A book co-authored by writer Julianne Will has tied for first place in the children’s book category of the national Catholic Press Association awards, announced May 25 at the Catholic Media Convention in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“Catholic Bible Stories for Children,” a collaborative project with author Ann Ball of Texas and illustrator Kevin Davidson of California, was published by Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Co. in 2006. It is Will’s fourth book.

In its announcement, the CPA described the book as such: “An incredibly beautiful book, not only for its illustrations but also for its language. The pages are bursting with color, and the words are warm and welcoming. The stories are very reader and storyteller friendly, making it perfect for children and/or parents/teachers alike. Appearing throughout the book – and adding a delightful ‘cameo’ touch – is a charming Christian fish character, Ichthus, who reinforces key elements of the Bible stories. Top quality in content and design, the vibrant colors, lovely illustrations and easy-to-read text make reading the stories fun for children and adults. Should be a part of every child’s library and on their reading list.”

This is Will’s second project with Ball and Davidson: She co-authored OSV’s “Catholic Encyclopedia for Children” with the pair in 2003. Will’s second book, “Catholic Children’s Prayer Book,” has spent 10 months on the national Catholic Book Publishers Association’s bestseller list since it was released in 2004. And her third project, “Stations of the Cross for Children,” also hit the bestseller list after it was released in 2005.

Will grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she worked most recently as director of publications at Canterbury School. A graduate of St. Joseph Hessen Cassel, Heritage High School and Purdue University, Will has held positions in Indiana and Colorado as a reporter, marketing and volunteer coordinator, news copy editor, book editor, presentation editor and special sections manager. She is now managing editor of parish resources in new product development for Loyola Press of Chicago.

She remains a freelance writer and editor: Publications include Fort Wayne Magazine, Fort Wayne Living, The News-Sentinel, The Journal Gazette and more.

A resume, biography and examples of Will’s writing and other work can be found at www.juliannewill.com.

Will credits her 10-year-old daughter, Mia, as the source of her insight into children’s perspectives for her books. “Catholic Bible Stories for Children” is available at www.osv.com or www.amazon.com.

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