Sunday, February 5, 2017


Children’s Book Develops Important Skill Set of the Imagination

FREE Today and Useful... to Kids as they Outgrow Picture Books & Learn to Read

CARDBOARD BOX is a voyage into the heart of creativity, a book of wordplay that coaches children into seeing with their Mind’s Eye—developing that particular skill set of the imagination. 

While the book stands alone, it expands on ideas presented in a companion title (GREEN BOAT).

CARDBOARD BOX is fun to read aloud & provides encouragement for new readers.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Announcing the Publication of BOSSY PANTS—IT’S FUNNY HOW THINGS WORK... by Sage Merriman

Book is for Kids Soon to Leave Picture Books Behind

Early-Reader Features Cover Art by Vera Kulakovi

BOSSY PANTS is a book of wordplay that provides useful coaching for children who will soon outgrow their picturebooks. Whether this book is read aloud or independently, the nice thing is... it’s funny how things work.... 

Monday, January 30, 2017

HUMAN BEANS (A Work of Creative Nonfiction for Children) by Sage Marriman is FREE Today

A Fun Book of “True Facts Oddly Told,” with Cover art by Vera Kulikovi 

HUMAN BEANS is one side in a serious but fun conversation about what it is to be human... in relation to plants and animals, biology and farming. It offers a slice of how the world works and is meant to be shared with a child you love.  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sage Merriman is the children’s book pen name of former small press editor and publisher, Ryan Petty. Ryan was for many years the proprietor of Cold Mountain Press (Austin, Texas). Among the respected names he published were Allen Ginsberg, William Stafford, Wendell Berry, Denise Levertov, Robert Bly, Joseph Bruchac, and two future National Poets Laureate: Donald Hall and Ted Kooser (who would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry).

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Announcing the Publication of GREEN BOAT--YOUR MIND’S EYE IN A WORLD MADE VIVID by Sage Merriman

New Children’s Book is About Opening the Imagination... Features Cover Art by Vera Kulikovi 


GREEN BOAT is a poetic work of creative nonfiction... about how to open your Mind’s Eye—an essential skill set of the imagination. The book is written with the simple language and clarity of a picturebook, but its layered meanings serve children of all ages.

GREEN BOAT is a tribute to the poet William Carlos Williams and includes references to his work. Read it aloud as one side in a conversation with a child.

While GREEN BOAT stands alone, it expands on ideas presented in a companion title (CARDBOARD BOX) from author Sage Merriman.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Third Edition of MAMA DUCK Children's Book Features New Vera Kulikov Cover - FREE Today in Celebration

MAMA DUCK & THE PROBLEM AT TOWN LAKE (An Early-Reader Children’s Book That Teaches a Skill Useful in Learning to Read)... by Sage Merriman... FREE today from Amazon....

Download Your FREE eBook Now.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

Authors and illustrators of Children’s Picturebooks

“Authors and illustrators of children’s picturebooks serve the needs of a range of readers - their consciousness and capabilities -  far greater in scope than that of the more learned... rest of humanity.” 

-Sage Merriman

Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Idea of the Novel

“The idea of the novel is not to create a place for the short story to breathe, but for the reader to forget... to breathe.”

-Sage Merriman

Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Idea of the Picturebook

"The idea of the picturebook is not to create a place for pictures, but to create a conveyance for story."

-Sage Merriman