Karl Beckstrand

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Karl Beckstrand is a nine-time published author with 17 titles online. Raised in San Jose, California, USA, he received a B.A. in journalism from BYU and an M.A. in international relations from APU. Since 1993 he has produced captivating stories, ads, and scripts. An engaging presenter and consultant, Beckstrand has experience in high tech, TV/radio broadcasting, film, and public policy. He has lived abroad, been a Spanish/English interpreter, and he enjoys volleyball and kayaking (usually not at the same time). Beckstrand's activity books, Spanish & bilingual books, ebook mysteries, and nonfiction stories feature minority characters and have been lauded by national reviews such as the Horn Book blog, School Library Journal, and ForeWord Reviews (see Premiobooks.com/press). His work has appeared in: Border's Books, Barnes & Noble, Costco, Deseret Book, Children's Miracle Network, The Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives, Papercrafts Magazine and various broadcasts; available via: Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Brodart, Follett Library Resources/BWI, Amazon, iTunes, Nook, and Premiobooks. (Search: "Karl Beckstrand - Author" on FB & Amazon).

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Horse & Dog Adventures in Early California: Short Stories & Poems
By Ransom Wilcox
Price: $3.65 USD. Words: 8,210. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2013 by Karl Beckstrand. Category: Nonfiction
Animal, nature, and outdoor stories (mostly autobiographical) set in the early 20th Century when people worked--and were sustained by--the land.

Books

Bright Star, Night Star: An Astronomy Story
By Karl Beckstrand
Price: $3.15 USD. Words: 590. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2014. Category: Nonfiction
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?
By Karl Beckstrand
Series: Mini-mysteries for Minors, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 440. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2012. Category: Fiction
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
By Karl Beckstrand
Series: Spanish Children's Books. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 590. Language: Spanish. Published: December 4, 2012. Category: Fiction
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
By Karl Beckstrand
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 420. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2012. Category: Fiction
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
By Karl Beckstrand
Series: Spanish Children's Books, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 670. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2012. Category: Fiction
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
By Karl Beckstrand
Price: Free! Words: 590. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
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
By Karl Beckstrand
Series: Mini-mysteries for Minors. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 530. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
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
By Karl Beckstrand
Series: Mini-mysteries for Minors. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 420. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2011. Category: Fiction
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
By Karl Beckstrand
Series: Mini-mysteries for Minors. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 510. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
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
By Karl Beckstrand
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 910. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
"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
By Karl Beckstrand
Series: Spanish Children's Books · Misterios para los menores, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 620. Language: Spanish. Published: November 1, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
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
By Karl Beckstrand
Series: Spanish Children's Books · Misterios para los menores, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 600. Language: Spanish. Published: October 25, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
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
By Karl Beckstrand
Series: Spanish Children's Books · Misterios para los menores, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 630. Language: Spanish. Published: October 25, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
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
By Karl Beckstrand
Series: Spanish Children's Books, Book 3 · Mini-mysteries for Minors, Book 3 · Misterios para los menores. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 770. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
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
By Karl Beckstrand
Series: Spanish Children's Books, Book 1 · Mini-mysteries for Minors, Book 1 · Misterios para los menores. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 840. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
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
By Karl Beckstrand
Series: Spanish Children's Books, Book 2 · Mini-mysteries for Minors, Book 2 · Misterios para los menores. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 660. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
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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