Readers gain life lessons, values through Slocomb author’s new children’s books

SLOCOMB, Ala. — Author Karen Crider teaches courage and boosts the self-esteem of her young readers in the nationwide release of her new children’s books: “Night of the Croakers” and “Dandy, Dandy, Dandelion.”

“Night of the Croakers” takes his little readers in Gnat Land, where Gnate Gnat had always feared the croakers. He remembered as a youth how they had attacked his family, how loved ones had perished, and how his family and friends had to flee for their lives. It had been years since they had been under attack — sweet years of living in peace and harmony in the weather-beaten barn in the meadow. But once again, Gnate’s life was invaded by the croakers’ return. Would Gnate turn wing and run? Will he make a stand? Or will he die as his kin had? And would faith, the size of a gnat, be strong enough to guide Gnate and all of Gnat Land through what was to come?

In “Dandy, Dandy, Dandelion,” sometimes it’s not fun being a dandelion — getting tromped on, snowed on and eaten alive. It’s not fun watching the dandy, dandy lion, the king of the jungle, doing all the things a dandelion would like to do — like being the most powerful, the best looking, and especially, free to travel anytime he wanted. Where is the justice? Will the dandelion ever find it? Will it ever be able to rise above all the trials and tribulations of being a dandelion? Or will something or someone help the dandelion see itself, the way God sees all his creations — special, unique and fit for the Master’s hand?

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the books are available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Crider has written most of her life. She has published short stories, poetry, memoirs, picture books and a novel called “The Birds Have Nests.” The author writes Christian humor and promotes the Wiregrass Writer’s Group in Dothan, Alabama. She lives in Slocomb, Alabama, with her husband, grandson and three dogs.

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