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Raven Howell

Children's Books and Poetry


Spin a Circle cover
Illustration by Ann Pilicer

Spin a Circle

Published by MacLaren-Cochrane Books, TBA - Spring 2021

An lively verse, preschoolers and elementary-aged children alike are inspired to tumble, stretch, dash, skip, stack, skitter, and glide. Parents, teachers, and caregivers are invited to share the zing and spark of kicking a ball, clapping hands, creating secret sofa forts, and finger painting with children. Linger in a sunny afternoon, take a wheelbarrow ride, smile in the delight of chasing colorful autumn leaves, and finally unwind with a gentle sleeping rhyme. This is the third picture book collaboration by the award-winning team of children’s author Raven Howell and artist/illustrator Ann Pilicer.

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A Cheer for the Year
Illustration by Meredith Messenger

A Cheer for the Year

Published by Spork Books, November 17, 2020

A Cheer for the Year offers a poetic calendar of holiday treats, the feeling you get when a friend presses a box of decadent chocolates in your hands, and you didn’t even know that’s what you were missing. Author/poet Raven Howell lights sparklers, flips pancakes and dances us merrily through the year while illustrator Meredith Fern’s paper cut-outs create the friendly, imaginative, expressive home for each verse.

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Chuckles and Smiles
Illustration by Jordan Wray

Chuckles and Smiles

Published by Warren Publishing, August 16, 2020

In this collection of children's poems, the little things in life that bring smiles are revealed - from playing with sock puppets, to walking barefoot on warm grass in the summer, and dreaming of butterflies during a thunderstorm. Colorful illustrations by international illustrator, Jordan Wray, evoke the warmth and joy felt during childhood. Written with whimsy and fun, this poetry collection reminds child and parent alike that the power of laughter delivers happiness.

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Jack and the Leanstalk
Illustration by Sarah Gledhill

Jack and the Lean Stalk

Published by Atmosphere Press, May 1, 2020

A fairy tale adds a sprinkle of magic to a cauldron of conundrums where not only kingdoms, but kindness end up ruling. Follow an enchanting cast of characters brought to life with a little "fractured" twist on the well-loved original, Jack and the Bean Stalk. Charmingly illustrating the theme of bullying, will Jack make friend, or foe?

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A Flock of Fun
Illustration by David Barrow

A Flock of Fun

Published by Doodle & Peck Publishing, January 2, 2020

What do you do when you can't go to sleep and the sheep are rowdy? You could count slow, slimy snails. But sometimes, happy dances and mischief-making sheep might be just the ticket!

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Illustration by Ann Pillcer

So You Want a Puppy?

Published by Handersen Books, November 26, 2019

A child celebrates love and learns what it means to have a puppy in the household through daily adventures, resulting in surprising both his parents and himself with a new request. This is the first one in a picture book series for ages 4 to 10.

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Glimmer, Sing of Sun
Illustration by Carina Povarchik

Glimmer, Sing of Sun!

Published by Spork, June 11, 2019

This companion book to 2017’s Shimmer, Songs of Night, bursts to sunny, bright adventures where vivid colors sprout, eagles are sky painters, days are strawberry-scented, and laughter and bird twitter sets the heart alight!

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Illustration by Ann Pillcer


Published by Michelkin Publishing, May 3, 2019

A child romps through the diversity of a year, joyfully meeting and greeting birds, beaches, colorful leaf piles, and snow as cool as peppermint for a full circle of seasons in this lyrical picture book appropriate for kindergarten aged children and older.

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My Community
Illustration © Yeng Yang

My Community

Published by MacLaren-Cochrane

Using gentle rhyme to enliven a child’s day, this picture book weaves us together on a journey leading to our community. We see and meet the host of people with varied names, colors, and kinds, embracing the storyteller, offering hope for children to move into a place where harmony trumps fear.

— Jonathan Kruk, Master Storyteller, author of Barkface and Rootnose

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Illustration © Carina Povarchik

A Hug For the World

Published by Clear Fork Publishing, March 2018

Raven's poems, Rainbow Alphabet and Family Love are included in this anthology of poetry and short stories for children.

Raven Howell joins other talented authors and illustrators as they celebrate a worldwide hug in a new anthology. All proceeds for the book are for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

— Clear Fork Publishing

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Published by Spork, October 2017

Raven Howell's poems are whimsical, wise, and infused with a timeless sense of the joy and wonder of childhood. Both playful and profound, these poems are love-letters to Life, and remind us of the simple capacity for happiness that is our birthright.

— Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, Children's Book Writer

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A Star Full of Sky

Published by Kelsay Books, August 2017

Raven Howell's short poems, packed with warmth and insight, are sure to stir a child's sense of wonder.

— Iza Trapani, author / illustrator of The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Reading this poetry, a child can relate and connect to our universe. Such wonderful imagery; makes the imagination soar! Light, flowing, and easily read.

— Jennifer Sheehan, Publisher, Bumples Magazine

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