Has been participating in kids’s occasions at libraries, colleges
SOUTH POINT — A Lawrence County writer and former workers member on the Huntington Museum of Artwork has amassed many awards for her writing profession, which has been geared toward kids.
Suzanne Alexander, of South Level is a docent on the museum and had beforehand labored as an outreach teacher.
She wrote her first e book, “By way of Kids’s Eyes: Exploring the Huntington Museum of Artwork,” in 2017.
The work educates kids about gadgets discovered within the museum, from its artwork assortment to even a frog in its plant conservatory.
“I assumed it might be nice to make use of all these parts,” Alexander mentioned.
The work, revealed by West Virginia-based Headline Books, gained a gold Mother’s Alternative Award in 2017 and was named E book of the 12 months by Inventive Youngster Journal within the Books on Artwork class in 2018.
It was after that work that Alexander, a member of the West Virginia Writers group, started engaged on a manuscript for a kids’s story.
“The Tip of the Story” is what she calls a “why? story” which tells how the crimson fox acquired white on the tip of his tail.
“Additionally it is stuffed with hidden chickens,” she mentioned of the hungry fox’s story. “He’s on the lookout for a plump rooster for dinner, however will get one thing else.”
Alexander submitted her manuscript to the writers group, for which she obtained first place, then confirmed it to the president of her writer, her teamed her up with Terra Alta, West Virginia-based illustrator Ashley Teets, whose whimsical drawings introduced the story to life.
The ensuing e book gained acclaim, profitable her one other gold within the Mother’s Alternative Awards for 2021, a Most popular Alternative from Inventive Youngster Journal and it was a finalist within the Subsequent Technology Indie E book Awards in two classes: Animals and Pets and Illustrative Childrens Books for 2021.
For the Indie E book Awards, Alexander was offered with a medal for her work.
“It makes me really feel like an Olympic athlete,” she mentioned.
Not too long ago, she took the e book to the general public library in Gallipolis, the place she did a presentation.
“I learn the e book, we sang a fox music and we made finger puppets,” she mentioned.
She adopted this up with a visit to the South Level department of the Briggs Lawrence County Public Library this month.
Alexander was additionally a contributor to an anthology e book for a topic that has impacted everybody previously 12 months.
“Voices of the Pandemic” was assembled in the summertime of 2020 when Headline Books known as on their secure of writers, in addition to college students, to share their memoirs and experiences of the COVID-19 outbreak and its ensuing shutdowns.
Alexander’s contribution was a chunk, “Nature is At all times Open.”
“My husband and I actually loved going out,” she mentioned of getting to adapt to the well being orders of the pandemic.
She mentioned the 2 of them determined to spend extra time open air, together with on the paths on the museum.
“Nature is all the time open,” she mentioned. “Every thing else could also be closed, however nature shouldn’t be.”
The anthology, launched in early 2021, was a winner on the San Francisco E book Pageant for Greatest Compilation/Anthology, obtained Honorable Point out on the New York E book Pageant, was a finalist within the 2021 Worldwide E book Awards and Subsequent era Indie E book Awards and was a winner on the New England E book Pageant and a gold within the Mother’s Alternative Awards.
When requested which of the three books she loved writing essentially the most, she mentioned “The Tip of The Story” is her favourite.
“It’s only a enjoyable e book,” she mentioned of the work, devoted to her mom, Vivian Ackerson.
Alexander mentioned she has a brand new manuscript she is engaged on, however, for now, she needs to give attention to selling the books she has competed and taking them to kids, now that occasions and programming have picked up from the pandemic.
“That’s my focus,” she mentioned. “I’ve been doing issues like going to libraries and colleges and we do writing workshops, instructing them learn how to write a ‘why? story.’”
Alexander might be showing on the West Virginia E book pageant on the Headline Books sales space. The occasion is ready for Oct. 22-23 on the Charleston Civic Middle.
For extra info on Alexander’s works, go to www.headlinebooks.com.