A National Second Grade Project by Conrad J. Storad

gatorgator_cover_lGator, Gator, Second Grader is the newest project by multi-award-winning author and editor of more than 50 science and nature books for children,  Conrad J. Storad.

When second graders Benny and Jacob bring a baby alligator to school in a cardboard box, their teacher, Mrs. Nichols, has an important message to share. “A baby gator is NOT a good classroom pet!” An impromptu “pet safari” unfolds as Mrs. Nichols helps her students identify which creatures are suitable for school and which animals are better housed elsewhere! This engaging story is narrated by a beloved classroom pet gerbil, nicknamed “Snoozer.” The narrative is cleverly illustrated by Alex Lopez.

As students compare and contrast a wide variety of animals, they quickly learn to recognize which creatures make good pets and which creatures do best in the zoo or in their natural habitats. The book’s accompanying curriculum guide expertly introduces students to gerbils like Snoozer and provides an in-depth look at American alligators. With language and pictures masterfully crafted for early elementary readers, Gator, Gator, Second Grader provides parents and educators with a trusted resource to help students learn more about nature. As Benny and Jacob soon come to realize, “Some animals are safe, fun pets, but alligators belong in the wild!”

Five Star Publications, the publisher for Conrad J. Storad’s books in Arizona, has created a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds to support and nationally promote the book. The goal is to get a copy of the book into EVERY second grade classroom in North America. You may obtain more information and can help turn their goal into reality by contributing to the Gator Gator, Second Grader  Kickstarter Campaign.

Authors Participate in Arizona Centennial Cancer Research Fundraiser on 2/12/2012

2.2Many genres and award winning books will be featured by Arizona authors  in the Writers Unite to Fight Cancer (WUFC)  Arizona Centennial Cancer Research Fundraiser at the Arizona Biltmore. This charity event will be held on February 2nd, 2012 from The authors will contribute a dollar per book sold at this event to the cancer research.

Two books that will be represented at this event have been designated as Arizona Centennial Legacy Projects.

  • a)   Arizona Way out West and Wacky written by multi-award winning authors Conrad Storad and Lynda Exley. The Library version of this Five Star Publications book, Arizona Way Out West And Witty, won the 2012 One Book Arizona Kids.
  • b)  Addie Slaughter – The Girl Who Met Geronimo written by Susan Krueger Ed.D and Reba Wells Grandrud, Ph.D.

Several of the other Arizona authors participating in this event have won state and national literary awards:

  • Cindy R. William’s book Chase McKay Didn’t Get Up Today received the 2009 Arizona Glyph Award and 2010 Southwest Book Award Finalist. Her other writing awards include: Honorable mention in the 77th &79th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, and 1st place in 2008 Arizona American Mother’s Association Literary Contest.
  • Conrad Storad’s book Don’t Ever Cross that Road (An Armadillo Story) received “Arizona Young Reader Award” nominee for 2006 and Southwest Books of the Year–”Best Reading for 2003.” Sonoran Desert A to Z – Coloring/ Learning book was designated the 1999 “Best Book by a New Publisher” by the Arizona Book Publishing Association (ABPA). Don’t Call Me Pig (A Javelina Story) was also chosen as Governor Napolitano’s “One Book for Every First Grader” giveaway in 2005, and received the 1999 “Best Children’s Book” ABPA Glyph Award as well as the 1999 “Best Children’s Book Illustration” ABPA Glyph Award and was finalist for the 1999 Benjamin Franklin Award by Publishers Marketing Association. His children’s picture book Meerkats won Arizona’s “Best Book of 2008” Rattlesnake Rules won two ABPA Glyph awards in 2010: Best Children’s Book Cover Design and Honor Book – best Children’s Fiction. Storad is a contributing writer and editor for the nationally award-winning ASU Research Magazine. In 2001, the Arizona Library Association honored Storad with the Judy Goddard Award as “Arizona Children’s Author of the Year.”
  • Donna Hatch of Gilbert Regency Romance: The Guise of a Gentleman, and the Stranger she Married and Fantasy: Queen in Exile, have won or been nominated as a finalist in many writing awards including Golden Quill.
  • Gayle Martin is the author of the Luke and Jenny Series. Billy the Kid was the 2007 Indie Book Awards for Excellence Finalist Billy the Kid; Gunfight at the O.K. Corral received Honorable mention at the 2007 Hollywood Book Festival.
  • Janette Rallison of Chandler is the award winning author of 17 novels and has sold over a million books. In Just One Wish, the protagonist’s little brother has cancer. Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To Do List placed on the IRA Young Adults’ Choices List 2007, It’s a Mall World After All placed on IRA Young Adults’ Choices List 2008, How to Take the Ex out of Ex Boyfriend place IRA Young Adults’ Choices List 2009 and My Fair Godmother was nominated for 2011 Grand Canyon Reader Award.
  • Linda Radke is the author of The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing (a 2010 Paris Book Festival first-place winner in the “How-To” category and a Writer’s Digest Book Club selection, now into its second edition) and Promote Like a Pro: Small Budget, Big Show (a Doubleday Executive Program Book Club selection). Legends in the Kitchen: Celebrity Recipes for a Cause, which she coproduced with Mrs. Howard Keel, earned an honorable mention in the “Cookbook” category at the 2010 Paris Book Festival. She is also a founding member of the Arizona Book Publishing Association, was named “Book Marketer of the Year” by Book Publicists of Southern California and received numerous public relations and marketing awards from Arizona Press Women.
  • Louise Laughlin of Mesa wrote I Must Be Dreaming. Her memoir is about her husband, Larry who is an esophageal cancer survivor, Vietnam vet and played football with the ASU Sundevils under Frank Kush, 1963 – 67. One of her children’s picture books, Libby’s Vacation, won the 2011 ABPA Glyph award for the book cover. Santa Goes Shopping is set in Chandler Arizona.
  • Michael Moorehead is the author of The Student From Zombie Island: Conquering The Rumor Monster – Winner of the
    2008 Reader Views Annual Literary Award for Best Children’s Book for Ages 7 and Older.

Five to Thrive Co-authors Lise Alschuler, ND and Karolyn A. Gazella, medical journalist; are both cancer survivors.  Their sponsor sponsor, Kyowa, has donated 160 books to include in the complimentary gift bags that will be given to each guest who attends the event.  Alschuler and Gazella are also co-authors of The Definitive Guide to Cancer and co-founders of the multimedia educational initiative Cancer Thrivers.

Additional WUFC Arizona authors selling and signing books at this event include: Angela Morrison MFA of Mesa is a young adult author of four published books.  Anna Arnett is a Chandler octogenarian and author of Lolly’s Yarn – a memoir about her romance and life married to WWII prisoner of War, USAF pilot Charles Arnett, an Arizona Native. Betsy Love wrote Identity, a mystery about two women who look very similar but have very different backgrounds who are involved in a plane crash that leaves their identities confused. Betty Webb of Scottsdale Arizona is a journalist and literary critic for more than 25 years. Her Lena Jones detective series is set in Arizona. Beverly Jane Phillips lives in Gilbert and is a retired Presbyterian minister. She is the author of Learning a New Language, Speech About Women and God which addresses the issue of expansive language for God. From Heaven to My Heart, God’s Journey With Me is a compilation of prayers. Reverend Cay Randall-May, PhD is an author and artist from Phoenix who teaches at a Phoenix College. She is a member of the Council for Healing, representing Medical Intuition and Prayer Healing and hosts the Above and Beyond internet radio show. Her book with CD is Healing and the Creative Response.

More participating WUFC authors include: Cynthia Roedig is author of Ginger Boy and the Silver Lariat a full-color, 24-page book features a westernized retelling of the gingerbread man origination story, but with a twist. David Arnett, Chandler resident, is co-author of The Baltimore Principles. David Summers is an astronomer at Kitt Peak National Observatory outside of Tucson. His wife is a breast cancer survivor and he writes steam punk. Dorian Tether of Scottsdale is a children’s book author and illustrator; The Pelican and the Whale and When The Coyote Howls. Gilat Ben-Dor of Phoenix is an author and CEO of Gusto Power. She wrote: The Confetti Path, The Rainbow Blueprint, and The Gusto Power Workbook. Kerry Lynn Blair, currently in Dewey, is an ovarian cancer survivor and author of Counting Blessings as well as several LDS fiction and young adult novels. Her 2011 Christmas story is Angels Bending Near the Earth.

Other WUFC authors at this event will be: Margaret Turley, WUFC administrator is a registered nurse with over 34 years experience and wrote Save the Child. This novel set in Gilbert Arizona and explores the world of pediatric cancer, alternative medicine and parent’s rights to choose the healthcare for their children. Marsheila Rockwell is the author of: The Shard Axe and Legacy of the Wolves, several science fiction and fantasy short stories, poetry and articles. Her two year old son has neuroblastoma. Nancy Lee Burns, resident of Pine is a retired social worker and wrote Retirement: Sacred or Scared. Her book takes you on her journeys of exploration while hiking scenic Arizona trails. Teresa Sneed is the author of No Angel.  Jonathan is not happy with being designated as a guardian angel. His client, Celeste has a mind of her own and leaves him stuck in a place he only wants to forget. Her son is a cancer survivor. Susan L. Krueger’s newest book is Horrifa’s Magic Makeover: “Witch” Way to the Ball?