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About Karl Beckstrand
College media instructor Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author/illustrator of 26 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 60 ebook titles. His survival thriller, To Swallow the Earth, won a 2016 International Book Award, and his multicultural kids’ books have been lauded by Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, The Horn Book, and School Library Journal. Raised in Silicon Valley, he has lived abroad and worked with people from all continents (except Antarctica). His work reflects cultural diversity—not only in protagonists, but in collaborators (his illustrators hail from Latin America, Europe, and Asia). Beckstrand has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APUS, and a broadcast/film certificate from Film A. Academy. He teaches media at a state college and, since 2004, has run Premio Publishing. Beckstrand has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. His Y.A. stories, ebook mysteries, nonfiction, Spanish/bilingual, wordless, career, and STEM books feature ethnically diverse characters—and usually end with a twist. His work has appeared via: Amazon, Apple/iBooks, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Costco, Deseret Book, Follett, Ingram, Papercrafts Magazine, Target.com, The U.S. Congressional Record, Walmart.com, FB, Twitter, and https://PremioBooks.com
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Anna and Ida’s mother sends them to find a better life in the United States, without her. Because Ida must work in Idaho, the sisters separate, and little Anna travels alone to Salt Lake City. Late at night, Anna arrives at the train station—but her female host is not there to meet her as arranged. Unable to speak English, the child prays that her Heavenly Father will send someone to help her—someone who speaks Swedish. But the answer to Anna’s prayer goes beyond what she could have imagined.
Look inside! #3 in the Young American Immigrants series (stand-alone nonfiction, previous title not needed. Agnes's Rescue [I], Ida’s Witness [II], Samuel Sailing [IV]) for kids ages 5 and up (kindergarten – fifth grade). Stories of real immigrant children transport readers and transcend culture and time.
Get this soft cover or hard cover hybrid picture book (or ebook) on refugees, family, Christmas, and faith. 1,000 read-aloud words by best-selling author and college media instructor Karl Beckstrand (see Beckstrand’s 60+ multicultural books), illustrated by Shari Griffiths; 30 full-color pages, 8.5”x8.5”; see family history/geography lesson plans and video book trailer: Premio Publishing (worldwide rights © 2017), PremioBooks, libraries, and all major distributors. JNF007120, JNF053240, JNF025200, JNF038060, JNF007080, JNF057050, JNF019060; LCCN: 2013913404, eISBN: 9781370706174, Hard ISBN: 978-0985398866, Soft ISBN: 978-0615856179
College media instructor Karl W. Beckstrand has lived a full life (including abroad). He earned a B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in conflict resolution, and he interned for Congress in D.C. He was a technical recruiter in Silicon Valley, a Stanford Hospital chaplain, and a Spanish interpreter for Angel Flight (aviator nonprofit). But his relationships were far from satisfying. Today, Beckstrand enjoys profound lasting ties.
Are you or someone you love wrestling with faith and LGBTQIA questions or conflicts?
Regardless of marital status or sexual orientation, every person has God-given needs for love and true union, including connection with those of one’s own sex. But, long-term relating bliss can be elusive for just about anyone.
Still, has anything taken God by Surprise? God not only accepts queerness, it is—expressed attentively—part of His plan for our joy. There are more kinds of connection than we know, happier than the sparse paths the world often signals. God can help us fulfill our needs while honoring His will; and generous feelings can replace discouragement, isolation, lust, even addiction.
Beckstrand shares scriptural keys for transforming relationships and creating deep, lasting same-sex bonds. He offers insights to bolster confidence in God’s love for each person and His designs for all differences. “I hope all who feel attraction to their own sex—or any isolating difference—can learn its positive purpose and most fulfilling expressions, that each person can feel self-love, God’s love, and profound love with others.” These principles apply to heterosexuals, married people, singles, women, and men. Chapters include:
- Beyond Either/or Thinking
- Is It All about Sex?
- What’s Good About Attraction to Your Own Sex?
- Is Fluidity Real?
- Are Competing Desires Healthful?
- Is Mixed Orientation Marriage a Happy Option for Some?
- Authentic Identity – The Key to Happiness
- How to Not Miss Out
- Close Beyond Imagination
Get these concise concepts plus information on relating with a gay loved one, suggestions for coming out (or not), how to support families of LGBTQIA people—and anyone who might be questioning God’s love for them—plus online extras and bonus material. A secular version of this book is titled, Abundant Paths.
Beckstrand is the best-selling author of 26 books and winner of a 2016 International Book Award (reviews by Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, and School Library Journal). 55,000 words, 260 pages, 8.5”x5.5” hard or soft cover, ebook and audiobook (in Oct.), PathsPress (worldwide rights © Sept. 2022), libraries, and all major distributors. FAM056000, FAM051000, SEL046000, FAM021000, YAN032000, YAN048010, YAN051110, HEA042000, FAM029000, BIO031000, BIO018000, BIO026000, FAM030000, OCC011020, SEL032000, SEL041040, YAN051240, SEL008000, FAM006000, OCC019000, FAM038000; LCCN: 2022937790, hard ISBN: 978-1951599157, soft ISBN: 978-1951599164, e-ISBN: 9781005507831
Leaving her brother in Scotland (her father already lost at sea), Agnes sails with her mother and siblings to New York in 1856. They take a train to the edge of the Western Frontier in Iowa then walk westward 1,200 miles, with little food. Somewhere near the Continental Divide, Agnes's shoes wear out. In blizzard conditions, she must now cross the Rocky Mountains—barefoot.
An inspiring account of courage and faith for children 6 – 11 years (first – sixth grades); 1,500 read-aloud words from Agnes Caldwell Southworth's autobiography and set in an important era of American pioneer history; retold by award-winning author and college media instructor Karl Beckstrand (Horse & Dog Adventures—see Beckstrand’s 60+ multicultural books) and Veara Southworth Fife
Get all four biographical children’s books in this hybrid series (standalone, previous titles not required, LDS): Ida’s Witness, Anna’s Prayer, Samuel Sailing. 32 full-color illustrations, 8.5"x8.5", hard cover, soft cover, or ebook about immigrant kids, families, 4th of July, travel, and moving; Premio Publishing & Gozo Books (worldwide rights © April 2021), lesson plans/online secrets: Premiobooks, libraries, and all major distributors; LCCN: 2021931888; JNF053240, JNF025200, JNF007120, JNF057000, JNF038060, JNF007080; soft ISBN: 978-1975888831, hard 978-1951599119, eISBN: 978-1005577032
With new faith, Ida leaves her mother and brother and sails with her sister to America for a better life—free from poverty and persecution. But she knows no English. How will she share what she’s learned in a strange country?
A delightful, inspiring story for all ages and cultures, this prequel to Anna’s Prayer is set in an important era of U.S. immigration history. 2,000 read-aloud words by Ida Lovisa Anderson retold by best-selling author/illustrator and college media instructor Karl Beckstrand (The Bridge of the Golden Wood—see Beckstrand’s 60+ multicultural books). 35 full-color illustrations for children 6 – 12 yrs., 1st – 7th grades.
Get this hybrid picture book about immigration, religious freedom, courageous women, May Day, baptism, and families—#2 in the Young American Immigrants series (#1 is Agnes's Rescue, #4 is Samuel Sailing) available in soft cover, hard cover, and e-book versions. 8.5”x8.5” LDS biography. See family history/geography lesson plans and video book trailer: PremioBooks. Premio Publishing (worldwide rights © Nov. 2018), libraries, and all major distributors. JNF007120, JNF053240, JNF025200, JNF038060, JNF007080, JNF057050, lCCN: 2016962276, eISBN: 9780463292839, hard ISBN 9780985398859, soft ISBN 9781503247147
- 7 easy, yummy low-sugar recipes (more online)
- Fun family activity
- African-American child
- Hard cover, soft cover, or ebook
Look inside! The perfect length book for kids (not too long for adults): 24 pages. It’s clever, hands-on fun for boys and girls ages 4 – 10 (preschool – 5th grade). Get more healthful recipes free at PremioBooks. 320 read-aloud words (before recipes) by award-winning author and college media instructor Karl Beckstrand (Crumbs on the Stairs – Migas en las escaleras: A Mystery—see all of Beckstrand’s 60+ diverse books); illustrated by Jeff Faerber.
#1 in the Food Books for Children series (other titles: The Dancing Flamingos of Lake Chimichanga, Grow: How We Get Food from Our Garden, Ma MacDonald Flees the Farm); family/kids’ cookbook with black protagonist; 8”x10” full-color fruit humor book for reluctant readers; Premio Publishing & Gozo Books (Worldwide rights © 2011), libraries, and all major distributors. LCCN: 2010910826; GAM020000, JUV050000, JUV011010, JUV019000, JUV054000, JUV020000, Hard ISBN: 978-0977606542, Soft ISBN: 978-0977606511 (ebook: 978-1452415598)
Elena es una niña sensible. A diferencia de su hermano medio loco, Benjamín, ella se apega a la razón y a los hechos, pero no por mucho. El mundo práctico de Elena está a punto de volverse sobre boca abajo gracias, en parte, a su hermanito Iván. . . y un invitado inusual.
Las actividades incluyen Encontrar"lo" (veánse los SECRETOS en línea), contarlo y de aprendizaje de preposiciones / palabras. Ilustraciones vívidas de Jeremy Higginbotham asisten en la comprensión (para niños entre 4 a 7 años de edad). Misterios para menores #5 (otros en la serie: Sonidos en la casa, Migas en las escaleras, Ella no quiere los gusanos, Why Juan Can’t Sleep). Consiga este libro en inglés, bilingüe, pasta dura, blanda o en versión de e-book. 36 páginas, libro multicultural con personajes asiáticos y polinesios, 800 palabras en español (doble para el libro bilingüe) por el premiado autor de literatura infantil Karl Beckstrand (Haz clic arriba para ver sus 60 otros libros).
Children love to find “It” (see online SECRETS) as they learn parts of speech in a second language. Kids’ book with multiracial family (Filipino and Pacific Islander) available in English, bilingual, hard, soft, or ebook versions.; 800 read-aloud words; 36 full-color 8.5"x8.5" illustrations. For free lesson plans see PremioBooks. Premio Publishing & Gozo Books (Derechos mundiales ©Agosto 2019), Baker & Taylor, B&N, Brodart, Follett, Gardner’s, Herzberg/Perma-bound, Ingram, Biblio/EBSCO/ibooks/Kindle/Kobo/Mackin/Smash/SCRIBD, libraries, Target and Walmart online. LCCN: 2019901686; JUV028000, JNF020030, JUV009080, JUV030080, JUV019000, JUV052000, JUV071000, JUV009030, HUM001000; eISBN 978-0463800508, hard ISBN: 978-1732069657, soft ISBN: 978-1076006516
No hay nada que temer, Ruidos en la casa es un libro chistoso que explica las causas de esos sonidos espantosos — para niños de 2 – 7 años. Tiene una actividad de búsqueda y dibujos vividos para ayudar con el vocabulario. Otro misterio divertido por Karl Beckstrand (Bad Bananas — Haz clic en Karl Beckstrand arriba para ver sus 60 libros multiculturales); toda la familia va a reírse aprendiendo sobre el temor, el coraje y la amistad. Pida este libro con perro y gato en inglés, bilingüe (tapa blanda o dura), o también como e-book. Libro con 24 páginas, 8.5”x8.5”, 150 palabras en español. ¡Te vas a divertir!
Ever been scared by strange noises—that seem to happen by themselves? What causes those squeaks and bumps? A scaredy-cat dog faces his fears and finds out in this funny bedtime story on courage and friendship. Kids love the finding activity (find 25 sounds, nouns, and verbs) and clever illustrations by Channing Jones that aid language comprehension. 24 full-color illustrations, 150 read-aloud words (double for bilingual book) by award-winning author and media professor Karl Beckstrand (see 60+ multicultural books—click Karl Beckstrand above). Nothing to fear, there’s only fun here!
#1, Mini-mysteries for Minors series. Other Spanish mysteries: Migas en las escaleras, Ella no quiere los gusanos, De la silla de Iván salió: Un misterio. Children’s book (Sounds in the House) available in hard or soft cover and ebook versions: Premio Publishing & Gozo Books (worldwide rights © 2004, 2011, derechos mundiales, Misterios para los menores [serie cómico]), all major distributors, librerías, bibliotecas y tiendas de calidad. More inside images/video book trailers: PremioBooks. JUV020000, JUV019000, JUV028000, JUV054000, Hard ISBN: 9781951599003, soft: 978-065436913, eISBN: 9781452486543
Selected by the Georgia Farm Bureau and by Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation. Children (ages 4 – 7, preschool – 2nd grade) love to see things grow. Learn basic gardening and find the animals (revealed in online secrets). 325 dyslexic-font words by award-winning author and college media instructor Karl Beckstrand (She Doesn’t Want the Worms: A Mystery [English-Spanish] —see all of Beckstrand’s 60+ multicultural stories). Illustrated by Zanara. Look inside!
In Publisher’s Weekly. The perfect length book for kids (not too long for adults): 28 full-color pages. How does your garden grow? Read other Food Books for Kids (series; previous titles not needed): Bad Bananas: A Story Cookbook for Kids, The Dancing Flamingos of Lake Chimichanga, Crumbs on the Stairs, Ma MacDonald Flees the Farm
For free food/ecology lesson plan ideas and recipes see: PremioBooks. None of our picture books discuss gender or orientation. 8.5″x8.5″ hard/soft cover children’s horticulture/farm book/children’s book; also an ebook. Premio Publishing & Gozo Books (worldwide rights © Oct. 2020), libraries, and all major distributors. JNF022000, JUV050000, GAR000000, JUV011010, JUV006000, JUV020000, JUV029000, JUV054000, LCCN: 2020945698; Hard ISBN: 978-1951599072, soft: 978-1951599089, eISBN: 978-1005175436
World War I has broken out. Samuel’s parents have sold their business, their home—everything—to purchase passage on a freighter to the USA. Now their boy is in the hospital; and even if he lives, no ship will let him aboard for several weeks. Meanwhile, Atlantic crossings may not be possible for long.
Experience this family’s heart-wrenching choice and its consequences through the eyes of the courageous child who lived it. Stories of real immigrant children fascinate readers and transcend culture and time (35 pages/70 vintage images for children ages 6 – 11 years, 1st – 6th grades).
Look inside! 1,000 read-aloud words adapted from Samuel P. Martin’s autobiography by award-winning author-illustrator and college media instructor Karl Beckstrand (Horse & Dog Adventures in Early California—see Beckstrand’s 60+ multicultural books).
#4 in the Young American Immigrants series (standalone—previous titles not required); other titles in this hybrid picture book series: Agnes’s Rescue, Ida’s Witness, Anna’s Prayer; get lesson plans and online secrets: Premiobooks; 8.5"x8.5", hard cover, soft cover, or ebook about immigrant kids, family history/genealogy, moving, and modes of transportation; Premio Publishing & Gozo Books (worldwide rights © June 2021), libraries, schools, and all major distributors. LCCN: 2021931888; JNF053240, JNF038010, JNF009000, JNF058000, JNF025210, JNF007020, JNF002000; eISBN: 978-1005346508, soft ISBN: 979-8511690322, hard 978-1951599126
Look inside! Muffy is a little dog who loves people; but after a painful injury she is wary of other dogs. Valor is a lost German shepherd who gets hit by a car. When Muffy’s family brings Valor home to recover, no one is sure what Muff will do. Kids love the dog counting activity and online SECRETS.
#1, True Pet Stories (series. Next in series: Horse & Dog Adventures). Animal lovers’ book with 700 read-aloud words in dyslexic font by best-selling, award-winning author and college media instructor Karl Beckstrand (Agnes’s Rescue—see all of Beckstrand’s 60+ multicultural books), illustrated by Brandon Rodriguez.
Get this 28-page full-color picture book with big dogs in hard cover, soft cover, or ebook versions (8.5”x8.5”). More inside images and lesson plans: Premio Publishing (worldwide rights © Sept. 2017) PremioBooks, libraries, and all major distributors. JNF003060, JNF053060, JNF053050, JNF003170, JNF018030, JNF053220, JNF024070, lCCN: 2017939481, eISBN: 978-1370601592, Hard ISBN: 978-0985398842, Soft ISBN: 978-1479315574
Get this funny bedtime story on courage and friendship (with finding activity: sounds, nouns, and verbs). Humorous illustrations by Channing Jones aid language comprehension (for ages 2 & up/ESL/ELL; preschool - sixth grade; Easy to read & level 1 ESOL/ESE).
#1, Mini-mysteries for Minors series. Other beginning Spanish mysteries: Crumbs on the Stairs – Migas en las escaleras, She Doesn't Want the Worms – Ella no quiere los gusanos, It Came from under the High Chair - Salió de debajo de la silla para comer. See: 4 Spanish-English Books for Kids. Look inside!
The perfect length book for kids (not too long for adults): 24 pages (full-color). 150 read-aloud words (double for bilingual) by best-selling, award-winning author and college media instructor Karl Beckstrand (see all of Beckstrand’s 60+ multicultural books). Explore this bilingual children’s book on feelings/emotions in Spanish-only or English-only, 8.5”x8.5”, hard/soft/ebook. Nothing to fear, there’s only fun here!
Premio Publishing & Gozo Books (worldwide rights © 2004, 2011). None of our picture books discuss gender or orientation. More inside images/video book trailers: PremioBooks, libraries, and all major distributors.
¿Alguna vez, has oído en tu casa ruidos que te asustan? ¿De dónde vienen esos chirridos y golpes? Te encantará descubrirlo. No hay nada que temer; Sonidos en la casa es un libro chistoso que explica las causas de esos sonidos espantosos (tapa dura o blanda). Aprenda sobre el temor, el valor y la amistad. Un misterio divertido para toda la familia (para niños de 3 años y arriba), incluye una guía de pronunciación en inglés y español, una actividad de búsqueda y dibujos vividos para ayudar con el vocabulario. Pida este libro como un e-book o únicamente en inglés o español: Premiobooks. Libro con dibujos, 24 páginas 8.5”x8.5”, 150 palabras, JNF020010, JNF020030, JUV019000, JUV020000, JUV027998, JUV039050, JUV028000, Hard ISBN: 978-0985398873, Soft ISBN: 978-0615442303, Ebook ISBN: 978-1452411408 (Spanish Hard: 9781951599003, Spanish soft: 9780615436913)
“Smile, frown, sky, and ground…. Red, yellow, blue, brown…. Leap and bound, verb and noun, sight, smell, taste, sound.”
The perfect length book for kids (not too long for adults); get this children’s book for beginning readers (26 full-color pages, 93 simple read-aloud words, double for bilingual) written and illustrated by award-winning author and college media instructor Karl Beckstrand (see all of Beckstrand’s 60+ diverse books).
Set at the historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in California, Arriba Up includes diverse characters and vivid illustrations for language/concept comprehension for boys and girls ages 2 & up/ESL/ELL (preschool - 6th grade; Easy to read & level 1 ESOL/ESE). Look inside!
Language activity/bilingual book available in Spanish-only, English-only, 8"x10" hard cover, paperback, or ebook. More Spanish kids’ books: Crumbs on the Stairs – Migas en las escaleras: A Mystery; Sounds in the House – Sonidos en la casa; She Doesn’t Want the Worms – Ella no quiere los gusanos; It Came from under the High Chair; Great Cape o’ Colors – Capa de colores; Premio Publishing & Gozo Books (worldwide rights © Aug. 2012) PremioBooks, libraries, and all major distributors. None of our picture books discuss gender or orientation.
Arriba Up es un libro bilingüe de opuestos y comparaciones (para niños de 2 años +). Este libro contiene una guía de pronunciación en español, actividades de contar y dibujos de colores vivos para ayudar con el vocabulario — la diversión y el aprendizaje para toda la familia. Ordene su ejemplar de este libro en español, inglés, tapa blanda o dura, o e-book (vea dentro del libro en línea): Premiobooks, bibliotecas y librerías de calidad. Libro o e-book con dibujos y protagonistas de varias culturas, 26 páginas, 8"x10", 93 palabras (doble por bilingüe). LCCN: 2012912901, JUV054000, JNF020010, FOR07000, JUV009040, hard ISBN: 978-1732069671, Hard ISBN: 978-1732069671, soft: 978-0615688237, eISBN 978-1452476285