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Linda M. Penn holds a Master’s Degree and Rank I Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisville. She taught Kindergarten through third grade for 21 years in public schools. Is Kentucky in the Sky was the first book published by Penn and Racing to Joy Press, LLC.
During her teaching career and as a mother, she learned what kinds of books children loved to read. Her goal is to write books that children will read over and over again—books that stir their imagination.
Linda’s picture books, for ages 3-6, Hunter and the Fast Car Trophy Race; No Pink Glasses; and Clayton’s Birding Adventure are written to inspire young boys as they grow from emerging readers to fluent readers. In Linda’s picture book, No More French Fries in the Bed, there is the return appearance of the main characters, Allyson and Samantha, from Is Kentucky in the Sky. A memoir from Linda is The Avenue. She has written Sunday School lessons for children thru adult age groups to accompany the book.
Linda and her cousin, Frank J. Feger, continue the Clayton adventure series in their chapter books for ages 7-11: Clayton’s River Adventure; Clayton’s River Adventure Continues: Cincinnati to Frankfort; Clayton’s River Adventure Frankfort to Boonesborough; and Clayton’s River Adventure Louisville to Paducah. Linda and Frank continue to work on more Clayton adventure series books.
Check out the sections “Books by Linda Penn” and “Resources for Learning” at Linda’s website for more information about each book and ideas to accompany her books.
Linda is now using her own life experiences with kids and her faith in God to write children’s books. Penn’s characters are modern and humorous, facing and solving real life kid problems.
Linda and her husband, Gil, live in Richmond, KY. Her daughter, Natalie, husband, Jeff, and their daughters, Ally and Samantha, live in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Her daughter, Lisa, and her husband, David, and son, Hunter, live in Richmond, KY.
Linda is available for school presentations, speaking opportunities, and conferences focusing on writing for children. Penn also does school presentations for public and private schools and home school organizations.