Win a 'Spring Six Pack of Books' for your school library.
How to Enter--Send us a note, explaining what you are doing to inspire and encourage your students on their state testing. (See what Principal Randy Turney in Elk City is doing below.)
How to Win--The more creative and unusual, the better chance you have of winning. If there's something fun to see, please send us a photo so we can share it with our visitors. We'll collect your ideas/photos and the best ones will be posted on our homepage and the teacher/librarian/principal with the very best idea will receive our 'Spring Six Pack of Books' from OCAI authors & illustrators.
Deadline to Enter: May 9, 2014. Winner will be announced and books will be sent the following week.
Spring Into Reading
Congratulations to Tammi Sauer winner of the 2014 Oklahoma Book Award!
Principal Wins Spring Six Pack
Congratulations to Randy Turney, principal of Grandview 5th & 6th Grade Center in Elk City, OK, who won our "Spring Six Pack" of books and who also inspired a new contest for OCAI. (See the new contest at the top of this page.)
Randy is the winner because he is providing inspiration for his students to do their best on their state testing by asking community leaders and authors/illustrators to send letters to his students to encourage them on their upcoming tests. As the letters are arriving, he reads them aloud each day on the loudspeaker and then posts the letters in the hallways for all his students to read and be inspired.
Great idea, Randy! OCAI is proud of your effort and is awarding you with the following free autographed books, along with a batch of postcards and some fabulous bookmarks illustrated by Chris Nick and Mike Wimmer:
Operation Clean Sweep, by Darleen Bailey Beard
Pest Costume Party, by Gwendolyn Hooks
Buffalo Dreams, by Kim Doner
Summertime, by Mike Wimmer
The Oklahoma Land Run, by Una Belle Townsend
The 12 Days of Christmas in Oklahoma, by Tammi Sauer
Meet the OCAI Authors & Illustrators . . .
Our "Featured Author" Video: David Titus Lawton, Oklahoma
Congratulations to Chris Nick...
Portrait of famous aviator and Chickasaw legislator unveiled at Oklahoma State Capitol
Pearl Scott honored with a memorial portrait
Posted: Feb 19, 2014 6:24 PM CSTUpdated: Feb 19, 2014 7:20 PM CST
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla._A portrait of a Marlow native who made history as a teenage pilot nearly 100 years ago, was unveiled at the state capitol Wednesday.
Pearl Scott learned how to fly at the age of 13 from famed aviator Wiley Post and became the youngest pilot in United States history in 1929. She may have earned her fame for what she did in the air, however, what her family is most proud of is what she did on the ground in working with the Chickasaw Nation.
Friends and family gathered in the Oklahoma State House Chamber to not only celebrate her aviation career but to focus on what she did after it. Pearl Carter Scott left mark on not only the Chickasaw Nation and Marlow, but Oklahoma as a whole.
Her friends and family described her first not as an aviator but as a selfless woman willing to do anything for anyone. She fell in love with aviation at the age of twelve but at nineteen she would give it up. Her son, Bill Scott, explained why she gave it up, "She came to the realization, she quit the year I was born. She dearly loved flying but her family she loved more."
Putting others before herself, her grandson Brad Scott believes she is a great role model not only for the Chickasaw nation but for everyone, "Never give up, it doesn't really matter regardless of your age, experience, education, your gender, or race. Never give up and go after your dreams and she did that at such a young age. She's a role model with so much drive and it's fantastic."
It wasn't just family she sacrificed for but also the Chickasaw Nation. She was one of the first medical employees the tribe had explained Scott, "She thought nothing about it. She would drive from Marlow to Ada to take someone down there, pick them up or get medicine for someone. She was one concerned lady for the Chickasaw Nation."
Pearl was elected and served three terms in the Chickasaw legislature, during that time she helped oversee tremendous growth in tribal operations and services. Pearl Carter Scott is a member of the Oklahoma Aviation and Space hall of fame along with the Chickasaw Nation hall of fame.
OCAI is proud to donate the following books and author visits to the schools which were destroyed by the spring twisters. If you or your school would like to help by donating more books, please join our efforts by donating new or nearly-new books to these schools. Be sure to make your donations to the "school library" not to the school, so that the books will be put into the libraries, otherwise, the books will be put into the classrooms rather than the libraries.
Briarwood Elementary School, Moore
Dr. Duck Means Business, The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oklahoma--Tammi Sauer
The Flimflam Man, Operation Clean Sweep, Twister, Annie Glover is NOT--Darleen Bailey Beard
D-Day American Character--Chris Nick
Summertime, Will Rogers--Mike Wimmer
Grady's in the Silo, Racecare Driver's Night Before Christmas--Una Belle Townsend
Freshwater Feeders--Gwen Hooks
Native American String Figures--David Titus
Buffalo Dreams--Kim Doner
Plaza Towers Elementary, Moore
Native American String Figures, David Titus
Let's Clean Up!; Time for Bed, the Babysitter Said, Peggy Perry Anderson
Mostly Monsterly, Tammi Sauer
The Revenant, Sonia Gensler
Graveyard Girl, Anna Myers
The Flimflam Man, Operation Clean Sweep, Twister, Darleen Bailey Beard
The Lucky Charm, Gwendolyn Hooks
The Oklahoma Landrun, Una Belle Townsend
Summertime, Mike Wimmer
The Pumpkin Mystery, Carol Wallace
Buffalo Dreams, Kim Doner
FREE AUTHOR VISITS to both of these schools donated by:
Darleen Bailey Beard
Una Belle Townsend
My Favorite Childhood Books - an article written by Jenny Thomas
Growing up, I was an avid reader. I read the cereal box at the breakfast table, the encyclopedia set starting with A, and the toothpaste box in the bathroom. I also loved reading children's books that I picked up from our local library. Here are some of my favorite books that I now have read to my children. Some of these books are movies and you can watch them on Direct TV. Bring these books to life by reading them and watching them with the family.
A classic tale by Dr. Seuss that became wildly popular after the movie adaptation, The Lorax offers readers a look at what would happen if all the trees in the world were chopped down. Written from the narrator Once-ler's perspective, this rhyming story discusses how his life of carelessness and selfishness ruined the natural world where the truffula trees once grew. One of the longer books by Dr. Seuss, this story concludes with a lesson for the reader. They have the opportunity to take the last truffula tree seed so they can plant it. This is a powerful metaphor for showing how much good or bad one person can do in the world and how influential we are in the role of nature and other people.
Harold and the Purple Crayon
This book by Crockett Johnson takes creativity to a whole new level. Throughout the book, a small boy named Harold draws his adventures using a fat purple crayon. From the basic wavy line symbolizing water to an entire city neighborhood sketched out, the images drawn on these pages first and foremost explore the ways that illustrators bring a book to life. Secondly, the lesson that any child can create their own story and it can be as imaginative as they want is wonderful for young children. Finally, this book is a powerful motivator for any child who dreams of growing up to be an author or illustrator.
Long before the days when I read Harry Potter or The Hobbit, I was carried away by the grandmother witch of Strega Nona. Written by Tomie dePaola, winner of the Newberry Award, Strega Nona transports readers to a magic village. Everyone in the village including the priest go to Strega Nona for wizened advice as she can do great things with her magical pasta pot. In this tale Big Anthony almost runs the villagers out of town when he decides to not listen to Strega Nona's warnings regarding her magical pot. There are other books in this series that involve Strega Nona including Strega Nona Takes a Vacation, Strega Nona's Magic Lesson's and Strega Nona: Her Story for hardcore Strega Nona fans.
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type
Young children read lots of stories about barnyard animals, but this book brings those animals into reality. Farmer Brown's cows, as created by Doreen Cronin and illustrator Betsy Lewin, have a particularly impressive skill—they can type. These animals use this talent to voice their needs and desires. They end up going on strike until they can persuade Farmer Brown, which is a strong lesson for young readers regarding the power of social persuasion. Also in this series is Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack, in which the ducks on the farm join in on the typing adventures.
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
By far the most impressive book in my youth was this retake on the classic tale of The Three Little Pigs. Written by Alexander T. Wolf, this version puts a spin on the childhood tale you've heard a million times. Instead of the wolf being the villain, this story supposes that he was indeed a victim. When I first heard this story it made me realize that all stories could be told in different ways, which opened up a world of possibilities in my young imagination.
In The News . . .
Chris Nick--recently finished a portrait for the state capitol of Pearl Carter Scott who was a young teenage Chickasaw aviator during the late 20s and early 30s. She learned to fly with Wiley Post and was only 13-years old when she got her flying permit. Chris' portrait will be dedicated in Feb. Also, cross your fingers for Chris as the Sandridge Energy is considering sponsoring his original artwork for his picture book, "D-Day", written by Steve Lessman, which is currently on exhibit at the Science Museum OK. If the sponsorship goes through, his art will be on permanent display at the museum.
Sonia Gensler--has a new young adult (YA) gothic novel,The Dark Between, which is set in England. To read more about Sonia and her spine-tingling book, The Dark Between,click here.
Gwendolyn Hooks--Gwen has a new book out this spring, Read Me Yellow 1, 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 will be out soon and we'll keep you posted. 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.
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