Sunday, December 18, 2011

Billy D. Page: Author of Books for Kids Series

Lessons from Scouting, History Solve Modern Problems in New Kids’ Book Series

The simpler days of times past in small town America might be gone, but a new series of children’s fiction books from a noted educator who infuses his stories with history, science and language development is reviving the important lessons of honesty, hard work and compassion for a new generation.

Billy D. Page ( – a PhD whose career in education spans elementary school teaching to college dean, public school leader to Boy and Cub Scout master – has fused a lifetime of learning about the struggles of growing up into a compelling new series that brings to life the trials and tribulations of small town life with the adventures of curious, capable young people. Set in Page’s hometown of Marion, Iowa, the two-book series, titled Horse Thief Cave and Boy Scouts, Bullies & Indian Creek, finds its protagonists grappling with modern problems, but turning to the lessons of history and their own skills developed in scouting to set things right.

“Life for kids can be complicated, and those of us lucky to have grown up in a simpler time - when the line between right and wrong was a lot clearer - have an obligation to share our wisdom in ways that will engage and inspire a new generation,” Page said.

“The great stories found in our history books, our small town museums and passed down from generation to generation in great organizations like the Boy Scouts have lessons which still ring true. This is my way of bringing those stories to children everywhere.”

The twin entries in the “It Happened in Marion Series” are Horse Thief Cave and Boy Scouts, Bullies & Indian Creek. Both books tell the tales of middle and high school boys whose lives take difficult turns and are further complicated by family challenges and dishonest and criminal forces in their town that threaten to tear apart its fabric. Using the time-honored skill and character building programs of Scouting, the boys’ adventures lead them to find solutions to their problems.

Each novel is also infused with appropriate, challenging vocabulary for children ages nine to 12 and a glossary that will help young readers build their abilities.

“Children are hungry for guidance in their everyday lives and I’m thrilled to be able to bring all my experience as an educator, a scout master, a father, grandfather and great-grandfather to them through these books,” Page said.

“The greatest gifts we can provide our children are our wisdom and our sense of adventure for life. These stories are written to inspire and empower them to be independent and assured young people.”

About Billy D. Page

A native of Iowa and graduate of University of Northern Iowa, Michigan State University and St. Louis University, Billy D. Page has dedicated his life’s work to education and children. He has taught at all levels of public education, from elementary school to college, and is a former school superintendent and dean of students at a Michigan community college. A longtime member of the Boy Scouts of America, he has been a dedicated Scoutmaster and Sunday school teacher. He lives in Michigan, where he and his wife, Loyce, preside over a family of three children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and celebrate the Page family’s combined 181 years of marriage.

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