THREADS: Zlata's Ukrainian Shirt
Children's Picture Book (Historical Fiction) - Now Available! Published by FSG/Macmillan.
THREADS is about Zlata, a little girl growing up in Ukraine during the Famine-Genocide (also known as the Holodomor) of the 1930s. When Communists come from Russia to take food, and everything else, from her village, can Zlata, and her friendship with her best friend, Yeva, survive? THREADS is a story of struggle, friendship, and the power of hope.
This story is based on my own Grandmother's experience growing up in Ukraine. This book is helpful in understating some of the history between Ukraine and Russia, and helping children understand the current conflict.
‍The illustrations for this book are done in Acrylic Gouache paints.​​​​​​​
Through the Wardrobe: How C. S. Lewis Created Narnia
2020 / Picture Book Biography / Ages 4+ / Published by Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins
As a child, Clive Staples Lewis imagined many things...
heroic animals
and knights in armor
and a faraway land called Boxen.
He even thought of a new name for himself - at four years old, he decided he was more of a Jack.
As he grew up, though, Jack found that the real world was not as just as the one in his imagination. No magic could heal the sick or stop a war, and a bully's words could pierce as sharply as a sword. So Jack withdrew into books and eventually became a well-known author for adults.
But he never forgot the epic tales of his boyhood, and one day a young girl's question about an old family wardrobe inspired him to write a children's story about a world hidden beyond its fur coats...a world of fauns and queens and a lion named Aslan. A world of battles between good and evil, where people learned courage and love and forgiveness. A magical realm called Narnia.​​​​​​​
Buy Through the Wardrobe on Amazon, or contact your local bookstore!
Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala
2018 / Picture Book Biography / Ages 4+ / Published by Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins
When Malala Yousafzai was born, her father looked into her eyes and knew she could do anything. 
In Pakistan, some people believed girls should not be educated. But Malala and her father were not afraid. She secretly went to school and spoke up for education in her country. 
And even though an enemy tried to silence her powerful voice, she would not keep quiet. Malala traveled around the world to speak about the right to education and equality of opportunity for every person. She would should so that those without a voice could be heard. So everyone could be free as a bird.​​​​​​​
Buy Free as a Bird on Amazon, or contact your local bookstore!
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