I was away from my blog and home for a month while my husband went through an experimental open heart surgery to rebuild his heart, but more likely, to prepare him for a heart transplant. We are so blessed that our wonderful surgeon Dr. Timothy Icenogle and the Transplant Team (Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, Washington) were able to repair the heart, surprising even them. Mike will return to a normal life! We are in shock, awe, and grateful to everyone who stood by us through prayer and friendship.
As soon as things settle down a bit, I'll return to being MaryAnn the Author and Educator. Right now, I'm MaryAnn the Tired and Grateful.
July ArtsyKids NEWS shown below as JPGS.
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MaryAnn Faubion Kohl has a passion for children and for their natural creativity through art that first permeated her teaching years, then her parenting years, and now her current daily life. That passion became a publishing company in 1985, Bright Ring Publishing, Inc., with her first book, Scribble Cookies: Creative Independent Art Experiences for Children (now titled Scribble Art). There was nothing on the market like it and it has become a cherished classic for parents, teachers, childcares, homeschools, and libraries around the world.
Bright Ring has progressed from that simple classic to a full color glossy art book for kids, Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters (2009).
When asked about independent publishing, Kohl says, “Independent publishing has given me a voice and a crayon-bright-pipeline directly to kids that has changed the face of art for children in this country. What used to be cute kid crafts directed by adults is now true art inspired by children’s own creativity. My mission has been a joy and continues to grow as I bring my passion to the lives and art tables of kids everywhere.
One of the side benefits of my independent press is traveling and speaking to large groups of educators and librarians around the country, sharing my passion for creativity and art for children, and best of all, sharing hands-on art experiences with them. After they have been through ten or fifteen art experiences, and they feel the hands-on joy of pure creativity, they are hooked! If I sell a few books in the process, well then, I know I’ve succeeded.”
Bright Ring Publishing, Inc. recently completed a wide count of all the books in print that Bright Ring has published, those Kohl has written for Gryphon House, Inc. (another independent press), and those translated in numerous foreign countries (harder to count). The total it is closing in on 2 million copies. Kohl was asked, “How many children has each copy reached?” She replied, “The sheer thought of that number is gloriously staggering and impossible to know. It could be over sixty million, if I do a quick estimate, thinking of one book reaching a classroom of 30 kids per year, and then a new classroom the next year, and.... Forgive me if I take a moment and stare at the clouds imagining each of those children finding art within themselves.
Inspiring doesn’t quite cover it!
MaryAnn Kohl loves art for kids, and has enjoyed the publishing experince since 1985, bringing her books to children everywhere.
Book and Lyrics by Hannah Kohl, YES, MY DAUGHTER!
Music by Mark Messing
Directed by Blair Thomas
Based on the book THE HOUDINI BOX written and illustrated by Brian Selznick, and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Selznick wrote Hugo Cabret, a Caldecott winner, and is now seen as the movie, Hugo)
Chicago Children's Theatre,
Show will be at the Mercury Theatre: 773.325.17003745 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago
January 24-March 3, 2012
Recommended for ages 5 and up
Brought to life right before your eyes by actors, musicians, and puppets, sure to thrill and surprise. As famed escape artist Harry Houdini circles the globe performing one incredible stunt after another, Victor, a young devotee goes through his own rigorous magician’s training – locking himself in closets, holding his breath under water and walking into walls. After a chance encounter with his hero, Victor receives a special box that just might contain the secrets of Houdini’s great success.
“The Houdini Box,” Chicago Children’s Theatre. Brian Selznick wrote the children’s book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” the source for “Hugo,” one of the more prominent holiday movies this year. That has propelled Selznick and his work to a new level of awareness. “The Houdini Box,” which will be directed at Chicago Children’s Theatre by the formidable visual storyteller Blair Thomas, is a brand-new musical based on Selznick’s first book, the story of a boy who receives a mysterious box that may unlock the secrets of Harry Houdini.
your art author
Played by the US Air Force Band.
I'm writing a book called "Great Composers for Kids" with Hannah Kohl, and am just learning about the most beautiful music in the world. This piece is glorious!
Wikipedia tells us:
The "Air on the G String" is an adaptation by August Wilhelmj of the Air, the second movement from Johann Sebastian Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major. The original orchestral suite was written by Bach for his patron Prince Leopold of Anhalt sometime between the years 1717 and 1723.
The book Hannah and MaryAnn are writing
will have a correlating activity
for kids to help them connect with Bach's music.
Meanwhile, enjoy the music!
My book, Art with Anything, is in Arts & Activities May edition.
It's such a good magazine. YAY!!!
You can look at the entire magazine online. Lots of great art ideas for you and your kids.
Gryphon House and MaryAnn Kohl are pleased to announce that Art with Anything (978-0-87659-085-0) has won the Silver Moonbeam Award!A Spring 2010 title, Art with Anything has also won:
- The National Parenting Publications Award
- The Parent-Tested, Parent-Approved AwardReviews for Art with Anything include:"Here’s a book that’s bound to keep kids constructively occupied and entertained this summer or the entire year!.." Good Reads with Ronna, LAParent.com
"This book is a real 'WOW' for anyone seeking art activities for children ages 4-10." Shuffle Spindle & Dyepot
"This lively compendium of family-friendly art activities [is] highly recommended as a resource for parents...and caretakers." The Midwest Book ReviewAbout the Moonbeam Awards:“The Moonbeam Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to celebrate children’s books and life-long reading. Each year's entries are judged by expert panels of youth educators, librarians, booksellers, and book reviewers of all ages.”Here’s a link to the site:
Does hearing the names of famous picture book illustrators make you hop up and run to the bookshelf to find a treasured storybook to read? People like Leo Lionni (Swimmy), Eric Carle (Very Hungry Caterpillar), Ian Falconer (Olivia), Lois Ehlert (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom), Clement Hurd (Goodnight Moon), Ezra Jack Keats (The Snowy Day), Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), to name just a few. What these creative people have given to children through their classic storybooks is more than stories to love — it's an everlasting open door to creativity and imagination. What a gift!
Reminder: 25th Anniversary Sale
good through July 31.
Please go to my website where the prices are
all fully listed and ready to click and pay.
If it is easier for you, email me instead,
and we'll set up how to send a check payment.
Great Anniversary Prices! Include shipping and tax!
It's My (MaryAnn's)
bringing art to children through the books I write.
All through the coming year I will be doing special things to celebrate.
Through July 30
Any Bright Ring Book is Yours
for $15.00 each including shipping and tax!
Big Anniversary Savings! Free Shipping!
(Most of my books retail for $18.95, and usually ship for $4.
See Special Prices below each book.)
* Note: Prices stay the same, no matter how many books in one box.
* Canadian friends: Due to the significantly higher shipping costs to Canada,
add $6 for each book and write "US Dollars" on your check. (Sorry.)
Write to me with your name and address,
and I'll send the books you wish, and ask that you pay by check to MaryAnn Kohl:
The books are:
Great American Artists Discovering Storybook Art
for Kids Great Artists
$18.95 NOW $15.00 $18.95 NOW $15.00 $18.95 NOW $15.00
Mudworks ScienceArts Scribble Art
$18.95 NOW $15.00 $18.95 NOW $15.00 $18.95 NOW $15.00
$18.95 NOW $15.00 $14.95 NOW $12.00
All of my Gryphon House published books are on sale too!
* Prices stay the same, no matter how many books in one box. See note about Canadian shipping above.
Individual prices as follows:
Making Make-Believe $16.95 *** NOW $14 with shipping
Big Messy Art $14.95 *** NOW $12 with shipping
First ARt $14.95 *** NOW $12 with shipping
Preschool Art $24.95 *** NOW $20 with shipping
Primary Art $19.95 *** NOW $16 with shipping
Math Arts $24.95 *** NOW $20 with shipping
Cooking Art $16.95 *** NOW $14 with shipping
Global Art $16.95 *** NOW $14 with shippingNEW!!! Art with Anything $19.95 *** NOW $16 with shipping
Offer valid through July 30, 2010.