Monday, August 25, 2014

Publishing with Heart: An Exciting New Children's Anthology from Reflection Press

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I've been blogging about my first illustration project, a poem I wrote called "Grannie's Coal Pot" that I'm illustrating to appear in an international anthology of writing and art for children.

I'm happy to be able to share a little more about this anthology. The anthology (title pending) grew out of the dynamic and powerful online course, "The Heart of It: Creating Children's Books That Matter" that I took with The School of the Free Mind earlier this year. It will be published by visionary Indie publisher Reflection Press and promises to be a wonderful and meaningful treasure for sharing with children and with our diverse communities.

All of us contributing to the anthology are graduates of the course and we all have a heart for sharing stories and art with children that support and affirm a conscious, inclusive, socially aware vision of the world. We are about reclaiming and building a heritage of storytelling that respects and values children, multiculturalism, first voices, nature, gender diversity and the magic of the human heart. We are being guided on our Heartful publishing journey by Maya Gonzalez, our course instructor, Editor, and Heartful award-winning author-artist. I can vouch for both the heart and talent of the author-artists whose voices and art will commune on the pages of this book.

Please help us spread the word about this revolutionary anthology (How is it revolutionary? Read this post over on the School of the Free Mind's blog to find out) by sharing the beautiful flyer above.

And in case you're wondering about the "Heart of It" course, it runs again this October and you can find out more information about it and how to register here.

Summer Edward is a Children's Literature and Publishing Consultant. She holds an M.S.Ed. degree in Reading, Writing, Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania and is the recipient of a Highlights Foundation Scholarship for promising children's writers and the School of the Free Mind's inaugural Way of the Book Honor Award given to artist-authors demonstrating long and sincere commitment to changing the world through children's books. Learn more about her here .

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