MAGGIE DISCOVERS THE RAINBOW will empower young people to reach out of their comfort zones and try something new.  In this story a cautious girl’s shiny new rain boots inspire her to explore the possibilities of a gray afternoon. When she finds the courage to seize the moment she is rewarded with a magical adventure through all the colors of a rainbow and the emotions they evoke from safe, comfortable purple to fierce, brave red. Children will love following Maggie as she dances, drifts, and delights in a magical world of color.


Kara Navolio is a children’s book author and freelance writer.  Her first picture book, Everybody Can Dance!, celebrates the joy of dance with a message of inclusion. Her second book, Maggie Discovers the Rainbow, is a magical adventure exploring how color can make us feel and encouraging children to try new things. When she isn’t writing for children, Kara tells stories of real-life heroes, artists and authors for local newspapers.  Kara also volunteers her time as a docent at The Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA where she takes school children on tours and teaches art in local schools. She loves to read, travel, take photographs, paint, hike, dance, cook, and spend time with her family, especially her now grown up kids. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and every day makes it a goal to learn something new.  


The illustrator, Tracie Timmer, grew up in Concord. She is an enthusiast of all things whimsical and silly and has been drawing cute, fuzzy animals and ethereal mermaids since before she can remember. She is a graduate of the Academy of Art MFA program and illustrates in addition to her full time job at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. This is her second book for children.

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