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Christmas Gift Ideas – Gift Idea #2 of 4: This is for your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews…

Friends!  Please allow me to share another Christmas gift idea. This one is for your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or neighbors and especially if you hail from Kentucky…

I met a lovely author at the Kentucky Book Festival last month thanks to our daughter-in-love, Lauren, who discovered her.  Her name is Evelyn B. Christensen.  One of many books she’s written is called The Twelve Days of Christmas in Kentucky. (It was chosen to represent Kentucky at the 2017 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.)

Much to my delight, not only does this fun book offer loads of information about our state, children and adults will learn a LOT about the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Literally the wealth of information you’ll gain will astonish you.

Many of you know our family has exploded this year with three wee bairns arriving:  Ford in March, Henry in April and Charlotte in August.  One of many delightful discoveries in The Twelve Days of Christmas in Kentucky is the interaction between Marybeth and her cousin Martin.

Naturally, reading about the cousins with our now four grand angels, who are all cousins, got Lauren and me so excited.  Evelyn’s book comes in two types of editions:  a board book (which I scooped up for all the cousins, shhhh, don’t tell) and a regular slick paper edition for older ones.

We readers get to travel all over the state, learning as we go about the state bird, the cardinal, and the state tree, the tulip poplar, just for starters.  We go to the Louisville Zoo, Mammoth Cave, the National Corvette Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum, a coal mining museum, the Kentucky Horse Park and many more fun stops.

 

Evelyn’s description on the back of her book gives us its plot:  “Marybeth is so excited about cousin Martin coming for a Kentucky visit that she gives him one VERY unusual gift on each of the twelve days of Christmas. As the days pass and the gifts pile up, Martin writes lively letters home to tell his mom and dad all about this trip.”

Illustrations by Kent Culotta are most appealing to the eye and fun to look at on each page.  His details will delight readers of all ages.

Our Lauren suggested we take all the cousins to many of these destinations together as a family.  What a fun goal to have!  Be thinking of your relatives and friends who would enjoy this book…

Finally, don’t miss other books by Evelyn. She’s a master at creating puzzles and she includes new ones each week to try out on her website which is a tremendous resource for us parents and grandparents:  www.evelynchristensen.com

This book, Mensa for Kids:  Fun Puzzle Challenges, was also available at the Kentucky Book Festival. Mensa actually asked Evelyn to create this book!

Finally, I love how Evelyn shares her faith with us on her website, telling us she learned over the years God had gifted her with a mind to create these puzzles to teach children fun ways to learn math skills.  She teaches us learning can be fun and not a chore.

She credits a study her small group was doing by John Ortberg called If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat.  She said that was the turning point for her with her writing, realizing God had given her these gifts to share.

Run, don’t walk, to your nearest bookstore and GRAB The Twelve Days of Christmas in Kentucky!  Your family and friends will love it!

‘Til next time!

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Come to the Kentucky Book Festival this SATURDAY, November 16th!!! Located in the Alltech Arena in the Kentucky Horse Park – Lexington, Kentucky: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friends! When was the last time you had the unfathomable opportunity to meet over 150 (That’s right:  ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY) authors in the same place, featuring their books, offering to sign them personally, just for YOU?!!!

I’ve been blessed twice before to attend this event, as an attendee, never as an author, which makes this year doubly exciting and a double blessing and honor and privilege for yours truly…

The Kentucky Book Festival is at the Kentucky Horse Park, in their lovely-n-large Alltech Arena.  It’s all day long this coming Saturday, November 16th, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Admission and parking is FREE!!!!

 

You do NOT want to miss this opportunity!  I call it heaven on earth, being the I-can’t-help-myself-bibliophile that I am.

My first book festival I attended was with Nancy-the-hugging-evangelist (Her name is explained in Chapter 4 of my book) Aguiar.  We not only got to attend the book festival, we also got to have lunch with Paula Deen and 1,498 others—Dare to ask us the story…

That year, I met the darling and engaging Jan Watson. I bought one of her books, immediately falling in love with her wit and wisdom, later inviting her to come and speak at one of our book club meetings.

Here are a couple of her excellent novels:

Jan then introduced me to Ann Gabhart, which led to us inviting Ann to come and speak at one of our book club meetings…

Can you see where I’m going with this?!!!

This year will be the 38th annual Kentucky Book Fair.  It’s in partnership with Joseph Beth Booksellers, one of my favorite all-time bookstores in Lexington.

You can go to Kentucky Humanities’ website to see who all will be at the book fair and strategize your mission upon arrival.  (I’ve got quite a shopping list. You can see a few I’ll be hunting for at the end of this post…)

Go to:  www.kyhumanities.org

There are so many authors, that many of us will be three to a table, shoulder to shoulder.  I cannot wait to meet these folks!  (Hot tip:  Be sure to get a good dose of caffeine before you come.)

Think Christmas gifts GALORE!!!

Just a few of the many notables include:  Wendell Berry and his wife, Tonya, Scott Pelley from CBS News and 60 Minutes, and Joe B. Hall (for all of you UK fans:  CATS! CATS! CATS!)

Fun sidebar:  I grew up around the corner from Joe B. Hall.  His son, Steve, and I went to Glendover Elementary School, and yes, we walked or rode our bikes to school.  (But not in the snow….)

This week I’m happy to report many of these authors have been visiting lots of classrooms in lots of schools.  Over 2,000 books were distributed to schoolchildren in an effort supported by the Kentucky Colonels, the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation and Kosair Charities. Bravo!

Books at the fair will be positioned by genre:  Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s, and Poetry.  Books for ALL ages will be plentiful.

Kentucky Monthly magazine says it so well:

Load up your car and COME TO THE KENTUCKY BOOK FAIR!

We’re ALL excited to meet you…

‘Til next time!

P.S. These are just a few books on my radar for Saturday (The book descriptions were found in the Kentucky Book Festival catalog.).

Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter’s Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times
by Scott Pelley

Scott Pelley introduces us to unforgettable people who discovered the meaning of their lives in the historic events of our times. Truth Worth Telling is for readers who believe values matter, and truth is worth telling. Pelley, known for his work on 60 Minutes and the CBS Evening News, is a reporter and photographer whose work has been recognized with numerous honors, including 37 Emmy Awards. Sponsored by Campbellsville University.

 

A Prairie Girl’s Faith
by Stephen W. Hines

Although the faith of the Ingalls’ family pervades books in the Little House series, the more specific details of Laura’s faith have never been fully explored until now. Hines, a recognized authority on Laura Ingalls Wilder, has authored or compiled several best-selling volumes on her life.

 

The Faith-Filled Grandmother: Promises, Prayers, and Practical Advice for Today
by Teresa Kindred

Written with the help of grandmothers from across the world, this book provides a blueprint to mitigate the impact of a transient society, fragmented families, and strained relationships while sustaining Christian traditions. For 13 years, Kindred wrote a column for Kentucky Living magazine. Her blog, NanaHood, has been chosen as one of the Top Ten Grandparent blogs in the world.

 

Coach Hall: My Life On and Off the Court
by Joe B. Hall & Marianne Walker

Joe B. Hall was the head basketball coach at the University of Kentucky from 1972 to 1985. In this riveting memoir, Hall presents details about his life on and off the court. His record at UK was 297-100, and 373-156 over his career. Walker is a retired professor of English and philosophy.

 

 

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