Exciting News

I have happy news for our family.  Rhiannon Lee (Annalee or Anna to old time readers, Rhia nowadays) and I have published a children’s poetry book!

Poems from Under a Toadstool

It all started when Rhia showed me her mushroom doodles in her journal last year.  I fell in love with them and told her they should be in a children’s book.  She suggested that I could write poems for a book and they could be the illustrations (many, many years ago I was a poet) and we decided to collaborate.

So she gave me her drawings to scan, and every so often I would sit and work on mushroom poems (and nature poems, and related poems…).

Poems From Under a Toadstool (If Ever)

Poems from Under a Toadstool

I added a glossary to the back, since some of the poems had bigger words like biome and mycology, and space for kids to add their own poems, drawings and spore prints at the end.

Poems from Under a Toadstool (Mycology)

We were in no hurry.  It was just a fun joint project.  Then she got the opportunity to move to West Virginia for three months, and she started working extra hard to earn extra money for all of her expenses.  That lit a fire under me to get the book finished and out into the world to help her out.

The book was published last week and is available on Amazon (affiliate link) if you’d like to take a peek .  If you’re interested, you can order it through Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  It would also help us out enormously if you asked your local library to carry it!

Half of the profits will go to Rhia as she embarks on this new adventure.  My half will go to support my nonprofit children’s nature magazine, Wild Kids Magazine, which costs a fair bit to host since it sees so much monthly traffic that we regularly get overage charges to our web hosting.  I offer the magazine for free to do good in the world (just like Magical Childhood), but it would be great if it didn’t cost so much to do good some months!  😉

I’m also working on putting up a free print of one of the illustrated poems for folks to print out.  Look for that soon.

Wish us luck, and wish us extra luck as Rhia heads off next week on this exciting new chapter in her life.

        

    

 

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6 responses to “Exciting News

  1. Ann Huseby

    Alicia, Would it be ok if I posted I wish for you with a link to your newsletter and amazon on my FB? Also, would it be possible for me to order a couple of the poems as prints to frame? I would need to let you know which ones once I get the book. I am, as always, just such a huge fan. Love, Ann

    On Thu, Mar 5, 2020 at 12:36 PM A Magical Childhood wrote:

    > Alicia posted: “I have happy news for our family. Rhiannon Lee (Annalee > or Anna to old time readers, Rhia nowadays) and I have published a > children’s poetry book! It all started when Rhia showed me her mushroom > doodles in her journal last year. I fell in love wi” >

    • Of course! I’d be honored if you shared either link. I’d be happy to get you some prints, too. I can send you a high resolution JPG if you want to print them on watercolor paper, or I could do it. If you want any of the two page poems condensed to one page for printing, I can easily do that too. Thanks so much! You’re so sweet. 🙂

  2. Kyrsten

    I would like to purchase your book but I avoid supporting amazon. I did not find it online at Barnes and noble yet. Is it possible to purchase directly from you?

  3. Kyrsten

    Hi I would like to order a copy of this book. Do you have any in stock right now?

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