Kristine Anderson, Advanced Learning Programs teacher at Powers Ferry Elementary, recently had an article called “Carving Stories in Cedar” published in Highlights for Children magazine.
The article deals with the practice of carving and raising cedar totem poles. Carver Israel Shotridge from Alaska explains how he carves each pole, what the poles represent, and how they are raised. Each pole tells a story, and their legends sometimes date back hundreds of years.
“I visited several museums in British Columbia and Alaska and met several carvers when gathering background information on totem poles,” said Anderson.
Now in its 62nd year, Highlights, edited for children up to age 12, goes to about two million homes, schools, libraries, and professional offices, and has the largest circulation of any children’s periodical in the country.
Ms. Anderson has a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University and master’s and doctorate degrees from Georgia State University. She has been an educator for over 30 years. Her articles have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Southern Living, Boys’ Life, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among others. She has also written for many academic publications and trade journals. Anderson is a member of SCBWI (the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators).
In her spare time, Anderson enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, and yoga. She has three children: Kristi (20), Matthew (17), and Andrew (14).
When asked why she decided to write for Highlights, Anderson replied, “My students and children have always enjoyed reading Highlights.”