Authors Team Up in Creative Way

 Elephant Hips Are Expensive: Based on True Events
Authored by Marilyn A. Hudson, Illustrated by Molly Lemmons
List Price: $12.50
5.5" x 8.5" (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
60 pages
Whorl Books
ISBN-13: 978-0692300466 (Custom)
ISBN-10: 0692300465
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Historical / United States / 20th Century
To order print version: https://www.createspace.com/3851893
Now available in Kindle.
In 1949, children across Oklahoma raced to see who could donate the most money to bring a new elephant to the Lincoln Park Zoo. Nine-year-old David, seven-year-old sister Molly and their friends are determined to help make it happen despite a troublesome bully. Story inspired by a real Oklahoma event.
Bonus extras includes activities in writing, art, research and play to make it useful for a wide range of children.  Also, included are coloring sheets for each of the characters, 


Unexpected Errors

Oklahoma authors Hudson and Lemmons teamed up to reissue a popular title, first appearing in 2005.  The story is one popular with people of all ages since so many children participated in the original event and can't wait to share memories with children and grandchildren. In addition, elephants are one of the most popular animals in any animal sanctuary or zoological program. There is an almost instant kinship with the marvelous animals that keeps people coming back.
Readers had good things to say about the story:
"An inspiring read." Megan Miles Alba, Educator
"A Must have for any library collection on Oklahoma."  Rosemary Czarski, Librarian
"A fun read for all ages." Bonnie Smith, Educator
Lemmons added the whimsical illustrations with delight because she was one of those plucky "Judy's Kids" who raised money for Judy the elephant!  The authors hope to build a program around the events and visit libraries and schools in the state in 2015.

Whorl Books will make the work available in early fall of 2014.


New Novel Coming Soon

Norman author Marilyn A. Hudson announces the soon to be published novel "Foul Harvest."  A serial killer and a girl from the streets are on a collision course.  What happens when a killer who has lost all respect for human life confronts a girl who has nothing left to loose?  The work is due out mid-fall from Whorl Books.
"Haunting" and "Insightful" say readers.

"Scream if you must" because "no one is coming to your rescue."


Readers Spark New Trend

The book launch for STORIES CENTER STAGE: A HISTORY OF STORYTELLING IN MODERN OKLAHOMA was held at the Annual Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival held this year in Bethany on the campus of Southern Nazarene University.  The perfect venue to launch the book as storytellers and audiences flowed through Webster Commons.   A fun turn of events was the fact that people began to purchase the book and then collect autographs of the storytellers profiled in the book.  An instant collector's item!  Thanks to Chester Weems for the marvelous image above.  


New Work Surveys Storytelling in Modern Oklahoma

STORIES CENTER STAGE! Storytelling in Modern Oklahoma by Marilyn A. Hudson

5" x 8" (12.7 x 20.32 cm) 
Black & White on White paper
186 pages
Whorl Books
ISBN-13: 978-0692212813 (Custom)
ISBN-10: 0692212817
BISAC: History / Social History
A brief history of the art of storytelling in modern day Oklahoma. Scanning evidence of storytelling in schools, libraries, churches, homes and public spaces and special events from the early 20th century to short biographies of artists who served as pioneers and some of those who actively shared stories using oral storytelling art forms from 1900 to present day.

Kindle version

Print Version


A Guide to Story Time

"Off the Page!" Basics to a Story Time
Off the Page!: A Basic Guide to A Story Time.
Marilyn A. Hudson, MLIS
Perfect resources for child care providers, community event planners, parents, home schools, volunteers, teachers and public libraries planning to add story times to their programs.

This work is suitable for early childhood and pre-school programs and workers. it includes easy ways to inserting authentic learning into sharing of picture books with children or groups and in making storytime the most anticipated of events.

Author Marilyn A. Hudson has been a children's librarian in both elementary school and public libraries. In addition, she has been a college level library administrator and teacher...
List Price: $11.00
6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
92 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1497544154 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1497544157
BISAC: Education / General

New Work Illuminates Church's History

Author Marilyn A. Hudson announces the completion of her most recent project, The Windows of Wesley: A Historic and Inspirational Journey, available  via Amazon.com and other venues. 
A historic and inspirational tour of the English Gothic Sanctuary of Wesley United Methodist Church (Oklahoma City, OK). The church was established in 1910 as Wesley Methodist Episcopal, North, and the sanctuary constructed in 1928. At that time four large (approx. 16 x 20 foot)  Christ windows, numerous smaller story windows, and extensive stone and wooden ornamentation.  Hudson has brought together church writings, history, and new research to uncover some interesting artistic and community history.

A blend of church history, local history, art history and the spiritual motivation sparking the use of the windows and the impact they have had on members.  Devotional writings by church members and leaders over the years further enrich the descriptions. Black and white images with accompanying historic, artistic, and inspirational text.
Information is included about the windows, their donors, and their known artistic influences. Additionally, other aspects of artistic expression at the church are also discussed, along with a reflective spiritual guide of the sanctuary.
ISBN: 978-0615991917   / 01-0615991912
Subject areas: Stained glass windows, Oklahoma, United Methodism (History), Oklahoma City, Wesley United Methodist Church


Welcome To Marilyn A. Hudson's Author Pages

She has been called the 'genie of bizarre historical research'  and her fiction writing has been described as 'darkly poetic'...
Marilyn A. Hudson has been a library professional in public, school, and academic libraries. Listed in the 1997 Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, she was the 2002 recipient of the OLA Outstanding New Librarian Award, and member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society, Golden Key, and Phi Kappa Phi. Her general research interests are in history, especially social, religious, and church history; women’s studies; mythology, folklore and storytelling. Hudson was lead writer and editor of the book, One Night Club and A Mule Barn: The First 60 Years of Southwestern Christian University and authored, Those Pesky Verses of Paul: Examining Women in the New Testament, Elephant Hips are Expensive, The Bones of Summer, The Mound, When Death Rode the Rails, Noel Brooks, and others. She received a B.A. in History and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Oklahoma

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