Hark! The locally made gift scene sings. There are, of course, those from our small-business Saturday collection. On the reading side of things:
Stripey Island, a last-day-of-school island adventure by local architect Charles Stinson, local illustrator/artist David Paul Seymour, and their wives Carol Eastlund and Shannon Seymour. You can buy it at Brightwater Clothing & Gear in Linden Hills and Excelsior or online.
The Shelly Bean the Sports Queen beginning reader series by Brainerd author Shelly Boyum-Breen, who coached basketball at Augsburg College and also founded non-profit Foundation IX to encourage more girls to participate in sports and fitness. Each book in the series follows protagonist Shelly Bean as she tries out a new sport. You can buy it online.
The Invisible You, a story about the importance of diversity. It’s penned by former Minnesota Viking and Minnesota Associate Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and his daughter, Kamie, and illustrated by Minneapolis artist David Geister, Proceeds benefit the Page Education Foundation in Minneapolis. You can buy it at the Open Book launch event on December 14, or online.
We’re looking forward to the January 6 release of The Tiny Wish, a follow up to last year’s The Christmas Wish, written by Minnesota author Lori Evert and beautifully illustrated by her husband, Per Breiehagen, in which protagonist Anja’s wish to be just a few inches tall in order to win a game of hide and seek comes true. You can preorder it online.