Adventures Aren’t Just Found in Video Games, Says Veteran Teacher

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Elementary teacher teaches kids the fun in reading, outdoors in new book

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I want children to know that there’s a whole world of fun outside of electronics.

In a recent study of 9,000 preschoolers, less than 50 percent of children play outside on a daily basis, reports “Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine.”

Karen Leis Welsh, an elementary teacher for more than 20 years, is out to change that.

Through rhyme and bright illustration, Welsh’s debut book “Frolicking Friends” (published by AuthorHouse) teaches kids the importance of reading and getting outside to play. Following a boy who can’t wait to get outside and play with his animal friends, Welsh entertains children’s imaginations and encourages them to start their own adventures.

“I want children to know that there’s a whole world of fun outside of electronics,” says Welsh. “Too many kids sit inside playing video games all day, and they just don’t realize that they can enjoy life without them. I want to entertain kids while teaching them that adventures can be found anywhere: Outdoors, in a good book, you name it.”

“Frolicking Friends” is available through and

“Frolicking Friends” by Karen Leis Welsh
Retail price: $21.99
ISBN: 978-1-46856-422-8

About the author
Karen Leis Welsh has been teaching K-5th grade for 23 years. She received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb. and her master’s degree in educational administration from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Welsh is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Currently, she is a first-grade teacher in Houston, where she resides with her husband Jerry.

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