Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Maggie van Galen, Award Winning Author Of ‘The Adventures of Keeno And Ernest’ Chosen As One Of '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading'

Maggie van Galen was chosen from a field of hundreds of authors who appeared on The Authors Show Radio in 2014. Van Galen's 'The Adventures of Keeno and Ernest' series of children's books teach children valuable life lessons

Maggie van Galen, award winning author of the 'The Adventures of Keeno And Ernest' children's book series has been chosen as one of '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading'. She will appear in the 2014 edition of the book by the same title. Van Galen was chosen as the result of her appearance on The Authors Show Radio.

Maggie van Galen's books teach children valuable life lessons such as friendship and trust. There are currently two books in the series, 'The Banana Tree' and 'The Diamond Mine'. These heartwarming stories tell the tale of two best friends navigating the adventures of life in the jungle. Keeno, a mischievous monkey, seems to always go against the advice of his best friend, a wise, young elephant named Ernest, only to find himself in trouble. In the end, Keeno learns a lot about friendship and also some very valuable life lessons.

"I am so excited to have won the '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading' contest put on by The Authors Show," Maggie stated. "Until publishing my first book, I had always considered my writing more of a hobby, but awards like this are affirmation that I have chosen the right path.  The fact that the winners are chosen by public voting lends even more credibility.  My signature line is "Always Follow Your Dreams" and that is exactly what I'm doing."

Both 'The Adventures of Keeno and Ernest - The Banana Tree' and 'The Diamond Mine' have been named a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient in family-friendly media, products and services. 'The Adventures of Keeno and Ernest -The Banana Tree' has been award the 'This Book Rocks! StoryTime Jam' award for best picture book from StoryTime by Design, Inc.

Van Galen also does classroom presentations centered around the books series. A typical presentation lasts 45 minutes to one hour. Presentations include a reading of the book(s), questions and answers, and fun stories.

"My presentation is appropriate for students from preschool through elementary," van Galen continued. "I have read to all different size groups, from 10 children to over 300. To date, I have read to over 3,000 children and haven't lost one yet.  Depending on the school’s needs, I can do one large presentation or up to 5 sessions in one day.  I always leave a copy of each book for the school’s library and donate $1 per book sold (from the school) back to the school’s reading program."

Maggie van Galen is available for school visits nationwide via Skype and media interviews. She can be reached using the information below or by email at maggie@keenoandernest.com. Books are available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. More information is available at Maggie van Galen's website at http://www.maggievangalen.com.

About Maggie van Galen:

Maggie van Galen grew up in Northern Michigan listening to her father's stories, imagining the characters, being transported to the locations and engaging in the plots. Maggie discovered that she too had the creativity to put her thoughts to paper and always used writing as a sort of escapism. After years of telling stories to her boys and their friends, Maggie decided to share them with the world. Maggie lives with her husband and two beautiful boys on the North Shore of Massachusetts.


Maggie van Galen