The Dairy Experience in Columbia, Pennsylvania, last weekend (Lancaster County):

Dad & Grandad will love it! Many of the authors of the stories are farm dads and grandads…..

I just added the book trailer for The Night of Many Lights

The book should be live on any day – also available through the publisher. It’s for approximate ages 3 – 8.

This review just posted on the blog of Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of GRIT magazine:

I’ll be at the very ‘hip’ Java Room of Chelmsford on Sunday, Jan. 23rd from 11:00am-1:00pm. Jazz music, good coffee, book signing, good brunch food….

Focus of book signing will be Amber Waves of Grain anthology by Shapato Publishing. (FaceBook link from Java Room site tells more about the book signing.) Other books by both authors will be for sale as well.


Podcast interview and excerpts from True Cow Tales: Literary Sketches and Stories by Farmers, Ranchers, and Dairy Princesses at:

a bedtime story - for March 2011 release

Getting very excited about the publication of my new children’s picture book: The Night of Many Lights – – now scheduled for a March release by Shapato Publishing.

Third in the series of stories of growing up in and around small towns in the Midwest
Third book in a series of anthologies by Shapato Publishing

This book will be available very soon – early November – at . This is the third book in a series of anthologies written by people who grew up in and around small towns in the Midwest. My essay “Coming Through, Wilma” is in this book. Another of my essays is in the first book of the series, “Walking Beans Wasn’t Something You Did With Your Dog.” My father has a story in the second book: “Knee High by the Fourth of July.” His essay: “The Storm of the Century.”

I can’t say enough about how great it’s been to work with Laura Redmond.

Images for my new children’s picture book will be posted at :

The publisher for this book is Shapato Publishing   More to come… stay tuned…..

YouTube video trailer for book (for approximate ages 2-6): Beauly is a Belted Galloway (‘Oreo cow’)

Book reviews: