Rosemary R. Evans, Award-winning Children's Author, Artist, and Presenter
Rosemary R. Evans, Award-winning Children’s Author, Artist, and Presenter
Rosemary R. Evans inspires, encourages, and helps kids think about their thinking in a fun and creative way, giving them “can-do confidence” to deal with life’s lessons.
Rosemary R. Evans is a multi-published children’s author, a pre-teen author, and the author of 4 positive thinking, encouraging e-books for adults. She just finished her first pre-teen adventure series called the Alaric Trilogy. Books 1 and 2, Alaric and the Raven Queen and Alaric and the Return of the Raven, have been published. Book 3, The Raven Queen Revealed, will be released shortly.
Her four published children’s books have won the Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Medal for Excellence in Children’s Literature and the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards First Place. The books are beautifully illustrated by Erin Taylor, with detailed images to stimulate the imaginations of readers of all ages. She started writing a blog about five years ago and then wrote her first children’s book a couple of years later. Her inspiration for writing children’s books is her 14 grandkids. She says they have the most delightful and incredible imaginations and she always feels inspired by them. Originally from Ontario, Canada, Rosemary moved to the US when she was nineteen and has lived in Oregon for the past 27 years. She is the mother of 4 children and the grandmother of 14 and lives with her husband, Richard, in Lake Oswego, OR.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her book:
My goal is to encourage children to never give up on their dreams and to be helpful and kind to others. I want children not to fear change, to recognize new adventures, and always be open to accepting new challenges. My books were designed to help by offering engaging characters, stunning illustrations, and gentle lessons to prepare children for some of the challenges they may face as they grow. I created a fairytale universe that would capture and hold each child’s imagination while metaphor, imagery, alliteration, and repetition provided some vital life lessons. We live in a climate where children struggle with change, as well as with embracing their unique traits. My stories help prepare children for change, teach them to accept differences, and encourage them to embrace their strengths, talents, and uniqueness.
I love quotes, and one of my favorites is by Albert Einstein:
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
I believe that reading books to children helps them feel cherished, and also helps to stir their minds and open up possibilities of what can be. Reading together helps them develop the great habits of learning and being curious about people and things around them. Most of all, it helps them discover their true authentic self and find their purpose.
Why the author is an authority on the subject of her book:
Having loved, taught, mentored, trained, comforted, and befriended four children and 14 grandchildren, I believe I am uniquely qualified to understand the interests, accomplishments, defeats, victories, fears, and dreams of children of all ages. I have watched them learn to overcome difficulties, and have been privileged to help them gain insight; now I want them to love themselves, celebrate their uniqueness, and know in their hearts that they are talented, powerful, and fearless.
I taught life lesson’s to and mentored girls ages 12-18 at my church for four years, helping them know that they are enough and amazing, which of course they are. I loved that experience.
Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
I start out by asking students what their favorite book is and why they like it. The answers and the ensuing discussion are dependent on the age group I am addressing. In elementary schools, I ask if they are familiar with Dr. Seuss, one of my favorite authors. We chat for a couple of minutes about his books and writing style, and then I tell them that Dr. Seuss presented his first book to 27 different publishers and each one rejected him, saying that no one would be interested in reading his silly stories. But he believed in himself and knew kids would love his stories, so he kept going. He wrote over 60 children’s books, and over 600 million of his books have been sold. His story helps kids to not give up on their dreams and goals, but to persevere.
My children’s stories help kids to realize that they are capable and they can accomplish good things for themselves by learning to dream big dreams, think about their thinking and appreciate their uniqueness and their talents. When they appreciate themselves, they can, in turn, reach out to others in a healthy way.
I always ask, no matter the grade, how many students have thought about writing a book, and if anyone has written or started writing a story. We discuss how inspiration comes from life around them, feelings and things they have experienced themselves and how to turn those thoughts into words for a book.
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