Verla Kay, Children's Author


Changing the world - One book at a time

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About


Verla Kay, author of beautiful, poetic, historical picture books for young children, is renowned for helping other writers and illustrators on their journey to publication.

She loves many things - including reading, writing, travel, cooking, sewing, scrapbooking, gardening, puzzles of all kinds and playing games (board, cards and video).  

Verla gives dynamic talks and workshops to adults and children and has a fervent desire to make history (and learning) fun for children through books.
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Books


Tattered Sails

Historical fiction

A family sails from London to Boston in the 1600's

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Hornbooks & Inkwells

Historical fiction

Two brothers learn to read and write in a 1600's one-room schoolhouse

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Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails

Historical fiction

A family moves west in a covered wagon

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Gold Fever

Historical fiction

Jasper rushes out west to make his fortune in the gold fields of California

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Homespun Sarah

Historical fiction

A little girl gets a homemade dress in colonial America

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Broken Feather

Historical fiction

A Nez Perce indian boy is forced to live on a reservation

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Iron Horses

Non fiction

The building of the transcontinental railroad

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Whatever Happened to the Pony Express?

Historical fiction

The rise and fall of the Pony Express

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Civil War Drummer Boy

Historical fiction

A drummer boy joins the Civil War

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Rough, Tough Charley

Non fiction

A stagecoach driver from the 1850's surprises everyone

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Orphan Train

Historical fiction

Orphaned children move west on a train to find new families

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About Verla Kay's Critiques


Verla Kay started her writing career by taking both the basic and advanced courses from the Institute of Children's Literature and eventually went on to become an instructor for the Institute, where she taught a multitude of other writers to write well for children. She is a competent and accomplished teacher of children's literature.

Verla has a critique service available to anyone wanting to have a picture book manuscript critiqued. When you pay for a critique by Verla, you will get personalized feedback on your story, giving you assistance in the areas where your story could use some help.

Appropriateness of content and language for picture book aged children, tightness of the story (no extra words), visual capabilities (necessary if an artist is to be able to fully illustrate the story), rhythm and/or rhymes (where appropriate to the story), pacing, a good beginning and satisfying ending, and making words "sing" in the story are some of the things Verla looks for in stories that she critiques.

All stories will not need comments in all areas, some will need more revisions than others, but Verla is fully engaged with every writer's story and does her best to give positive, helpful critiques that will assist writers to achieve stories as close to publishable quality as possible.

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About Verla Kay's Critiques

Purchase A Critique


$75

Picture Book Critique up to 300 Words

$100

Picture Book Critique 301 to 500 Words

$125

Picture Book Critique 501 to 750 Words

$150

Picture Book Critique 751 to 1000 Words

$225

Picture Book Critique 1001 to 1500 Words

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  • Rockford, Washington, United States