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LeeCropped2 Our AuthorsLee (Leona) Novy Jackson taught family and consumer sciences in Missouri and Wisconsin schools for many years.  She is the author of the award-winning children’s Christmas book, The Littlest Christmas Kitten and three apple cookbooks:

From the Apple Orchard — Recipes for Apple Lovers
Apples, Apples Everywhere — Favorite Recipes from America’s Orchards

Healthy to the Core! All Natural Low Sugar/No Sugar Apple Recipes for Kids

Lee has also written a textbook,  Careers in Focus—Family and Consumer Sciences and many magazine and newspaper articles. This textbook emphasizes skills necessary for success in the workplace. It covers areas on how to choose a career, develop skills for job success, and how to find and keep a job. Personal stories of professionals in the field of family and consumer sciences are highlighted.

This book received the Missouri Writers’ Guild Major Work Award. It is used in high schools, community colleges, and work-based learning programs throughout the country.

Jackson received a B.S. degree in home economics education from the University of Wisconsin – Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin and an M.S. degree in education from Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri. After having taught family and consumer sciences (home economics) for over 25 years, she now enjoys writing and publishing about home and family issues.


Houts Photo 199x300 Our AuthorsCooking and writing are Amy Houts’s two favorite activities. She enjoys cooking for her husband and enjoyed helping and inspiring her two daughters to appreciate working with food as they were growing up. While teaching preschool classes she developed food programs to enrich children’s learning experiences.

Amy is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has served as president of the Missouri Writers’ Guild on the state and local level and is active in her local writing chapter. She lives with her husband in Maryville, Missouri where she is an instructor for a correspondence course in writing for children.

Amy is devoted to her craft and remains a busy  writer. She has an extensive collection of books, articles, and poetry published, including:

Picture Books:
• Symmetry Crafts. Pearson Learning
• The 100th Day of School. Pearson Learning
• Make and Use an Abax. Pearson Learning
• Get Moving. Pearson Learning
• Pattern Fun.Pearson Learning
• Make an Animal Craft.Pearson Learning
• Sesame Street Countdown with the Count. Learning Horizons
• Dora the Explorer Preschool Adventure.Learning Horizons
• Dora the Explorer Addition. Learning Horizons
• Dora the Explorer Subtraction. Learning Horizons
• Dora the Explorer Safety. Learning Horizons
• Dora the Explorer Trace & Draw. Learning Horizons
• Winifred Witch and her Very Own Cat. Dalmatian Press
• On the Farm. Dalmatian Press
• The Princess and the Pea. Dalmatian Press
• An A*B*C Christmas. Standard Publishing

Cookbooks for Children:
Cooking Around the Country with Kids. Images Unlimited
Cooking Around the Calendar with Kids. Images Unlimited
Learning Through Cooking Activities. Preschool Publications

Activity Place Mats
LeapFrog Activity Place Mats: ABC, Healthy Food, Addition, Money. Learning Horizons


Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen,” American Profile, November 20, 2005.
Homemade Ice Cream,” American Profile, July 31, 2005.
Carving a Jack O’ Lantern: a fun, family tradition,” American Profile, October 17, 2004.
Easter Eggs,” American Profile, April 4, 2004.
Let’s Talk Turkey,” American Profile, November 30, 2003.
Cut Food Costs,” American Profile, October 5, 2003.
What’s for Lunch?American Profile, August 10, 2003.
Science in the Kitchen,” Ladybug, November, 2000,.
Monthly column, “Preschooler in the Kitchen,” in Parent and preschooler Newsletter, Preschool Publications, Inc., 1986-1998.

Children’s Poetry:
Month by Month with Mop,” Ladybug, January, 2002. Cooking verses for each month with correlating recipes on-line.
Snakes Never Slurp Their Soup: a Time for Table Manners,”My Self, My Family, My Friends: 26 Experts Explore Young Children’s Self-Esteem, Preschool Publications, Inc., 2000.




BobBohlken 300x225 Our AuthorsRobert Bohlken, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Communication, taught 42 years at both the secondary and university levels and is currently a communication consultant, author, and speaker. His professional areas of expertise and research are in listening, semantics, and interpersonal trust/relationship.

He has published more than twenty academic journal articles, presented papers at more than forty academic conferences, made more than sixty service and social club presentations, and authored three booklets: Grandpa Listens as Bobby Grows Up, How the Rabbit Became the Easter Bunny, and How to Talk Rural Northwest Missouri Talk .

Dr. Bohlken is a member of the International Listening Association, International Society of General Semantics, National Communication Association, and a life member of the Optimist International Service Club.

Degrees held by Dr. Bohlken include a B.S. in Language Arts Education with Distinction, Nebraska State College, Peru; Master of Arts Degree in Communication/Theatre Arts, University of Nebraska ; and Doctorate of Philosophy in Communication, University of Kansas , Lawrence, KS.

Dr. Bohlken’s three books published by Images Unlimited Publishing include:

How the Rabbit Became the Easter Bunny
  Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures
  Listening to Rural Midwestern Idioms/Folk Sayings



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