children's books

A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle EdwardsCommunity knitters share warmth, and life-long knitter Michelle Edwards models this brand of kindness in her newly released picture book, A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love. Michelle will read this heart-warming story to kids and adults and teach kids to make yarn pom-poms Saturday, Nov. 12th, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM in the At Home Store on the Fairfield, Iowa square.

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    Dec 12
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    Dec 15
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Writers' Voices Very Special Christmas

Night before ChristmasWhen my kids were small, I ordered a personalized book for them.  It had their names in the story, and the names of their pets, but it was a cheaply made paperback and the story wasn't memorable.  Still, they liked seeing their names in print.

Today, print-on-demand technology has changed the publishing world in many ways; not the least in the availability of high-quality, hard cover children's books from companess like This week on Writers' Voices, we welcome Maia Haag, President of I See Me!  We will be talking with her about how the business was started, and the technology behind it; how they work with authors and illustrators, and the impact these lovely books have on children.

In the second half of this Christmas special, Caroline will share some of her favorite Christmas stories collected over the past almost 80 years!

Join us for another Writers' Voices Christmas!


Always rollicking, often rhyming, and sometimes historical, Jill Esbaum's 17 kids' books have snagged tons of awards. Released by Dial Books for Young Readers in 2014, her two newest children's picture books, I Hatched! and I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo!, were inspired by Iowa farm life. Jill and her husband raise corn, soybeans, and hundreds of pigs on a farm near Dixon, Iowa.

The five new kids' books Jill has out this year also include National Geographic Kids' Angry Birds Playground: Rain Forest. To find out how Jill's fondness for farmland and familiarity with hard work fuel her successful writing and publishing career, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Jill this week!

Fizz, Boom Fun! Extending beyond storytime, free Fairfield Public Library activities this summer include insect and animal zoos, science movies, Lego days, and much, much more. Youth Services Director Afton Hallauer has tons of science-related programs planned to keep your kids happy and their reading and science skills fresh.

Learn all about the library's free summer kids' programs and about other organizations' children's activites 1:00-4:30 PM Saturday, June 7th at the library. Even FAIRfest has something special for kids this year: author Jeanette Hopkins will lead a story hour replete with singing, dancing, and juggling at the library 2:00-3:00PM Saturday, June 21st. For a detailed description of the many ways you can head off your kids' summer complaints about boredom, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Afton this week.

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    Jan 20
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    Jan 22
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Why Books for Kids Still Matter: Loren Long & Sarah Aronson

Do children's books still matter? Children's book authors Loren Long and Sarah Aronson have slightly different takes on why kids and reading belong together. Famous for illustrating picture books by President Barack Obama and pop star Madonna, Loren is best loved for writing and illustrating wildly popular books about Otis, a brave and humble farm tractor. Loren treasures the feeling of security young children experience when adults take time to read to them. Sarah writes middle grade and young adult novels, like Beyond Lucky and Believe, that inspire young people to thoughfully consider their views on leadership, friendship, and faith. Both authors have much to say during this episode of The Studio with Cheryl Fusco Johnson, pictured here with Loren Long.


Published in eight languages, Darcy Pattison's children's books earned her the Arkansas Governor's Art Award for Individual Artist in 2007.

Two years later she launched Mims House to independently publish children's books (such as Prairie Storms) and how-to-write books for adults (such as Novel Metamorphosis: Uncommon Ways to Revise and The Book Trailer Manual).

Darcy's independently published books win prizes, are acclaimed by major review media, and earn her a profit. How does she do it?

Learn specific strategies for succeeding at independent publishing during this episode of The Studio with Cheryl.

Lighthouse in North Carolina

Anola Pickett makes history intriguing for kids of all ages. She's repeated the 2011 success of her juvenile historical novel Wasatch Summer, set in Utah in 1889, with a great just-released page-turner, Whisper Island, set in 1913 in North Carolina's Outer Banks. Abandoned by her mother, protagonist Primmy longs to someday join the U.S. Life-Saving Service like her dad and older brother, but until 1919 this precursor to the U.S. Coast Guard accepted only men.

With an exquisite eye for detail and a deep understanding of human nature, Anola utlizes all the skills and knowledge she developed as an urban language arts teacher and avid world traveler to pump life into days gone by. Adults, too, will enjoy this book! Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week to learn Anola's techniques for making her travels pay off.

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    Jun 21
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    Jun 24
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Publishing As a Family Activity

Camp GhoulogThis week on Writers' Voices, Caroline and Monica talk to three different authors for whom writing (and publishing) is a a family activity. First, Aman Charles, author of 3 children's books before the age of 10, joins us in the studio. His most recent book is "Camp Ghoulog," published by 1st World Publishing,


Next up is Patricia Caffee, author of the "Issy Books" for emerging readers, which are adorably illustrated by her five year old granddaughter, Isybilla Gee.Issy Books

Middle schooler Alex Watson and his father, author, professor and recent Writers' Voices guest Dr. Robert P. Watson, wrote and published "Tsunami", a young adult action adventure novel, and launched a website to encourage other families to do the same. Check out the web site for their upcoming writing contest.