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Behind the scenes of a mother & daughter's humorous journey in creating new characters, writing, illustrating,
& self publishing a children's book.

December 6, 2018

In this era of selfies, things are becoming alarming. When I saw a photo of a smiling selfie taken at Auschwitz, maybe the stats are right: According to a recent study, we are witnessing a 40 % reduction of empathy in our youth. It’s not surprising. A sense of entitlement fostered by the immen...

September 25, 2018

I woke up with what seemed to be a million to-do’s bouncing in my head. But where to start? It’s in moments like these, that I often ask God for direction. I’m always in awe of His humor.

As I made my bed that morning, something caught the corner of my eye: a ladybug crawling across the blue sa...

August 28, 2018

 How Three Mass Market Characters Introduce Classical Music, Ballet & Kindness to Children Across the World


“ That children can make beautiful music is less significant than the fact that music can make beautiful children” Cheryl Lavend...

July 21, 2018

By the time I entered the picture, the work was done. At least on the outside. 

From my mother Lynn's training as an American Greetings artist, she knew how to design a girl character for maximum appeal:  big eyes, primary colors, long curls, pink cheeks, freckles, and of course,...

Looking back, I'm not sure the exact moment we realized that our magical characters, The Birthday Triplets, have the potential to become powerful advocates for ballet.

With the scuttling of the arts in many of our schools, fewer and fewer children will be familiar with music...

Question: Who on Earth is Granny Rosie?

Answer: The adopted grandmother of the Birthday Triplets 

Here's how it all began...

In her Amazing Magnificent Magical Adventure Factory, Granny Rosie sits alone on her birthday. When she decides to create a Birthday Party Adventure for herself, everythin...

April 19, 2017

My teaching career started the day I spilled red wine on the woman in the white suit.

I spent four years in college only to move from NYC back to Cleveland not knowing (quite yet) what I wanted to do with my life. And so I became a waitress. I’m not sure how I landed a job in the most...

March 23, 2017

Riding the New York City Subway at rush hour was, as my late aunt would often quip in her Irish brogue, “no cup of tea.” It was my second year living in the city, and by then I knew the ropes for raiding the rails:

1. Pray for a seat but realize God may be busy that day.

2. Do not make eye cont...

March 15, 2017

I think it started in second grade. I wished only to sink deeper into my oversized paint smock as I watched my exuberant classmates splash rainbow colors on their papers. They were having the time of their life. I was beyond horrified. The creator of all this "fun" was a visiting parent teachi...

The only thing I remember about that day is that my feet hurt. I was on my way to my appointment with my licensing agent, and I couldn't find a cab. So I walked. Never walk New York City in pointy, too short, too tight shoes. Never EVER.

I met my agent the previous day at the Licensing Sho...

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Author, Kelly Tooman with illustrator,

Lynn Tooman-Cser

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