Fall In Love With Reading--Our 3rd Annual Writing Contest for Kids . . . Details Below
OCAI has two fun and profitable contests listed below:
1. "Every School's a Winner" Grant-- two creative librarians or teachers will win a $250 grant each which can be used for a school visit by our OCAI's authors/illustrators.
2. "Fall in Love with Writing" contest for students in 1st - 12th grades
We realize the flyer printed below is hard to read, so for full details, go to the "Teacher Zone" and the "Kid Zone." Good luck, everyone! Deadline for both contests is November 17, 2015.
Look for the new "I AM OKLAHOMA" biography series in our "In The News" section below . . .
September's Question of the Month:
Name the author who is our latest author to join OCAI and one of the books she has written. Send us your answers by September 30 and if we choose your answer, you win a FREE autographed book from this person. Our address is at the bottom of the home page.
Meet our OCAI Authors & Illustrators . . .
In The News . . .
Jane McKellips is our newest member on OCAI. She lives in OKC and has written two new books for children: Bill Wallace, Author of Adventure and Animal Stories and Dust Storm. You can meet her at Encyclo-Media as she will be speaking there. See below.
Gwendolyn Hooks--has a new chapter book out called, Porpoises in Peril. It's the first of a two-part series called Science Squad and it's published by Pearson. She has written the second book and it will be published in 2016.
Chris Nickhas good news--he has illustrated a new historical picture book written by new member, Jane McKellips. The book will be out early 2016 and is called, Dust Storm. It's being published by the Oklahoma Heritage Association.
Darleen Bailey Beard, Jane McKellips, and Gwendolyn Hooks have great news--teachers and librarians have asked for it, now they've got it--a new biography series for third & fourth graders about famous Oklahomans and Oklahomans making a difference! The series, I AM OKLAHOMA, published by the Oklahoma Heritage Association Publishing, a program of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, will begin with a set of five books featuring the following Oklahomans: Will Rogers (written by Darleen Bailey Beard), Leona Mitchell (written by Gwendolyn Hooks), Te Ata (written by Pati Hailey), Bill Wallace (written by Jane McKellips), and Jordon Tang (written by Cheryl Schuermann), All authors live in Oklahoma.The books will have photos, a glossary, time line, places to visit, fun facts, and more.
And guess what? The best part of this series is: all public elementary schools throughout the state of Oklahoma will receive a FREE set of the first five books!
How amazing is this?? Everyone is very excited and the five authors of this series will be doing a panel at Encyclo-Media called: I AM OKLAHOMA.The books will be available for purchase through several sources and can be purchased at Encyclo-Media, as well.
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.
Be our guest -- OCAI is a brand new resource for anyone wishing to find information about Oklahoma children's authors and illustrators. Because we are so new, we'd love to hear your thoughts, comments, and suggestions -- so please sign our guestbook!
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We are LOOKING for one lucky person who is our 25,000th visitor. Whoever that person may be, please email us to let us know that YOU are the person we're looking for. By being our 25,000th visitor, YOU will receive a HUGE PACK OF AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS provided by our wonderful authors and illustrators. PLUS we have a SIX-PACK of "gently-read" BILL WALLACE books which we want to send, as well. (These books would be great give-aways for your students.) Be sure to check the visitor counter below to see the number you are....anyone who is even close to being our 25,000th visitor will qualify. Just email us with the number on our counter. If you can take a photo of it, please send that, too. Thanks and happy counter watching...YOU may be our NEXT LUCKY WINNER!
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.