The Legend of the Fairy Stones Named ‘Outstanding Book’ by the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association

The Legend of the Fairy Stones, a rhyming picture book by Baltimore-based author Kelly Anne White, has won a 2020 Excellence-in-Craft Award for Outstanding Book from the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association, a coalition of artists who inform on the outdoors through various media. In originally authored lyrical verse, The Legend of the Fairy Stones retells a woodland tale of fairy tears turning to cross-shaped stones—real-life staurolite crystals. The ages-old lore has been passed along through oral tradition in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where staurolite stones are abundant. To illustrate the book’s interior pages, White curated nearly 200 public domain images—photographs, paintings, illustrations—for digital collage. The book won a Purple Dragonfly Award for Best Interior Design in 2019 from Story Monsters LLC, a literary resource for teachers and librarians.

A top-level publishing professional, Kelly Anne White is also the author of The Bible Adventure Book of Scavenger Hunts, which recently received a Readers’ Favorite five-star award. White has edited hundreds of books in nearly every genre for HarperCollins, Kirkus Editorial, Guideposts Books, Callisto Media, and others. Prior to her ventures into book publishing, White was longtime Executive Editor of nationally distributed Girls’ Life magazine. White lives primarily in Baltimore City, and she resides part-time on Chincoteague Bay in Virginia, where she is actively involved in the Chincoteague Storytelling Guild. White regularly conducts presentations and workshops at book festivals, library conferences, and other events, including a live online reading for the upcoming Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival in June 2020. White is represented by literary agency Legacy Management.

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