Karl Beckstrand

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Karl Beckstrand is a freckle-faced author of twelve books and more than 30 online titles (reviews by Kirkus, The Horn Book blog, School Library Journal, ForeWord Reviews). Raised in San Jose, California, USA, he received a B.A. in journalism from BYU and an M.A. in international relations from APU. Two publishers produced his early titles, In 2004 he founded Premio Publishing & Gozo (multicultural) Books. An engaging speaker, consultant, and workshop facilitator, Beckstrand has experience in high tech, public policy, radio, TV, and film. He contrasts traditional with digital/self-publishing. He has presented for SUECON (education conference), Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, California’s Capital Book Festival, Utah Educational Library Media Association, Salt Lake City Book Festival, Utah Humanities Council, Murray City Writer’s Workshop, PCI Webinars, Utah Housing Coalition, Midvale City Reading Program, Utah Office of Education, and many schools. His nonfiction/biographies, activity books, Spanish & bilingual books (with pronunciation guide), e-book mysteries and app feature diverse characters and usually end with a twist. He has lived abroad, been a Spanish/English interpreter, and he enjoys volleyball and kayaking (usually not at the same time). His work has appeared in: Barnes & Noble, Border’s Books, Deseret Book, Costco, Kindle/Amazon, Sony/Nook/Kobo/iBooks, The Children’s Miracle Network, The Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives, Papercrafts Magazine, LDS Film Festival, and various broadcasts. Find: “Karl Beckstrand – Author” on FB, Amazon, Twitter, and KarlBeckstrand.com. Get books/ebooks/app via: Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Brodart, Bn.com, EBSCO, Follett/BWI, Mackin, Overdrive, Quality Books, Premiobooks.com

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was raised in San Jose, CA. My parents were also raised in California (which, being interpreted in my mind, means "paradise" --okay, any west-coast locale is paradise!)
When did you first start writing?
As a child I hated to read and to write. Then I got the measles in the third grade. My grandmother bought me Bicycles North: A Mystery on Wheels by Rita Ritchie. I learned that books don't have to be dull. They can transport and exhilarate. In college (when I should have been doing my homework) I began to be ambushed by story ideas--more than I've had time to develop--and, well ...
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Bright Star, Night Star: An Astronomy Story
Opened at #5--then shot to #2 on the top online store's Hot New Children's Books list. Find constellations, planets, and other heavenly bodies. Set in Monument Valley, it includes online SECRETS, rich illustrations to aid vocabulary comprehension (ages 4 - 9), American Indian characters, and a little space science. Hard cover ISBN: 978-0985398880, soft: 978-0615856155, ebook: 978-1310128097, LCCN: 2013913403. JNF051040, JUV011040, JUV036000, JUV010000, JUV020000, JUV054000

Multicultural Books by PremioBooks.com
Bad Bananas: A Story Cookbook for Kids

Sounds in the House - Sonidos en la casa: A Mystery!
An English-Spanish mystery book, ebook, and app, with pronunciation guide in English and Spanish

Multicultural Kid's Books
A short video on the multicultural books by Karl Beckstrand and PremioBooks.com

Interview with Author Karl Beckstrand
Earl E. Literacy interviews author Karl Beckstrand on his multicultural and bilingual books

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Polar Bear Bowler: A Story Without Words
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Series: Activity Books for Kids. Price: $3.01 USD. Words: 470. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2014 by Karl Beckstrand. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
A polar bear finds new friends and fun at the poles. You make up the words.
Horse & Dog Adventures in Early California: Short Stories & Poems
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Price: $3.35 USD. Words: 8,210. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2013 by Karl Beckstrand. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Nature
Animal, nature, and outdoor stories (mostly autobiographical) set in the early 20th Century when people worked--and were sustained by--the land.

Books

Four Children's Books in Spanish (box set with pronunciation guide in English)
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Pre-release—available December 22, 2014. Price: $3.65 USD. Words: 690. Language: Spanish. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Words
Includes: Migas en las escaleras: Un Misterio, Ella no quiere los Gusanos, Ruidos en la casa: Un misterio, y Arriba, abajo en la playa –each with a counting or finding activity and pronunciation guide. Misterios y actividades divertidos para toda la familia.
Four Spanish-English Children's Books (box set with pronunciation guide)
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Price: $3.65 USD. Words: 930. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » Spanish
Bilingual books in Spanish & English with pronunciation guide and activities in both languages
Ma MacDonald Flees the Farm: It's Not a Pretty Picture ... Book
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Series: Activity Books for Kids · Food Books for Children. Price: $3.01 USD. Words: 470. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Nursery Rhymes
When animals ruin Mrs. MacDonald’s catering business, Ma takes action--you can too with finding activities for ages 3 - 8.
Polar Bear Bowler: A Story Without Words
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Series: Activity Books for Kids. Price: $3.01 USD. Words: 470. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2014 by Karl Beckstrand. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
A polar bear finds new friends and fun at the poles. You make up the words.
Bright Star, Night Star: An Astronomy Story
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Series: Activity Books for Kids. Price: $3.11 USD. Words: 590. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Astronomy
A picture book about the night sky--activities include finding constellations, planets, the moon, sun, and other heavenly bodies. Expose your child to the starry skies (and a little space science for ages 4-9).
Why Juan Can't Sleep: A Mystery?
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Series: Mini-mysteries for Minors, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 440. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Activity Books
Crazy day—of work and play—worn-out Juan “Must sleep!” A bedtime mystery--with finding activities and hilarious illustrations by Luis Sanz that aid comprehension and help build vocabulary (ages 4 - 10). Young and old will identify with this funny, spooky quest for rest.
Arriba, abajo en la playa
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Series: Bilingual Spanish Children's Books. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 590. Language: Spanish. Published: December 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Opposites
Includes Spanish pronunciation guide in English. Arriba, abajo es un libro de comparaciones en la playa (para niños de 2 – 7 años). Spanish activity book of contrasts and opposites for ages 2 - 7 years.
Ups & Downs at the Boardwalk
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 420. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Activity Books
An activity book of contrasts and opposites, Ups & Downs includes finding and counting activities and vivid illustrations that aid comprehension and help build vocabulary (ages 2 - 8).
Arriba Up, Abajo Down at the Boardwalk
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Series: Bilingual Spanish Children's Books, Book 4 · Activity Books for Kids. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 660. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Opposites
An activity book of contrasts and opposites in both Spanish and English--with text and pronunciation guide in both languages. Arriba Up includes finding and counting activities and vivid illustrations for language comprehension (2 years & up).
It Ain't Flat: A Memorizable Book of Countries
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Price: Free! Words: 590. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Games and puzzles
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It Ain't Flat is a fun list of countries meant to be read aloud to facilitate easy memorization (or just entertaining reading).
She Doesn't Want the Worms! A Mystery - with online secrets
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Series: Mini-mysteries for Minors · Food Books for Children. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 530. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Insects
Top ten "Best Books" of 2011 - ForeWord Reviews. An activity book about a girl who responds to some unusual animal gifts—that happen to be alive—She Doesn’t Want the Worms has finding & counting activities, online secrets and vivid illustrations of insects, reptiles, a cat and a bat for vocabulary development (ages 2 – 8)
Crumbs on the Stairs: A Mystery
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Series: Mini-mysteries for Minors. Price: $2.35 USD. Words: 420. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Activity Books
WHERE did all the crumbs come from? WHY are there crumbs on the stairs? WHO is dropping crumbs everywhere?! An picture book with finding and counting activities--laughs, learning and family fun!
Sounds in the House! A Mystery
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Series: Mini-mysteries for Minors. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 510. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Sounds
A funny bedtime story on fear, courage and friendship. Have you ever been scared by strange noises—sounds that seem to happen all by themselves? What could be causing those squeaks and bumps? Laughs, learning & family fun!
Bad Bananas: A Story Cookbook for Kids
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Series: Activity Books for Kids · Food Books for Children. Price: $2.85 USD. Words: 910. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Interactive Adventures
"Bizarrely Funny!" - Horn Book blog. A wisecracking picture book on the short (shelf) life of a bunch of bruisers--with 7 yummy recipes to save families from "I'm bored" disease (muffins, smoothies, cookies, pancakes). While banana characters try crazy stunts and start turf wars, this cautionary cookbook offers easy hands-on activities for family fun (ages 4–12)
Ella no quiere los gusanos: Un misterio
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Series: Bilingual Spanish Children's Books · Spanish Children's Books, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 620. Language: Spanish. Published: November 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Includes Spanish pronunciation guide in English Top 10 "Mejor Libros" de 2011 - ForeWord Reviews. ¿Quién regala gusanos — y POR QUÉ? En este misterio divertido por Karl Beckstrand toda la familia se va a reír aprendiendo a contar, y sobre el valor de compartir. Para cualquier edad (2 – 8 años), incluye actividades de búsqueda, una protagonista mulatta y dibujos.
Ruidos en la casa: Un misterio
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Series: Bilingual Spanish Children's Books · Spanish Children's Books, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 600. Language: Spanish. Published: October 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Sounds
Includes Spanish pronunciation guide in English Otro misterio divertido por Karl Beckstrand; toda la familia va a reírse aprendiendo sobre el temor, el valor y la amistad.
Migas en las escaleras: Un misterio
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Series: Bilingual Spanish Children's Books · Spanish Children's Books, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 630. Language: Spanish. Published: October 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Includes Spanish pronunciation guide in English ¿De dónde vienen estas migas? ¿Quién está dejando migas en todas partes?! Otro misterio divertido por Karl Beckstrand. Toda la familia va a reírse aprendiendo a contar, y sobre el valor de compartir.
She Doesn't Want the Worms! Ella no quiere los gusanos: A Mystery
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Series: Bilingual Spanish Children's Books, Book 3 · Mini-mysteries for Minors, Book 3 · Spanish Children's Books · Activity Books for Kids. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 770. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Top 10 "Best Books" of 2011 by ForeWord Reviews. An activity book about a girl who responds to some unusual animal gifts—that happen to be alive—She Doesn’t Want the Worms has text and a pronunciation guide in both English and Spanish. It includes finding and counting activities plus vivid illustrations of insects, reptiles, a cat and a bat for language comprehension (ages 3 years & up. SEE SECRE
Sounds in the House! Sonidos en la casa: A Mystery
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Series: Bilingual Spanish Children's Books, Book 1 · Mini-mysteries for Minors, Book 1 · Spanish Children's Books. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 840. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Ever been scared by strange noises--sounds that seem to happen all by themselves? What could be causing those squeaks and bumps? Finally, a book that shows the causes of those creaks and thuds that scare young and old on dark nights; a funny bedtime story about fear, courage and friendship. Bilingual with Spanish-English pronunciation guide
Crumbs on the Stairs - Migas en las escaleras: A Mystery in English & Spanish
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Series: Bilingual Spanish Children's Books, Book 2 · Mini-mysteries for Minors, Book 2 · Spanish Children's Books · Activity Books for Kids · Food Books for Children. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 660. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » Spanish
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An activity picture book with full text and pronunciation guide in both English & Spanish, Crumbs on the Stairs has counting and finding activities, simple words for early readers, and vivid illustrations to aid language learning at any age (2 years & up).

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