Just Released! About the book (See the Exclusive Video Interview with Anna Myers Below!)
A large, loving family in the 1930s Dust Bowl finds a “tumbleweed baby”—a wild baby—in the plains near their cozy farm home. The baby’s new siblings discover the ways she fits and doesn’t fit into the family, ultimately deciding that her wildness makes her one of them. The rhythm and voice of the text make this feel like a classic tall tale, and it pairs perfectly with the dreamy, warm art from master illustrator Charles Vess.Read More...
OCAI's 4th Annual "Every School's a Winner" $250.00 Grant
Announcing the winners of our 4th Annual OCAI "Every School's a Winner" Grant . . . Out of the dozens of creative bulletin boards photos that were sent to us, the heat was on to choose our winning bulletin boards that promoted OCAI authors & illustrators. Judges worked hard and came up with two that stood out above the rest. Both winning schools will recieve a free autographed book and a $250.00 grant to be used toward the fee for any author or illustrator on OCAI to come do an author visit for an entire day! All entries, even the entries which didn't win the grants, will also receive a free autographed book just for entering! And the winners are . . .
Entered by Traci Dodgion, Straight School, Guyman OK
Traci Dogion says her school is K-6th and only has 49 students--what a tiny school! She has chosen author, Darleen Bailey Beard, and will receive a free copy of Darleen's middle-grade novel, Operation Clean Sweep. Congratulations Traci!
Lesley K. Engle, Adams Elementary, Enid, OK, entered this great entry.
Lesley has chosen author Stacy Nyikos to come visit her school. She has won a free autographed copy of Stacy's picture book, Toby. (We're still waiting for a cool photo of Lesley to post here!) Congratulations Lesley! Thanks for all who entered. All entries will receive a free autographed book, even if they weren't chosen for the grant.
Meet the OCAI Authors & Illustrators . . .
WAGGERS - COMING NOVEMBER 2014!
Moni and Michael are so excited to adopt Waggers. Waggers is too. He tries to be good; he tries really hard. But his tail goes a little crazy. Being adopted is exciting. So is baking cookies...and hunting monsters...and socks and squirrels and...wagging the paint off cars? Uh-oh. Can Waggers and his family find a way to stay together or will Waggers's tail wag them apart?
In The News . . .
Stacy Nyikos--her new picture book, Waggers, inspired by her dog, is now out and available for purchase. Way to go, Stacy!
Great news for Tammi Sauer--her picture book, Nugget & Fang, will be featured in the Scholastic book fairs and the Scholastic team is going to her house to video her so they can feature her as an author on the DVD they send out to schools with their bookfairs....way to go,Tammi!
Anna Myers---has a new picture book out called, Tumbleweed Baby! After writing 20 middle grade and young adult novels, Anna has tried her hand at writing picture books. It's getting great reviews. Click here to learn more about Anna and her fun-filled author visits which now appeal to students of ALL ages!
We have a NEW member joining OCAI--Award-winning author Stacy Nyikos and she is celebrating the release of her new book, Toby. Stacy is a frequent presenter at schools and is the author of numerous books for children that have won multiple awards. She holds a BA from Notre Dame, an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College, and a PhD from the University of Virginia . She lives with her husband, two daughters, and dog in the wilds of Oklahoma! Check out her pages right here.
Darleen Bailey Beard--Darleen reports that she has been a featured author in the reference book, Something About the Author, recently released.
Gwendolyn Hooks--Gwen had a new book out this past spring, Read Me Yellow One, part of a three-book reading series for elementary students who are learning to read and speak English. Each book in this series has a set of different themes which are composed of a fiction story and a nonfiction article on the same subject, which can easily be used by teachers to teach the essential writing and reading skills of "comparing & contrasting." Her second book in this series is also out, Read Me Yellow Two. To learn more about Gwendolyn, click here.
A new survey by children's book publisher Scholasticshows major increases in e-book reading among youths, though fully half have yet to try it. And lovers of paperbacks will be glad to hear that print books are still putting up a fight, even among younger children.
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Welcome to Oklahoma Children's Book Authors & Illustrators (OCAI).
Here you'll find information about some of the most talented people in Oklahoma. Every other month we feature a new author or illustrator in a video with an exclusive interview so you'll get to meet our OCAI authors & illustrators up-close and personal. Each video and interview is archived for easy reference on the author's/illustrator's biography page. We also provide links to contact information, "fun facts", brochures, lesson plans, & much more.
Need a grant? Check out the grant we provide on our grant page as well as both local and national grants. Be sure to send us grants that you know about because if we post a grant you suggest, we'll send you a free autographed book. We also have a "Bimonthly Question" which gives you more chances to win free books. We'd love to hear from you & we hope you'll invite an Oklahoma author or illustrator to your next book-related event!
What's Inside the OCAI Pages . . . "About the Website" explains the Goals, Vision, and Objectives for our website.
"Raving Reviews" is your responses and viewpoints of the OCAI website.
"Meet the Authors/Illustrators" provides a photo montage, a one-page bio, and photos of each author's and illustrator's book covers (all photos can be enlarged for easy viewing). You'll also find a link to each author's and illustrator's personal website, as well as a printable brochure.
"Young Adult Authors" is basically the same as Meet the Authors/Illustrators page but its exclusively designed for those authors that specialize in books aimed toward the Young Adult readers.
"Upcoming Books" provides a quick reference of who has a new book coming out, the title (if known) and the release date.
"Available for Speaking" lists the authors and illustrators who would be happy to visit your school or special event.
"Tips for Planning a Visit" shares easy tips to help you plan, prepare, and promote an author/illustrator visit or event.
"Need Grants or Funding?" is a great place to find the funds you need for your next speaker visit.
"Post a Question" is a bulletin board for you to ask our authors and illustrators questions. We'll send them your questions and then post their answers.
"In the News" has the latest book news. "Book Technology News" is for the high-tech savy viewers.
"Website Links of Interest" provides a listing of publishers, bookstores, schools, and more.
"Teacher Zone" is a great resource for teachers and a fun area for interaction between teachers. "School Listing" is a list of schools in Oklahoma.
"Kid Zone" provides a starting point for kids and young adults who are writing reports on Oklahoma authors and illustrators. They can also find scavenger hunts, puzzles, and links to other places of interest. "Games" is a fun page for kids to learn more about reading, writing, Oklahoma authors and illustrators through fun games.
"Put Yourself on this Site" is a great way for you, your organization, or company to be represented here at Oklahoma Children's Authors and Illustrators. You must meet the simple requirement of being a published author with a mainstream publisher--not a vanity press or a self-publisher AND/OR have several years of experience in visiting schools throughout the U.S. as a speaker and author with books that are recommended by teachers.Simply follow the easy directions on this page.
"Contact Us" is where you can provide OCAI feedback on anything from how much you love our site to how much you'd love to improve our site. We really do appreciate all of your comments and suggestions!
Check out our new section called Book Focus!
OCAI's Web page
Find OCAI on your smartphone. See below for an example and a QR code so you can quickly link to it on your barcode scanner app.