Children will relate to first day of school jitters as animal students prepare and set off for Mr. Mole's colorful classroom. Anxiety builds as everyone settles into school to meet one another and tackle their first lesson -learning colors. The day is spent sharing and blending paints while forging happy friendships.
Gently tapping into themes of fitting in, self-esteem and anxiety, the story helps conquer the insecurities felt when children begin something new and unknown.
Discover the magic in simple moments when a child peers in the mirror to unintentionally come upon his smile, where kittens nap in boots, fairy hugs feel good, mice delight in reading books, and January snowflakes taste yummy.
Twenty whimsical poems enticing both the young and seasoned reader to explore the enchantment of the wonderful world of poetry.
Loss is a powerful experience for any child, especially when that loss involves a member of their family. In Finding Joy, author Raven Howell helps children navigate the painful—and often confusing—feelings that arise from the death of a loved one.
When a family moves to The Enchanted Village, mischief ensues as they navigate to their new home, the Gingerbread House. Meeting familiar characters from fairytales, stories, and nursery rhymes along the way, they find the meaning of making "new friends" takes on a fun and adventurous twist. The gentle theme of diversity and friendship is the background for this vibrant community where dwarves, bears, Cheshire cats, fairies, big bad wolves, and princesses have their own unique way of welcoming a new family to their midst.
In this lyrical story, a child discovers that drips, spills, and splatters from her art palette create their own "accidental" and powerful images. Imagination ignites as she joyously embraces various paint smears and smudges, and a world of wonder and imagination emerges where there are no mistakes. Eek! My Ink! encourages kindness, and self-love.
I Am Monster Magnificent - A collection of Student Poetry and Artwork
Complied by Raven Howell and Illustrated by Sarah Gledhill
Published by Story Monster Press, Release Date: October 27, 2021
This vibrant showcase of poetry and artwork by young students celebrates their joyous nature and magnificence. The collection of poems, varying in form, feature fun subjects such as baseball, dragons, classroom Zooming, and friendships. An art gallery of whimsical self-portraits and “magnificent” images rounds out the anthology. Writers and artists are elementary aged children from diverse backgrounds including special education classrooms.
Published by MacLaren-Cochrane Books, September 7, 2021
It's a priority for children to learn about their bodies, and explore how to respect and care for them. Rhyming from head to toe about body parts through sensory discovery achieves an appreciating heart, leaving a child with sunny self-confidence.
Published by MacLaren-Cochrane Books, March 23, 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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
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.