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Cozy Winter Reads by Arkansas Authors


Winter is here. Our fireplaces are roasting, hot cider is brewing, and you might already have a blanket on your lap.

With a couple of early rounds of snow in November in northwest Arkansas, we are already in the mood to hide away in a quiet, cozy cabin snuggled up with a book, and a few Arkansas authors might just have the perfect cozy winter read. So, forget your to-do list; it’s time to get lost in a new adventure.

Photo used with permission from Arkansas author Talya Tate Boerner

Fiction books by Arkansas authors

  • Bernice Runs Away | Talya Tate Boerner – a spunky and rebellious 80-year-old woman leaves home in the rearview mirror to chase her adventure
  • Poison Parcheesi and Wine | Jane Elzey – another wasband is named, and four best friends find themselves deeply entangled in solving the mystery
  • Arly Hanks mysteries series | Joan Hess – follows the story of a big city Sheriff who relocates to a smaller Northwest Arkansas town
  • 1971 | Matt McGowen – a grieving widow, an abandoned son, an open-ended story and a curious sheriff.
  • The League for the Suppression of Celery | Wendy Russ – tag along with Kate and her cross-country road trip to a new job in California
  • Tattered Glory series | Nancy Dane – Heartbreaking tales of endurance and perseverance along the background of the Civil War
  • FBI Yellowstone Adventure Series | Rhona Weaver – an FBI rookie agent solves a big riddle only to find a pile of bones belonging to a missing geologist with Russian roots.
  • Watershed | Mark Barr – the construction of a hydroelectric dam changes everything for this rural Tennessee town
  • Just Between You and Me | Jenny B. Jones – stepping off the edge sometimes means facing your past
  • When the Ice Melts | Ashlyn MaKayla Ohm – an inspirational story of second chances
  • The President’s Daughter | John Grisham and Bill Clinton – a dreamed nightmare unfolds in real life

Photo used with permission from Talya Tate Boerner.

Nonfiction books by Arkansas authors

Photo used with permission from author Kristen Gray.

Young Adult books by Arkansas authors

  • The Amelia Six Series | Kristen Gray – five girls spend the night at Amelia Earhart’s childhood home
  • Books Make Brains Taste Bad | Eli Cranor – how can Dash save his classmates from the Zombie teachers?
  • Quantum Academy Series | Karen Akins – someone is attacking time travelers, and Bree is paying close attention
  • A Katie Parker Production | Jenny B. Jones – Katie’s punishment reveals secrets and brings freedom
  • Bianca Series | Meg Dendler – a wild fairy tale with a princess and a dragon
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society | Trenton Lee Stewart – chase down a secret mission for the most intelligent and resourceful children
  • Baby Super Shoes | Princess Johnson – an adventurous little brother teaches us much about finding our awesome
  • Freedom Rising | SL West – as her 18th birthday approaches, Samantha has to face her next step in The Life Program. But a forgotten journal reveals a family secret.

Photo used with permission from Be the Bird authors.

Children’s books by Arkansas authors

  • Be the Bird | Tina Louise – with wildly beautiful illustrations, the bird shares a story of being created unique and special as individuals. Don’t miss the coloring pages that coincide with the stories.
  • The Oinkest Oink | Lanea Brumfield – farm friends try to help their friend rebuild his confidence
  • Jake the Deer-Hearted | Deborah Kuster – a hopeful story of friendship
  • Velvet Noses | Alda Ellis – love, differences, and wisdom through a tale of three horse friends
  • Pride & Prejudice & Math | Misti Kenison – using the characters of Jane Austen, toddlers explore learning concepts

Photo used with permission from author Eli Cranor.

If you are still looking for more gift ideas or are headed to a tropical location this winter, check out some of these other Arkansas authors.


Cover photo used with permission from Arkansas Parks, Heritage and Tourism.

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Keisha (Pittman) McKinney lives in Northwest Arkansas with her chicken man and break-dancing son. Keisha is passionate about connecting people and building community, seeking solutions to the everyday big and small things, and encouraging others through the mundane, hard, and typical that life often brings. She put her communications background to work as a former Non-profit Executive Director, college recruiter and fundraiser, small business trainer, and Digital Media Director at a large church in Northwest Arkansas. Now, she is using those experiences through McKinney Media Solutions and her blog @bigpittstop, which includes daily adventures, cooking escapades, #bigsisterchats, the social justice cases on her heart, and all that she is learning as a #boymom! Keisha loves to feed birds, read the stack on her nightstand, do dollar store crafts, cook recipes from her Pinterest boards, and chase everyday adventures on her Arkansas bucket list.

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