Thursday, May 22, 2014

Children's Book Spotlight ~ "Discover America: From Sea to Shining Sea"

Follow the patriotic journey of a little red balloon as it makes its way from the West Coast to the East Coast of the United States.
Accompanied by the words of one of America’s most beloved anthemsAmerica the BeautifulFrom Sea to Shining Sea shows the diversity and beauty of our great country through the eyes of our nation’s children. To add an interactive experience, kids all across the United States will be able to go online to send their own balloons on their own journey.

About the Authors:

Julie Olson was born in the East, grew up in the Midwest, and now lives in the West. She developed a deep love for all parts of America as she lived in and traveled through various places. Since graduating with a BFA degree in illustration from Brigham Young University, she strives through her work to uplift and encourage others to be better.
You can learn more about Julie and her other creations by visiting
Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929) taught English at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Her most famous poem, “America the Beautiful,” was inspired by the view from Pike’s Peak, near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Published in 1893, it became the lyrics to the well-known anthem shortly thereafter.


  1. I watched her illustrate this on youtube and it was amazing. This is a fun book, and the website is fun as well :)

  2. I love the pictures in this book, they are so much fun!


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