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Welcome to Kristen Olsen Writes. 

Writing for children and teaching a child how to read is a passion I can’t live without. I feel pure joy when I write for children. I also love to teach students how to become more proficient readers and writers. The first time I saw joy in a child’s face because she could read, I realized that reading and writing were activities I wanted to devote the rest of my life to. Moreover, becoming a mother has increased my love for the art of reading and writing and my will to set a good foundation for my son’s life long learning.

Kristen Olsen’s Writing

The writing genres I most enjoy, and practice, are poetry and children’s books. My poetry has appeared in the Greyrock Review, and I have written a collection of poems inspired by living in unique places such as Hawaii, Indonesia, Poland and Kosovo.I write my children’s picture books so my readers can find many ways of learning within the story through sight words, phonics, singing and movement, rhythm, call and response and dancing.I create stories that give young readers the pleasure of reading first, so they are motivated to be lifelong readers and learners. 

Tunes & Tales

TUNES & TALES is a radio show featured on 88.9 KRFC every other Sunday at 6PM MST. This show is written and produced for kids by Kristen Olsen. On this show kids hear stories written and performed by published picture book authors. Kids can get their wiggles out to music composed by musicians, theatre groups, entertainers and from the latest albums of children’s music.  Kids, this show is for you! 

Sunday, 11//19/17, 6pm MST Episode Seven on 88.9 KRFC 

Featured Author: Heather Preusser & Featured Musician: Saja Butler 

Author Heather Preusser

Heather Preusser earned a BA in English and art history from Williams College, an MA in education from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. She is currently working on several picture books and novels for young readers. When not writing, Heather teaches high school English, bikes the European countryside, and attempts to learn ridiculously long German words. She and her husband reside in Colorado.

  Saja Butler’s a musical muse calling you over for a righteous jam.

Musician Saja Butler

Since 2007, Saja has taught thousands of people to play guitar, banjo, ukulele and how to sing beautifully. No matter where you’re at in skill, Saja can teach you how to play well,write your own tunes, and perform your favorite songs with soul and power.When it comes to music, Saja loves it all. You can hear her Southern roots as she picks a ballad on the banjo.

You can feel the beauty of blues, pop, R&B and rock when she’s hammering on the guitar. Her voice is a calling to heal you through and through. Saja gives familiar tunes newfound soul. She’s been jamming out on instruments of every kind for over 30 years, and she uses her mastery of guitar, banjo, and voice to entertain, inspire and put students on center stage.Saja graduated from the Colorado Contemporary Music College with a degree in Music Theory and Instruction. She hauled her passion for music to her Rocky Mountain Studio in 2007, and the place has been singing ever since. She welcomes you to come and tap into the groove.

Saja is also proud to be in Lois and the Lantern. 
​Check them out at:www.loisandthelantern.com

Sunday, 10/29/17, 6pm MST Episode Six on 88.9 KRFC

Featured Author: Stan Yan & Theatre Group: Playground Theatre

Playground Theatre: Jeff Haycook & Mia Sole

As a writer/director, Mia Sole is incredibly creative, inventive, and high powered, and a member of that handful of comedians that loves to ad lib. Her mind is a bonafide comedy computer working at lightning speed to generate giggles, dedicated to bring the joy. On stage, Mia takes you to a make-believe place of supreme goodness and then makes you laugh uncontrollably. A master of physical comedy and a crafty puppeteer behind the curtain. She can deliver Shakespeare trippingly off her tongue, twist Red Riding-hood into a rap sensation or tangle with a chair as a cunning cowgirl, all with hilarious consequences.

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Welcome to Kristen Olsen Writes. 

Writing for children and teaching a child how to read is a passion I can’t live without. I feel pure joy when I write for children. I also love to teach students how to become more proficient readers and writers. The first time I saw joy in a child’s face because she could read, I realized that reading and writing were activities I wanted to devote the rest of my life to. Moreover, becoming a mother has increased my love for the art of reading and writing and my will to set a good foundation for my son’s life long learning.

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Writing: Getting Down At Eye Level

 Getting down at my child’s eye level allows me to see things from his perspective. This is a useful strategy for helping me to create stories from a child’s point of view. For example, one spring day when my son was a toddler, he and I visited the Lee Martinez Farm in Fort Collins, Colo. We bought a paper bag of grains to feed the animals. To our delight, a litter of goats had recently been born. My son stood captivated as the fearless goats licked his small palms clean of the food. We watched the happy goats as they leaped for fun. However, goats, like children, are naturally curious, and one sneaky Billy grabbed our bag of food and swallowed the whole thing! My son broke into tears, and we ran to tell the manager that the goat had eaten our bag. The manager assured us the goat would digest the bag.

This experience inspired my research on goats. When I found that they climb Argan trees in Morocco, I realized that this interesting fact was a fun, cultural story waiting to be told. 

While researching goats, I found this picture at the Web site, www.amusingplanet.com/2015/05/tree-climbing-goats-of-morocco.html:

Learning this very interesting and entertaining fact led me to conduct further research that was equally as fascinating and that inspired me to write a manuscript for a children’s picture book.

If you are an agent or editor and would like to see my work. Please contact me.