Kimberly Barrett Luttery’s love for fiction began at a very young age as she avidly read books and wrote her own short stories and poetry. After receiving a B.A. degree in Mass Communications from Illinois State University, she spent much of her career working with non-profit organizations that focus on families and children. But she’s always been passionate about creative writing.
Kimberly founded Azure Dusk Publishing, LLC because she wanted to share inspiring stories with children that have a positive impact on how they perceive themselves and interact with others; universal stories that appeal to all children. The colorful interactive picture books target children ages 3 - 8 years old and feature African American children as the main characters. The simplicity of the language in each is perfect for reading aloud as a classroom, bedtime, or anytime stories.
Grandpa Had a Grandpa Too and Grandma Had a Grandma Too are delightful stories that focus on helping children understand that their grandparents were once young and had grandparents of their own. These stories affirm that the simplest times we share with our little ones can create the most beloved and cherished memories.
I Am Wonderfully Made focuses on love, self-esteem, and acceptance, qualities that provide a great foundation for children as they grow up to become happy thriving adults. Building confidence starts at an early age, and this book can be used as a tool to support that. Every child is unique and has her and his own gifts, talents, and strengths. The positive images and affirmations on each page were designed to help foster confidence, and the hope is that children who read it will see that everything about them is beautiful and wonderful.
Nicole Collie Jamison’s love affair with art began at an early age with paintings of landscapes and flowers, and later, human beings. Acrylics is her favorite medium, and she constantly experiments with new ways to put color on canvas. Much of her art is inspired by her desire for people to love themselves. For Nicole, color is a language and as an artist, she is the interpreter.
Nicole received a degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and has shown her work for the last 12 years at galleries in her native Bahamas, as well as Atlanta, Los Angeles, Memphis, and more. Nicole says, Visit NicoleCollie.com to see more of her work.