Kids Can Publish University was the brainchild of Linda Radke of Five Star Publications, Inc. In 1985, shortly after leaving her profession as a special education teacher, Radke started her own publishing company. In hopes of making the world a better place by promoting tolerance, character, kindness and a love for reading and writing with her books, Radke, an award-winning writer and publisher, eventually started Little Five Star Publications and published books like Tic Talk: Living with Tourette Syndrome, A 9-year-old Boy's Story in His Own Words; I Just Am: A Story of Down Syndrome Awareness and Tolerance; When Life Throws You A Curve: One Girl's Triumph Over Scoliosis; and The Student from Zombie Island: Conquering the Rumor Monster.
All of these books were written by or for children to help people become more compassionate toward each other. Through her experience with Little Five Star, Radke learned children had something to say, and some of them were pretty darn good at saying it. For this reason, she decided more children deserved to have their "five minutes of fame," to spread their messages or to stretch their writing skills, so she launched Kids Can Publish University.
"As a former school teacher, publisher and author, I know the thrill children receive by having something they've created appear in print. That thrill makes the process of writing become self-perpetuating," says Radke. "I'm confident that if children see their hard work come to fruition by having it published online-or off-they'll be motivated to continue to write and to write better. So I decided to give them that opportunity by sponsoring Kids Can Publish University."
Radke had the good fortune of hooking up with Lynda Exley, award-winning journalist and writer, public speaker and mother of Michael Moorehead, who authored The Student from Zombie Island. Exley took Kids Can Publish to the next level by creating and conducting Kids Can Publish presentations at schools and conferences to excite children about writing.
Who would know more about getting children to write than a journalist and mother who raised a child author herself? Her son was only in second grade when he wrote the original version of his book as a gift for his teacher, and he was 11 when The Student from Zombie Island hit bookstands across the nation. Lynda Exley was a natural addition to the Five Star family and the Kids Can Publish team.
Kids Can Publish University is a division of Five Star Publications, Inc. To learn more about Five Star Publications or Little Five Star, click here or email info@FiveStarPublications.com.
Thank you so much for your dynamic presentations at Liberty School yesterday. You provided living proof of the ripple effect of reading and writing! Thanks again!
|The teachers in my building are always looking for places to showcase their student's work. Your contest highlights the importance of creativity in writing and art. In this age of technology, it will be very exciting to be published on-line.
Thank you in advance for this wonderful opportunity,|