Dennis D. Austin Hopes to Enliven Young Minds to Mysteries of Bedtime Stories

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Author announces publication of new children’s book, ‘Curiosity the Bear and the Popcorn Party’

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Dennis D. Austin believes that bedtime stories for children should be fun, interesting, and stimulate imagination and creativity. While other books use colorful images as the primary source of stimulation, Austin uses sketches, drawings or photos to briefly introduce each story in his newly published book, “Curiosity the Bear and the Popcorn Party: And Thirty-Eight Other Bedtime Stories for Children” (published by Archway Publishing).

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“I invented (most of) these stories while I was working as a wildlife biologist and away from home for two to several days,” Austin shares. “I recorded stories at night on an old cassette tape recorder. After getting the children in bed, my wife, Ann, would often turn on the tapes and our children would go to sleep hearing my voice.”

Incorporating Austin’s knowledge of wildlife and geography, the picture book for children shares a collection of stories featuring Curiosity the Bear and other characters. The book contains 39 imaginative bedtime stories for children and covers a wide variety of situations. According to Austin, these stories may be read by older children or by parents reading to their children.

“I always felt that interacting with children during story-telling or-reading was better for their cognitive development that just reading the story to them,” says Austin. He hopes that with the book, readers will enjoy the delights of imagination in bedtime stories.

“Curiosity the Bear and the Popcorn Party: And Thirty-Eight Other Bedtime Stories for Children”
By Dennis D. Austin
Hardcover | 6x9 in | 270 pages | ISBN 9781480856301
Softcover | 6x9 in | 270 pages | ISBN 9781480856295
E-Book | 270 pages | ISBN 9781480856318
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dennis D. Austin worked for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources as a research scientist, adjunct faculty at Utah State University and wildlife biologist. He has published over 50 technical reports and over 200 newspaper and magazine articles. He has written and published two previous books. The first, “Mule Deer--A Handbook for Utah Hunters and Landowners,” was published in 2010 by Utah State University Press. The second, “Black Bears Prefer Milkshakes--Discourses with Nature,” was published in 2014 by True Fans Press. Austin and his wife, Ann, raised five children and reside in Hyrum.

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