Category: Books for Kids

See You @ Mesa Book Festival 2018

Hey Folks! We’re at the Mesa Book Festival this weekend, Saturday, December 8th, 2018 in downtown Mesa, Arizona. We’ve got a small handful of new books that will make great gifts for the authors, artists, poets, and storytellers in your life. Sean Buvala shows you two of these new books in this short video. PLUS+ we’ve got a simple and fun craft project for kids (and big kids and bigger kids…all y’all) See you this weekend in Mesa! #mesabookfestival2018 #mbf2018 #mesabookfest2018

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New: You Wake Up One Morning- A Journal for Tweens and PreTeens

Come take a look at this new video for our latest journal for younger authors and creative spirits. Help your tweens break away from screen time to create journals, grids, graphics, and more. They’ll be inspired by more than 50 imaginative quotes about the world they discover when they “wake up one morning.” Fun, creative. Great gifts for the those kids ages 10-13.

Learn more at http://youwakeuponemorning.com.

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Now! You Wake Up One Morning. . .

cover of you wake up one morning featuring doodles of typical morning items such as a shcool bus unmade bed shower panckakes cerealA prompted journal for creative expression in words and art for kids in the ages (suggested) of 9-13. Get One Here.

You Wake Up One Morning. . .

  • . . .and there’s a tiger in the corner of your room.
  • . . .everything you wish for comes true.
  • . . .you are only 2 inches tall.

What Would YOU do? Create Your Answer in Words and Art!

This journal has dozens of fun prompts all about “waking up one morning” and so many different blank pages just waiting for creative thoughts and art: boxed pages, journal pages, college-ruled, storyboards, graphic-novel style layouts and more!

Choose and Get Started!

Take a look through the prompts and find one that gets your brain-juice flowing. Then find a page that lets you write your thoughts or make your art…whatever you want to do! There are no “right” answers in this journal, no correct way to be creative. Go for it!

Two Styles Available!

You can get the journal in paperback binding or spiral-bound. The spiral-bound uses a sturdy, professional-grade plastic coil binding designed to last. (The spiral-binding is on back order until December 1. Shipments with this binding will be delayed.)

A Great Gift!

Hey Parents, Grandparents and All Caregivers: Give the gift of mind-engaging, screens-down creativity! Take a look at this journal for the growing writer and artist in your world. With plenty of room for self-expression in a size that is backpack-perfect (7×10 inches), you probably have at least one “big kid” somewhere in your life who would love a journal like this.

Compiled by K. Sean Buvala, whose decades of experience in story development, creative expression and on-stage storytelling has taken him throughout the U.S. and Canada. The prompts in this book have been chosen to perfectly fit the fresh “abstract-thinking” mind of the preteen kid.

Also available on Amazon at http://a.co/d/1M0hY13.

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Cover Reveal: Don’t Throw Me in the Cholla Patch!

cover of the book don't throw me in the cholla patch with yellow lettering for the title. pictured is a tiny bandana wearing woodrat falling backward toward a cholla cactus patch as if he has been flung there. comicalWe’re happy to show you the latest cover design for our next book for kids! Marc Severson’s “Don’t Throw Me in the Cholla Patch!” will be released officially in January 2019. Illustrated by Francesco Orazzini, this fun book for older kids features the creatures of the Sonoran desert in a reimagined trickster tale!

As we roll out this book, come visit the web page at chollapatch.com for more information! Add your name to our mailing list on the right-hand side of the page so that we can tell you more about this upcoming work. A book for bigger kids, it features a higher-reading level text and fantastic illustrations that are just a bit quirky.

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New! Aves! Insectos! Bestias con Alas! Birds! Bugs! Beasts with Wings!

bright yellow cover of book with words and up close picture of a honey beeExplore the world of living things with wings in this fun book for the young child.

Bright photos are matched with simple sentences and rhymes.

En Inglés y Español.
Tips for parents included, too.

It’s a cute little picture book for parents and caregivers to read with a small child, but it’s really a tool for growing literacy in the young child! The keys to early literacy: read the words, look at the pictures, ask questions, talk about what you see.

Go here http://birdsbugsbeastswithwings.com

Small Tooth Dog at Tempe Book Festival 2017

So, how much fun did we have at the Tempe Book Festival? Lots and lots. We were proud to introduce #PrincessCortland from the “Apples for the Princess” book, too! Thank you so much to the good team at Tempe Public Library for putting on such a great and diverse event.

princess cortland with sharon gilbert

princess cortland with jill from the library, standing in a hand-held frame with lots of apples on it
Princess Cortland with Jill from the Tempe Public Library.
michelle buvala stands at a table full of books and art
Michelle works at the vendor space at the Tempe Book Festival.
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An Aesop Tease

watercolor collage illustration of the wren and eagle Aesop fable.Just a little tease of the art from our forthcoming “The Fox and the Crow” collection of Aesop tales. Currently on for a late August release. All art by Michelle Buvala of The Mesquite Tree Studio in Arizona. This is a piece from “The King of the Birds” fable.

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Fox and Crow Teaser Video

Just a little video of Michelle working on the artwork for the next “The Fox and the Crow: Art and Stories Inspired by Aesop” book. Enjoy.

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Leave a Book: Little Free Library in Yuma, Arizona

On a recent outing to the Yuma Storytelling Festival, we stopped by the Little Free Library at Arizona Western College. Who doesn’t want to see a TARDIS-shaped library? Michelle inscribed and donated a copy of Apples for the Princess to the library. If you don’t know much about these libraries, you can learn more on the website here.

pictures of the little free library in yuma arizona

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“Apples for the Princess” in the News!

michelle buvala sits at a table of books from teh apples for the princess series
We’re pleased and grateful for the front-page article from the West Valley View in Avondale, Arizona. There are a two great pictures and a good article that talks a bit more about the philosophy of the author and illustrator. Thank you to the WVV team who put this together. Above is a picture of Michelle Buvala, the illustrator for Apples for the Princess (Amazon Link) book. Taken at the “Art is Alive” festival in Goodyear, Arizona.

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