Colleen Rowan Kosinkski
Cherry Hill, NJ
Colleen Rowan Kosinki’s lyrical style and whimsical artwork brings this story of love to life. Not only will Lilla’s Sunflowers resonate with military families but with any child missing a loved one. This is a wonderful gift for holidays celebrating our country’s military heroes as well a quiet story for bedtime read-alouds. For kids aged 3 to 6, this is a must-have for military families or for families where one of parent does a lot of traveling and is away from the home for extended periods of time. It also serves as a charming story about sharing what you have and the benefits that can reap. Colleen Rowan Kosinski has always found joy in creating. She received her B.A. from Rutgers University in visual art, and is an alumna of Moore College of Art. She rediscovered her passion for writing after many years as a successful, freelance fine artist. When she discovered children’s book writing she knew she had found her passion. She’s written middle grade novels, young adult novels, and picture books. Colleen belongs to the SCBWI critique group and is active in her local chapter. You can contact her at Colleen AT myartsite.com. As a lover of nature and animals, in the spring you can usually find her nursing a sick rabbit or robin back to health. Colleen resides in Cherry Hill, NJ with her husband, three sons, doberman pinscher, rottweiler, and miniature dachshund.
About "Lilla's Sunflowers"
Lilla and Papa enjoy spending magical times in Lilla’s sunflower patch. Before Papa leaves for a trip that will take him far away from home for a long time, Lilla gives him a sunflower seed. “To remember me, Papa,” Lilla whispers. Seasons pass and Lilla’s mood falls like autumn leaves. Finally, news comes that her papa is coming home! The following summer, to her surprise, she receives letters from families with photos of their loved ones pictured with sunflowers. She learns that her gift to her father brightened the dark days for many people, and that her one small seed continued spreading sunshine across the country.