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Children’s books to be published
29 September 2010

BISMARCK (UTN) - Four students of the United Tribes Art/Art Marketing Program are on their way to becoming published authors. Each wrote and illustrated a children’s book as part of their coursework in graphic design.

      The books are: “Little Bird and the Flute,” by Codi Blackbird; “Ice Age in July,” by Stacey Grant; “Turtle Boy and His Missing Moccasins,” by Tina R. Curley; and “A Wolf Named Bear,” by and Emanuel Red Bear III. Each student developed the story and design during the 2009-10 academic year.


Cover art from the children’s book “Little Bird and the Flute,” by Codi Blackbird, a United Tribes Art/Art Marketing student.

      Graphic Arts Instructor Colleen Bredahl searched for a way to publish them and contacted best-selling Native writer Joseph Bruchac, author of more than 70 books for children and adults. For over 30 years, Bruchac has been creating poetry, short stories, novels, anthologies and music that reflect Native traditions and his Abenaki heritage.

      Bruchac took an interest in the student’s work, agreed to look at them and pronounced them “very good.” He was happy to learn that United Tribes was encouraging students to write stories about their heritage or stories that were told to them from their families.

      “It was very exciting for all of us that a published author of his reputation would take an interest,” said Bredahl.

      Bruchac is now in the process of editing the books, said Bredahl. And he is advising her on how to get them published. He suggested they go the self-publishing route through the company Lulu.

      The Lulu website markets books on-line using a print-on-demand model that calls for printing only as books are sold. The opportunity is described as “risk free” and promises that authors retain 80 percent of the royalty payments and full rights to their work.

      Bredahl said that United Tribes Librarian Charlene Weis is interested in having the books in the library.

      “It’s a huge accomplishment for the students to actually see their creation professionally printed,” said Bredahl. “We’re very proud of what they’ve done.”

 

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