Lisa Gammon Olson, Children's Author
Teaching Kindness for Others, for Ourselves and for our Environment ... One child at a time!
First and foremost, I am the mom of three amazing young men: Grant, Kyle and Jay. I live with my husband, Bruce, in Coon Valley, Wisconsin, where I am the secretary at the Coon Valley Elementary School—a job I adore! Working daily with young children is an adventure! Every day is exciting and different. We can learn a lot from these wonderful little humans if we just listen. I have always wanted to be an author since I was in kindergarten learning to read with Dick & Jane books. I thought, “That's what I want to do … write books about Dick and Jane going on adventures.” I have four published books with Eifrig Publishing. Dust Flowers, Sewing The Magic In, and The Cheese Song are a part of an ongoing historical fiction series called The American HerStory Tales. I also have an Environmental Folk Tale called: And The Trees Began To Move, which was released on Earth Day of this year!
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her book:
I believe the most important skill we can ever teach our children is “How to be Kind.” Any kindness we do, no matter how small, has the power to change someone’s life. It’s easy to get sucked up into the enormity of life and not think you could ever make a difference. That’s what I like all my books to say, “YOU ARE IMPORTANT … What you Do … Matters!”
Why the author is an authority on the subject of her book:
Working as a secretary in a small rural elementary school has given me a glimpse into the inner workings of a child’s heart and mind. I see their need for acceptance, for praise and to feel valued as an integral part of the daily school routine. My father taught 9th grade World Geography and American History. My three sisters and I grew up immersed in daily discussions of current and historical events, interconnected and tightly woven together, todays, tomorrows and yesterdays … sewn together in the colorful patchwork quilt of life.
I’ve always been amazed at the tenacity of the human spirit and the will to survive and even thrive in harsh conditions throughout history. So, in wanting to validate every child’s sense of belonging, coupled with a passion for history, Dust Flowers, came to life. The first book in this historical fiction series takes place during one of the most difficult periods in American history, the Dust Bowl Era. Imagine being a child, watching your parents struggle to farm during a decade long drought, besieged with daily black blizzards of swirling dust and not having ever felt a drop of rain in your entire lifetime. What could one small girl do in the enormity of a drought?
Every act, no matter how small, can change someone’s life for the better. Growing a flower and bringing a smile to her mother’s sad face promises something even more precious … hope! Growing up in northern Wisconsin has instilled in me the wonder of nature—sparkling lakes, endless forests, and trails littered with pine needles and possibilities. Preserving our planet and populating it with human beings who are respectful, responsible, and kind seems like an awesome idea.
Dust Flowers was an Indies Finalist and had a 5 Star Review from Reader's Favorite.
Sewing The Magic In had a 5-star review from Readers Favorite.
The Cheese Song had a 5 star review from Reader's Favorite.
The Trees Began To Move also was given a 5 star rating from Reader's Favorite.
Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
I have slideshows of all of my books and I will do Skype visits or local school and library programs. I talk a little bit about the history behind the American HerStory Books and read one of the books aloud while projecting the illustrations on a screen, so it's easy for small groups to see the visuals of the story.