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  • Writer's pictureMichele Thomas

Raven Howell: Illuminating the World of Children's Literature with Love and Poetry

In the enchanting realm of children's literature, where words weave magic and stories come to life, one name stands out among the rest - Raven Howell. A prolific author and poet, Raven has crafted over 20 traditionally published children's books that have not only captured the hearts of young readers but also earned her numerous accolades and awards.

One of her notable works, "Loved: A Mother's Celebration," resonates with the universal theme of maternal love. It's a heartwarming journey that celebrates the special bond between mothers and their children, capturing the essence of unconditional love through lyrical prose and vibrant illustrations. The book has been honored with prestigious awards such as Creative Child magazine's Best Book of the Year and The Royal Dragonfly.

In "Eek! My Ink!," Raven Howell's playful spirit shines through as she engages young readers with the delightful world of a colorful tale. This whimsical tale not only entertains but also sparks creativity and imagination. It has received acclaim from The Big Book Award, NABE's Pinnacle for Best in Children's Poetry, and the Little Peeps Finalist award.

As if that wasn't impressive enough, Raven has a new gem on the horizon – "Glow." While details about this upcoming release are still under wraps, the anticipation is palpable. Given Raven's track record of weaving enchanting narratives, "Glow" promises to be another masterpiece that will capture the imaginations of children and adults alike.

What sets Raven apart is not only her storytelling prowess but also her knack for poetic expression. Her work has graced the pages of esteemed publications such as Highlights for Children, HighFive, Babybug, Ladybug, Spider, Cricket, Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, Fun for Kidz, and The School Magazine. Her poetry has found its way into anthologies, DVD’s, CD’s, educational materials, and homeschooling programs, leaving an indelible mark on the world of children's literature.

Raven's contributions extend beyond the written word. She actively supports children's literacy and poetry, frequently engaging with young minds through captivating programs in libraries and classrooms. Her monthly column, "The Book Bug," in Story Monsters Ink magazine, and her management of the magazine's activity center, Kids Corner, showcase her commitment to fostering a love for reading in children.

Furthermore, Raven is a valued member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the International Literacy Association (ILA). Her role as the Creative and Publishing Advisor with Red Clover Reader underscores her dedication to shaping the future of children's literature.

Living in the picturesque Hudson Valley of New York with her husband, kids, and the charming Ragamuffin cat, Lilac, Raven finds inspiration in the beauty of nature. Her love for family, hiking, music, and reading permeates her work, creating a tapestry of stories that resonate with readers of all ages.

Raven Howell is not just an author and poet; she is a literary enchantress who brings joy and wonder to the hearts of young readers. Her books, adorned with accolades and awards, are a testament to the impact she has had on the world of children's literature. As Raven continues to illuminate the literary landscape, we eagerly await the release of "Glow" and many more captivating tales that will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the imaginations of generations to come.

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