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Is It Time Yet?

Turtle Monkey is so anxious to meet everyone today, she can barely constrain herself.

Visit Turtle Monkey and her creator, Jo Fontana, at

Park Hill Library 3-5

4705 Montview Blvd. Denver, CO 80207

Win your very own Turtle Monkey!

Turtle Monkey and the Big Move, $12.95

Illustrations by Corbin Hillam.

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Cursive is Alive?

Once all but left for dead, is cursive handwriting making a comeback? – The Washington Post

I have spent hours combing through fonts to find something for children.  I was first alerted that cursive was no longer taught when I sent a handwritten note to a 10-year-old.

Finding the right fonts that do no require cursive skills has been difficult.

I was quite stunned.

Now I’m quite hopeful.

I’m reblogging this article from the Washingon Post. An absolute must for writers of children’s lit.


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Ain’t Nate Great!

Nate, a 4th grader in West Texas, tells his story about life in Sportsville, USA.  The story will ring true to those of you in big football/baseball/basketball states.

Appropriate for all children, 4-10 and any adult who likes sports stories!

LT Garvin writes with a sly humor that will even make the most stoic adult laugh.

And of course, Corbin Hillam’s illustrations accurately portray those “sports moments.”

Adventures of a 4th Grade Athlete by LT Garvin, available soon.

Follow LT Garvin on Facebook.


Big Launch for Big Move

Jo Fontana will entertain your children with the hilarious saga of Turtle Monkey.  appropriate for children 4-8.  Each book contains discussion questions, a maze, and a Word Search game.

If you have just moved or are getting ready to go back to school, watch h0w Turtle Monkey  wrestles with the same problems.

Join us Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 3-5pm at the Park Hill Library located at 4705 Montview Blvd. Denver, CO 80207.

The event is free.  Children can enter their names to win their very own Turtle Monkey.

Coloring pages will be available to all children.

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A Dog and His Boy

“This is my boy, Ham. His real name is Hamlet.  (His parents are big fans of a guy named William Shakespeare.)  Everyone calls him Ham for short…I love Ham more than anyone else.  I’ve know Ham as long as I can remember…We do everything together.  We are best friends.”

You’ve probaby heard of ham and eggs, but Eggs with Ham is not something you eat.  Instead of eating, you are digesting the relationship a dog has with his human.

Hillam has crafted a poignant story from the point of view of the dog.  The relationship is touching and quite humorous.

Written and ilustrated by Corbin Hillam.  Coming soon from Crystal Publishing.

Writing, young writers

About Us

Crystal Publishing is a small publishing company in Ft. Collins, Co.  We designed the company based on the underlying premise that authors do not get paid what they’re worth.  @crystalpubs2014 Continue reading “About Us”

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Kathryn is at it again!

Kathryn Scott Landy has a great interest in animal welfare.  Her dogs were her babies.

Join us in celebrating Kathryn’s 101th birthday.  In honor of that, Crystal Publishing will soon release her Cat Tales.  Proceeds from that book will go to the Sheridan Second Chance Cat Rescue.  Please help us support our furry friends.

Kathryn may be blind, but she will autograph your book!

Copies of Sparkles are also still available.  Proceeds from that sale go to the Big Bones Canine Rescue in Windsor, Co.