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About Shirley Raye Redmond

Shirley Raye is an award-winning nonfiction writer and former columnist for The Santa Fe New Mexican, Shirley Raye Redmond has sold 36 books and over 450 articles to a wide variety of publications.
Shirley Raye is an award-winning nonfiction writer and former columnist for The Santa Fe New Mexican, Shirley Raye Redmond has sold 36 books and over 450 articles to a wide variety of publications, including The Pacific Stars and Stripes and Cosmopolitan as well as Highlights for Children and Focus on the Family magazine. Two of her nonfiction children’s titles have sold more than 200,000 copies each. Her devotions have appeared in several Guideposts devotionals, and she has written mysteries for Guideposts’ fictional series, Savannah Secrets. 

Courageous World Changers: 50 True Stories of Daring Women of God (Harvest House) won a 2021 Christianity Today Book Award. Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President (Random House) was a Children’s Book of the Month Club selection. Pigeon Hero! (Simon and Schuster) won an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. Patriots in Petticoats, Heroines of the American Revolution was named one of the best children’s books of the year in 2004, when it was released by Random House. Her historical romance, Rosemary’s Glove, won the 2009 New Mexico Book Award. It was a finalist in the Phoenix Desert Rose Golden Quill Contest that year too. 
 
Shirley Raye has one husband, two grown children, five delightful grandchildren, and an M.A. in Literature. She has taught a variety of writing and literature courses at the University of New Mexico–Los Alamos campus, WORDHARVEST Writers Workshops, the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference, and many other venues across the country. Shirley Raye is represented by Books & Such Literary Management.
 

About Jennifer McKerley

Jennifer McKerley is a teacher and award-winning author of twelve children’s books. Her latest books are Blue Ribbons, No Green Things and Lone Star the Lawman (Heinemann Publishing, 2020).
 Jennifer McKerley is a teacher and award-winning author of twelve children’s books. Her latest books are Blue Ribbons, No Green Things and Lone Star the Lawman (Heinemann Publishing, 2020).

Random House published her first children’s book Man O’War: Best Racehorse Ever, as well as Amazing Armadillos, which was the 2010 winner for Young Readers Book in the New Mexico Book Awards. Also, Bank Street College of Education named Amazing Armadillos as one of the best children’s books of 2010. Amazing Armadillos has sold more than 150,000 copies and has been printed in French and Braille.
 
Picture Window Books published her fiction titles for ages 4-8: There Goes Turtle’s Hat and Rules of The Net. She has written four books for the Gale-Cengage Monster Series, ages 9 and up. Her young adult title, Football: Science Behind Sports, (Lucent), was the 2013 Winner for Young Adult Book in the AZ-NM Book Awards.
 
Shirley Raye's Books

Courageous and Bold Bible Heroes

This colorful book introduces children to 50 ordinary men and women who God gifted with extraordinary courage to accomplish incredible things.

Courageous World Changers

50 True Stories of Daring Women of God - Winner 2021 Christianity Today Book Award in the Children’s Book Category

Bold Heroes and Brave Defenders

50 True Stories of Daring Men of God

Change the World

10 Daring Women of God

Be Bold and Brave

10 Daring Men of God

Stand Strong : 10 Inspiring Men of God

Stand Strong introduces little ones to ten men of steadfast faith who changed the world by standing up for what they believed in and exemplifying Christ's love for others.

Lead the Way

Lead the Way introduces little ones to ten women of steadfast faith who changed the world by standing up for what they believed in and exemplifying Christ’s love for others.   

Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson sends Lewis and Clark out west to explore. He tells them to make maps, draw pictures, and collect plants. Most importantly, he tells them to send presents. What kind of present is good enough for a president?

Tentacles

For centuries, sailors have handed down stories of the giant squid. They say this mysterious monster of the deep chases ships and battles whales. They say it can weigh up to 1,000 pounds and that its eyes can be as big as a human head! Are these stories fact or fantasy? Find out in this exciting beginning reader.

Fairies

From the forest fairies of West Africa to the magical brownies of Scotland, people have told stories about fairies for a long, long time. Fairy fans and beginning readers will delight in this easy-to-read look at fairy folklore and sightings through the ages.

The Dog That Dug for Dinosaurs

There once was a little dog named Tray. He lived in England with his owner, Mary Ann Anning. Besides Mary Ann, Tray loved one other thing: He loved to dig for dinosaur bones. Together he and Mary Ann found small bones, big bones, and even entire skeletons. 

Pigeon Hero

In a town in Italy during World War II the people have surrendered without firing a shot. But American warplanes are due to arrive, and the radio's broken, so no one can tell them to call off the attack! G. I. Joe, a carrier pigeon, is the only one who can take the message to the Americans. Will he make it in time and save the town?

Wyatt and the Duck

Every Saturday Wyatt goes to the park. One Saturday, Wyatt finds a lost duck. Can Wyatt help the little duck find his family?

The Princesses' Lucky Day

Princess May and Princess June are on a hunt for something special. Will they get lucky and find what they are looking for?

Pup's Prairie Home

Pup doesn't want to live in a prairie dog hole anymore. It's deep and dark. Will a hungry, screeching hawk change his mind?

The Princess and Her Pony

Princess May and Princess June are on a hunt for something special. Will they get lucky and find what they are looking for?

The Alamo

Texas, the twenty-eighth state to join the Union, fought one of the United States's most famous battles at the Alamo. The Texans and native Tejanos, with the help of volunteers including Davy Crockett, would have rather died than surrender their freedom to Mexico. Even though Mexican soldiers outnumbered the Texans, the Texans held strong for longer than anyone could have imagined.

Patriots in Petticoats

Princess May and Princess June are on a hunt for something special. Will they get lucky and find what they are looking for?

Blind Tom

Everyone knows that trains helped build the West, but few know the story of Blind Tom, a sightless workhorse who pulled flatcars for construction crews on the world's first transcontinental rail-road. 
Monsters Series

Mermaids

The mesmerizing mermaid made its first appearance in our imagination in 1000 B.C. With the upper body of a woman, and the tail of a powerful fish, this creature has been spotted by sailors, shore travelers, and sea divers, but does she really exist? Readers will enjoy this introduction to mermaids.

Golem

The golem came from Jewish lore and Talmudic origins. It was a lump of inanimate matter that turns into a creature. Readers will be fascinated to learn how the golem has traveled as a concept throughout many cultures and represents many things other than a monster made from our minds.

Bunyips

Readers are taken on a journey to Australia's lore of the bunyip. This book describes its origin, menacing characteristics, and the monster's legacy in popular culture.

The Jersey Devil

Introduce readers to Mother Leeds and her fateful offspring. She gave birth to her 13th child, who she cursed out of frustration of being pregnant again, that the child would be the devil. Born as a normal child, the 13th child changed to a creature with hooves, a goat's head, bat wings, and a forked tail.

Cerberus

Spell-bound readers will explore the Greek myth of Cerberus, a many-headed dog who guarded the entrance to the underworld.
Jennifer's Books

Blue Ribbons

Sheridan has told a lie. The only thing worse than being found out by a newspaper reporter is being found out by his gran.

No Green Things

Sometimes even ogres don’t like to eat green things. Mama O and Papa O urge Oggie to try just one bite of something green. They even promise him a pet bat if he does. But Oggie does something funny and surprising.

Man O' War

How a shaky colt becomes the horse of the century.

Amazing Armadillos

Dillos jump 3’ straight up and climb fences. They always bear quadruplets and will even share their burrow with a skunk. Those are just a few of the fun facts you’ll learn in this award-winning book.

Lone Star the Lawman

Clowns are supposed to be funny, but look out! This one is a bank robber. Still, he’s no match for Lone Star and his stead Trusty, who solve the crime together.

There Goes Turtle's Hat

Turtle’s hat blows around the zoo until finally, the big gnu offers a fun fix.

Rules of the Net

If Carlos tells the truth, will his friend get mad?

Science Behind Sports: Football 

Books in this series explore the scientific principles behind some of the most popular team and individual sports; basic physical science concepts are explained in an engaging and accessible manner. 
Monsters Series

Goblins

Goblin stories come from all over the world. The sole purpose of these imaginary, evil creatures is to inflict revenge on humans and gain power over them. Goblins are most dangerous when they wander about under cover of darkness.

Swamp Monsters

From the Monsters Series: Frightening monsters who roam the night. Fascinating beasts from the deep.

Hydra

Causing terror wherever she went, the hydra was called the destroyer of men. The imaginary serpent had nine heads, one of which was immortal.

The Kraken

From the Monsters Series: Frightening monsters who roam the night. Fascinating beasts from the deep. Describes the legends and tales of the sea monster known as the Kraken and how it was discovered that giant squids actually exist; recounts encounters with the giant squid; and discusses how the Kraken is portrayed in popular culture.
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