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Colleen Rowan Kosinski


“Lilla’s Sunflowers” and “A Promise Stitched in Time”


Cherry Hill, NJ

“Lilla’s Sunflowers” — Colleen Rowan Kosinski’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.

“A Promise Stitched in Time” — Promises can be hard to keep, but Maggie McConnell is determined to keep the promise she made to her father before he died. She must win a scholarship to a prestigious art program, but her grief gets in the way as she struggles to find her artistic vision.

When Maggie purchases an old tweed coat as inspiration, she never guesses this fur-collared coat will forever change the way she views life and her place in it. The coat awakens her muse, but also awakens something else: Maggie believes its previous owner haunts the coat.

Dreams and visions give way to clues from the past, and then a Holocaust victim’s tattoo appears on her arm. With the help of a steampunk-dressing school outcast named Taj, Maggie must decipher what the ghost wants her to discover, and in the process find herself.


Colleen Rowan Kosinski received her BA from Rutgers University and is an alumna of Moore College of Art. She rediscovered her passion for writing after working for many years as a freelance fine artist. To date Colleen has sold three picture books: Lilla’s Sunflowers (Sky Pony, 2016; A Home Again (Two Lions, 2020); and Love Made Me More (Two Lions, 2021). She also penned a middle grade novel: A Promise Stitched In Time (Schiffer, 2018.) A seeker of the unknown, Colleen has explored haunted houses, visited mediums, and even spent time with a voodoo priestess in New Orleans. Colleen is best known for writing heartfelt stories. She lives in Cherry Hill, NJ with her husband and canine office assistant, Sage—and no ghosts, as far as she knows.

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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.