Books donated to the Children’s Museum of St. Croix

Books donated to the Children’s Museum of St. Croix

Three kids, Zion, Jasmine and Riley enjoying reading the set of books I donated to The Children’s Museum of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thanks to the kids! You are who I write for. And thanks to my friend Marlon Williams who told me about the weekend.

Zion reading All the King’s Animals.

Jasmine reading The Odyssey of Iz.

Riley reading Hope is Here!

The mission of the Children’s Museum of St. Croix is to provide a multi-faceted, interactive, creative space for children and families to discover a variety of learning opportunities inherent in play. Unlike an art museum, one with displays only, or similar “no touch” museums, the Children’s Museum is designed for children to interact with displays and manipulate materials that provide opportunities to explore, create, learn – and have fun.” (Source: St. Croix Children’s Museum website)

With my books for kids I have a personal writing agenda, which is to get the good news out about Africa.

Cristina Kessler

Award Winning Author. Photographer. World Traveler.

Hope is Here! Top Honors winner for the Lumen Award, given for “excellence in nonfiction for young readers.”

Hope is Here! Top Honors winner for the Lumen Award, given for “excellence in nonfiction for young readers.”

For Immediate Release
Children’s Literary Classics

http://www.clcawards.org/2015_Book_Awards_Winners.html

We’d like to be the first to congratulate you on your literary success! It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2015 Literary Classics Book award honorees.
You can be very proud to be in such esteemed company. Our judges were thoroughly impressed by the level of excellence demonstrated by this year’s entries.

You are our Top Honors winner for the Lumen Award, given for “excellence in nonfiction for young readers.” Award recipients were selected from entries
received from around the globe. Top Honors award recipients will receive Top Honors award images and further instructions in a separate email.

The 2015 Literary Classics book award recipients will be recognized during an awards presentation to be held on April 2, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention
Center. Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic literature which
appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations.

Judging is based upon the
criteria set forth by Literary Classics’ highly selective awards committee which honors books promoting character, vision, creativity and learning, through
content which possesses key elements found in well-crafted literature. The Literary Classics judging committee is comprised of experts with backgrounds in
publishing, writing, editing, design, illustration, and book reviewing.

We’d like to invite you to the Literary Classics Book Awards presentation and private authors’ reception to be held on April 2, 2016 in Los Angeles. –As a 2015
Literary Classics Top Honors Book Award recipient, you will receive one full complimentary pass to attend the AWP Conference. Award recipients were
selected from entries received from around the globe.

Congratulations again!

Literary Classics
P.O. Box 3362
Rapid City, SD 57709
www.clcawards.org

Hope is Here! by Cristina Kessler, earns the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Hope is Here! by Cristina Kessler, earns the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval

“I am excited and proud to share this good news with all my family and friends. I received it while in Africa and hope to have the press release go out next week. I am honored that HOPE IS HERE! has received this recognition. Yahoo!”

For Immediate Release
Children’s Literary Classics

http://www.clcreviews.blogspot.com/2015/06/hope-is-here-by-cristina-kessler-earns.html

Children’s Literary Classics is pleased to announce that the children’s picture book, Hope is Here!, written by Cristina Kessler and illustrated by Marcos Castillo, has been selected to receive the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval. The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Children’s Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.

Hope is Here! is the fascinating story of a small migratory bird called Hope. Hope is a Whimbrel, a bird about the size of a duck, which was implanted with a solar antenna for the purpose of scientific research. It is the research team’s intent to learn the migratory patterns of these birds to help protect the eco-system upon which they depend. The story, as told by a teacher to her students, recounts the incredible journey made by Hope each year from Canada all the way to her breeding grounds in the Caribbean. Over a four year period, Hope provided valuable data which will help ensure that more of her kind will continue to thrive in the many places they call home.

The book includes photographs and colorful illustrations along with a glossary and even suggestions on how to help protect Hope’s delicate eco-system.

Hope is Here! is well written and provides a great deal of information to keep young readers engaged. This book is recommended for classroom reading, and for home and school libraries.

Children’s Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in children’s literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic children’s literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations.

To learn more about Children’s Literary Classics, you may visit their website at www.clcawards.org or www.childrensliteraryclassics.com

First-ever SKYPE Visiting Author presentations with Colegio International Puerto la Cruz in Venezuela

First-ever SKYPE Visiting Author presentations with Colegio International Puerto la Cruz in Venezuela

On April 3 and 4, 2014 Cristina participated in her first-ever SKYPE “Visiting Author” presentations with Colegio International Puerto la Cruz in Venezuela (CIPLC).

On Thursday she shared two “Behind the Books” programs with 42, 1 and 2 – graders, and again with 40 students from grades 3 and 4 . She also enjoyed a Future Authors Lunch with 11 kids from grades 3 through 5 .

On Friday she shared her “Behind the Books” slide program with 34, 5 and 6 graders, and had lunch with 10 future authors from grades 6 – 8 . After lunch she led a writers’ workshop on “Using the Five Senses”, “Show Don’t Tell”, and “Be Specific” for 24, 7 and 8 grade students.

Overall, it was a very positive experience for both students and Cristina. Librarian Gwen Martin, who did a great job organizing the kids and hosting the program, wrote to say, “A parent just stopped me to say his son talked about you non-stop last night!” Cristina sends all the students her thanks for being such great audiences, with great questions about, and observations of her books.

For Cristina, the only drawback was no hugs! None of this would have been possible without Jennifer Nelson Saracevic, owner and director of Jennifer Nelson LLC. She was the technical wizard behind it all, running the Power Point program from Chicago for Cristina in the Virgin Islands and CIPLC in Venezuela. Thanks to her, all went very smoothly. Big thanks to Jennifer, and her colleague, Janet Wendland, who first proposed this visit.

When the six hours of presentations were completed, Cristina, who admits to being technologically challenged, told Jennifer and Gwen, “Well I guess you can teach old dog new tricks! It’s great to have a new skill.” Any schools interested in SKYPE visits, or live visits by Cristina should contact Jennifer Nelson at (www.jennifernelson.com).

EPSCoR has embraced HOPE IS HERE!

EPSCoR has embraced HOPE IS HERE!

It is exciting to announce that EPSCoR has embraced HOPE IS HERE! by placing a large order to share with local kids.

According to Assistant Director, Nicholas Drayton, “The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) is a Territorial
program, whose aim is to build the Territory’s scientific capacity by improving our strengths in marine and environmental research, policy and decisionmaking, education and outreach, in order to more effectively address issues of vital importance to a healthy and sustainable future for the Virgin Islands.

We are impressed with the publication “Hope is Here!”. It is expertly crafted, and will contribute significantly to the accomplishment of some of our program’s
goals, especially with regard to the elementary school student sub-group. We have bought 500 copies for free distribution to students of elementary school age, as a motivator to stimulate their interest in science and the environment. This book will be distributed across the Territory at various local events throughout the year.”

Thanks EPSCoR for supporting my new book, and encouraging kids in the VI to get out and enjoy nature and become birdwatchers! I hope they all enjoy this
book that I like to call “science with a heart!

Cristina Kessler’s My Great-Grandmother’s Gourd on A Season’s Griot 2013 WHQR Storytelling by Joyce Grear

Cristina Kessler’s My Great-Grandmother’s Gourd on A Season’s Griot 2013 WHQR Storytelling by Joyce Grear

I am very proud and honored that My Great-Grandmother’s Gourd was featured on A Season’s Griot, a one-hour storytelling show honoring the African-American holiday of Kwanzaa, focusing on the theme of families, fatherhood and community, and aired on WHQR 91.3 FM. Thank you Madafo Lloyd Wilson for choosing my book, and thank you Joyce Grear for a beautiful reading.

Excerpt from the article “Only Kwanzaa public radio program in the U.S. continues its tradition after 20 years” by Amanda Greene on December 26, 2013:

It was mid-October, but the two storytellers were planning for Kwanzaa in late December.

Wilmington storyteller Joyce Grear (http://joycegrear.com/) and Madafo Lloyd Wilson (http://www.madafo.com/), longtime storyteller and host of “A Season’s Griot,” (http://whqr.org/post/seasons-griot-2013) were dickering over which story she should read this year. They sat in the wide, barren conference room between radio studios at WHQR Public Radio where “A Season’s Griot” has been produced for more than two decades as the only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa radio show in the country.

Storytellers Madafo Lloyd Wilson and Joyce Grear prepare to record a story for “A Season’s Griot,” a Kwanzaa program on Public Radio International.

Photo by: Amanda Greene

One was a Japanese tale; the other was a version of an Aesop’s fable about the baobab tree. The baobab tree won.

“Ahh, this is great,” Wilson said after finishing his reading, tapping the book with his finger. “This is the story.”

“How did you come to that,” Grear asked.

“The tree, the image of the tree, the little girl helping the elder,” he said. “This is what the show’s about.”

This year’s one-hour storytelling show honoring the African-American holiday Kwanzaa features the theme of fatherhood and airs on WHQR 91.3 FM at noon Thursday (Dec. 26) on the first day of Kwanzaa and will re-air at 7 p.m. Dec. 29 on WHQR. Kwanzaa is celebrated from Thursday (Dec. 26)- Jan. 1.

– See more at: http://wilmingtonfavs.com/2013/12/26/kwanzaa-public-radio-program-u-s-continues-tradition-20-years/#sthash.PgRky8vW.dpuf