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Children's Book Author Spotlight - Kristin Joy Davis

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

Books develop and nourish kids’ imaginations, expanding their worlds. Picture books introduce young children to the world of art and literature. Novels and nonfiction books stimulate kids’ sensory awareness, helping kids to see, hear, taste, feel, and smell on an imagined level. Books inform our imaginations, inspiring creativity.

This Children's Book Author Spotlight Series will showcase independent children's book authors and their works. We strive to bring you the best there is to offer and an insight into the world of children's books!


This week we are featuring author Kristin Joy Davis.

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to write your first book.

I used to teach elementary aged kids. While I was teaching, I loved reading picture books to my class. I would look for all kinds of stories to read to them. Ones that were funny, ones that rhymed, stories that taught a skill. When I wanted to teach my class about things like using our breath to calm ourselves or being kind, I would look for a story to help explain the idea. So when I began learning how the words I was using and the words I was thinking had an impact on how I felt, I wanted a story to explain the idea. A friend encouraged me to write the book myself, so I did.

What inspired the idea for your book?

I met someone who talked about the power of our words. He would say how words are magic and they create our reality. The word Abracadabra means with my word, I create. This idea is what inspired Abracadabra I Know What to Do!

What part of the book was the most fun to write?

I loved the part where Tiama, the dragon, appears and teaches Olive how to use her words differently and see the world in a new light. Also, the illustration process was my favorite in making the book. I looked forward to each time I was sent new pictures.

How long did it take you to write this book?

It took me about 2 1/2 years to write the book from when I first had the idea until it was illustrated and published.

Has writing and publishing a book changed the way you see yourself?

Writing and publishing has changed the way I see myself. I now know that I write and publish a story on my own. Which has opened the door to creating even more stories.

Who has been the biggest supporter of your writing?

My illustrator's daughter has been the biggest supporter of my writing. While working on Abracadabra I Know What to Do, she called me up and asked me to come read the book at her school. Of course, I said yes.

What books did you grow up reading?

Growing up, I read a lot of different books. My sister took me to the library at an early age and would show me all the different sections to find books. She introduced me to stories from all over the world as well as biographies. I also enjoyed the Babysitter's Club and Nancy Drew books. Mysteries were my favorite.

Would you share something about yourself that your readers don’t know (yet)?

I enjoy paddle boarding in the summer. I love hanging out in and around water, and paddle boards allow me to explore while also enjoying a swim.

Where can our readers find you? (Website, Social Media, etc)

You can also find and follow me on Facebook: and Instagram:


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