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Award-winning author & storyteller Linda Boyden


Author and Storyteller

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I'm Redding, California, author and storyteller, Linda Boyden, and I grew up playing in a sandbox of words. I imagined plays for my dolls to perform and told myself stories to fall asleep by. I bribed neighborhood friends to be students at my imaginary school or to act in my backyard shows, charging the audience--our mothers--a penny admission price, which we spent afterwards on goodies from the corner store.

I became a teacher, but after many wonderful years of working with primary students, I abandoned full-time teaching for full-time writing. My first picture book, "The Blue Roses ," debuted in 2002 from Lee and Low Books by winning their first New Voices Award. Since then it has won two other national awards and was included on the CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center) 2003 Choices list of recommended titles. My second book, "Powwow's Coming ," was published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2007. I illustrated it making the pictures from cut-paper collage, which is another thing I loved to do as a child: making pictures with crayons and scissors. Book #3 (2010) is also from the University of New Mexico Press, "Giveaways: An ABC Book of Loanwords from the Americas ," and again I was lucky enough to do the illustrations. In 2013 I wrote and illustrated my fourth picture book, "Boy and Poi Poi Puppy" published by Progressive Rising Phoenix Press. Set in Hawai'i it tells the story of how a homeless poi dog and a lonely boy become best friends. Coming in Fall 2014 also from Progressive Rising Phoenix Press is my fifth picture book, "Roxy Reindeer". This Christmas tale tells how little Roxy tries to help, but can't get it right until Mrs. Claus comes up with the perfect plan.

A "recovering schoolteacher" with over thirty years of experience, I have spent most of my adult life leading children to literacy. I enjoy performing at schools and working with students, encouraging them to play in their own sandboxes of words. I enjoy doing school visits, storytelling programs at libraries, and presenting at writing conferences and other events around the country. I am a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers & Storytellers, and our local Redding Writers Forum.

Thanks for stopping by. Look around, enjoy, and come back soon!


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