Believe In Wonder Publishing

Believe In Wonder Publishing Brian Parker - designer, illustrator, comic book creator, and Josie Parker - creative curator. Check out our gallery at believeinwonder.weebly.com.
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Brian W. Parker – AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR, and CREATOR OF THE FANTASTICAL I grew up in Alaska, then Mississippi, and have always been in love with storytelling in every medium. Literature, movies, art, you name it! I have a BFA in graphic design and illustration, as well as a MA in writing and publishing, and worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for almost 15 years in music publishing, corporate marketing, and sports/entertainment. Now I spend my days working on in youth publishing (so cool, right?) and teaching about the creative process. I'm always trying to learn and grow in my craft, and find that I am happiest when I'm striving to bring the works of my imagination to life, as well as sharing that experience with others. Crow in the Hollow is my first novel length work, but I have written ten picture books, and self published one graphic novel series titled YOU CAN RELY ON PLATYPI. Josie A. Parker – CURATOR and ARTISAN OF IMAGINATION and WONDER I grew up in the South, and I'm a southern girl at heart. My love of creativity has been life-long, and is deeply rooted in my love for helping others. I've spent my adult life as a caregiver and para-professional with children and adults with special needs. My husband and I are also foster parents, and are strong advocates for children in the foster care system. Through my experiences, I've learned that I find great joy and inspiration in helping others find their own creative voices. Although I'm a poet and writer in my own right, I've found that I'm most happy in helping cultivate art within others, and guiding them through the ups and downs of the creative process. Through Believe In Wonder, I bring to bear all of my experience to create classes and creative exploration events for children and young adults. I feel that by expanding our imaginations and our sense of wonder, we can achieve great things in our own lives, and help better the lives of others.

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MOM is Trying
08/02/2020
MOM is Trying

MOM is Trying

Discover Mom Is Trying T-Shirt from Believe In Wonder Apparel, a custom product made just for you by Teespring. With world-class production and customer support, your satisfaction is guaranteed. - Ever had one of those "parenting days" where...

07/03/2020
Hybrid Pub Scout

Hybrid Pub Scout

Brian and Josie A. Parker of Believe In Wonder Publishing joined Emily to speak about the challenges they've experienced as Black creators and publishers of children's books. They also share how they balance the resistance they have gotten in the industry (and other general tolls on their mental and emotional health) with their mission to inspire young readers, particularly those who have had fewer opportunities to see themselves as the heroes in the books they read.

[Link to the post and podcast version of this in the comments]

06/25/2020

Thank you to all of you that are showing support for our small business and helping us get noticed. We appreciate you.

Amplify Black Voices - Believe in Wonder — Grace Nuth
06/18/2020
Amplify Black Voices - Believe in Wonder — Grace Nuth

Amplify Black Voices - Believe in Wonder — Grace Nuth

Welcome to the second post in a new series devoted to amplifying the voices of Black creators in fantasy and magical fields. My second guest speakers are Brian and Josie Parker of the publishing company Believe in Wonder, and here are their stories.

The Role Publishing Plays in the Commodification of Black Pain
06/17/2020
The Role Publishing Plays in the Commodification of Black Pain

The Role Publishing Plays in the Commodification of Black Pain

For more than two weeks now, the United States, and much of the world, has seen daily protests and demonstrations following yet another slew of murders of unarmed Black people. George Floyd, Breonn…

Comic Geek Out @ Grand Rapids Public Library!
06/11/2020
Comic Geek Out @ Grand Rapids Public Library!

Comic Geek Out @ Grand Rapids Public Library!

Josie and I are excited to be a part of the Grand Rapids Public Library COMIC GEEK OUT! #BelieveInWonder representing! Creating the poster was so super fun, and if you look close you'll notice Zora...

A Mighty Girl
04/05/2020

A Mighty Girl

After "Inside Out" was awarded an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, its co-director Pete Docter spoke of the need to recognize and respect children's complex emotional lives: "This film was really born from watching our kids grow up, which is not easy... there are days you're going to feel sad. You're going to feel angry. You're going to feel scared. That's nothing you can choose. But you can make stuff. Make films. Draw. Write. It will make a world of difference."

For books to help kids who may be struggling with worry or anxiety during this challenging time, you can find reading recommendations for children, teens, and parents in our blog post "25 Books to Help Kids Overcome Anxiety, Worry, and Fear" at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=22612

Among the featured titles, we recommend "Ruby Finds a Worry" for ages 4 to 7 (https://www.amightygirl.com/ruby-finds-a-worry), "What To Do When You Worry Too Much" for ages 6 to 12 (https://www.amightygirl.com/what-to-do-when-you-worry-too-much), "Outsmarting Worry: An Older Kid's Guide to Managing Anxiety" for ages 9 to 13 (https://www.amightygirl.com/outsmarting-worry), and "The Anxiety Workbook for Teens" for ages 13 and up (https://www.amightygirl.com/the-anxiety-workbook-for-teens)

For books to help children better understand and manage emotions of all kinds, visit our blog post, “Understanding The Way I Feel: 40 Mighty Girl Books About Managing Emotions” at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=11449

And, for a variety of all-in-one art & craft kits that let kids of all ages express themselves creativity, check out our blog post "60 Arts and Crafts Toys for Mighty Girls," visit https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=10465

Who knows, he just might do it!
03/25/2020

Who knows, he just might do it!

Dear Mr. Burton! You have blanket permission to read any book from our catalog!!! My wife Josie and I are the owners of Believe In Wonder Publishing, and the authors of close to twenty titles for young readers. It would be a true honor (especially for two ReadingRainbow alums like us) to hear our stories read in your wonderful voice! We’ll send you PDFs or copies, too. Thank you for always sharing your love of literature with the world. #keepshiningbright #believeinwonder #Butterfliesinthesky https://believeinwonder.weebly.com/our-books.html

Thank You, King School!
03/13/2020
Thank You, King School!

Thank You, King School!

Thank you King Elementary and Black Parent Initiative for hosting me at their Jack’s and Jammies event! What a great group of kiddos! I had a blast. # BelieveInWonder

Coming this Fall! Nicholas the Maker
03/13/2020
Coming this Fall! Nicholas the Maker

Coming this Fall! Nicholas the Maker

Here is my other big reveal - this will be one of our fall book releases! Some already know I've been working on this one since November and I'm excited to get it out and in the hands of readers....

#KeepShiningBright: Post 1
03/13/2020
#KeepShiningBright: Post 1

#KeepShiningBright: Post 1

Post 1: Seasons of Wonder This is the piece that started it all! While working for a credit union in the marketing department, I found myself getting really depressed about my art. "I'm not telling...

#KeepShiningBright
03/13/2020
#KeepShiningBright

#KeepShiningBright

We live in a world filled with beauty if we take a moment to look. Josie and I have been inspired by our friends and fellow creatives over the last few days who, in the midst of fear and uncertainty,...

Get something to read!
03/12/2020
Believe in Wonder

Get something to read!

Believe In Wonder is a publishing company and book design studio that provides illustration services, publishing consulting, and creative workshops.

Black Parent Initiative
02/27/2020

Black Parent Initiative

Calling all KING SCHOOL families!!!

BPI has joined Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School for a fun cultural literacy night!

If you are a KING SCHOOL family, come hang out with us!

Jacks & Jammies
Thursday, Feb. 27
5:45pm-7:45pm

Wear your jammies and come eat Jack's chicken with featured author Brian Parker - "Darren Strider Bumblebee Rider"

Activities: Mystique's Fancy Faces & PACKY Academy, LLC

Sherwood Center for the Arts
09/10/2019

Sherwood Center for the Arts

POW, WHAM, BAM! There's still time to register for Comics & Graphic Novels with instructor and artist Brian Parker, with Believe In Wonder Publishing! Use coupon code COMICS to save $5 at checkout. Deal ends tomorrow (9/11).

Click here 👉 https://bit.ly/2kwdPdK 👈 to register!

Get your copy of The History of the Wonderous World!
09/08/2019
Get your copy of The History of the Wonderous World!

Get your copy of The History of the Wonderous World!

“A world Neil Gaiman himself would be eager to explore. Parker’s imagined history reveals the majesty, intrigue and beauty behind the secret powers that guide and protect our civilization. A...

“A world Neil Gaiman himself would be eager to explore. Parker’s imagined history reveals the majesty, intrigue and beau...
09/06/2019
History of The Wonderous World: A supplementary volume to Mysteries of The Laurel Society

“A world Neil Gaiman himself would be eager to explore. Parker’s imagined history reveals the majesty, intrigue and beauty behind the secret powers that guide and protect our civilization. A fresh and engaging perspective fans young and old alike will enjoy. Magic truly is Wonder!”

Weird Fantasy & Speculative Fiction Author Ted Fauster

Affordably priced! Get your copy today! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1690072733/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i16

#TheWonderousScience #HistoryoftheWonderousWorld #magic #steampunk #speculativefiction #fantasy #diversecharacters #diverse #worldbuilding #indypublishing #smallpress #blackowned #sci

The world is vast and filled with wonder, and for those with the spark for magic, it can be a place of endless mysteries as well. This short history of magic and magical practitioners will serve as your gateway into a hidden past filled with interesting characters, astonishing creatures, secret s...

The Wall Street Journal
08/12/2019
The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal

Small children’s brains have no difficulty registering bright, fast-moving images, but the giddy shock and awe of animation doesn’t give them time to exercise their deeper cognitive faculties.

Awesome comics panel at Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
08/04/2019
Awesome comics panel at Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

Awesome comics panel at Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

I recently had the privilege of speaking on a panel on Comics Activism with some very talented people, including panel lead Ben Passmore, Pharoah Bolding , Clara Emiliana , Nichole Robinson...

Believe in Wonder at Portland Zine Symposium!
07/26/2019
Believe in Wonder at Portland Zine Symposium!

Believe in Wonder at Portland Zine Symposium!

Believe In Wonder Publishing was s in the house at this years Portland Zine Symposium! What a wonderful collection of creatives from all over the Portland area. We were proud to be counted amongst...

Lakewood | 2019 Festival:Save the Date
06/19/2019
Lakewood | 2019 Festival:Save the Date

Lakewood | 2019 Festival:Save the Date

Thank you for your interest in our annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. The Festival is an arts education event of Lakewood Center for the Arts. The 56th annual event is scheduled for June 21, 22 & 23, 2019. Exhibits, music, artist demos are scheduled at Lakewood Center for the Arts and George R...

Believe In Wonder Publishing's cover photo
05/07/2019

Believe In Wonder Publishing's cover photo

4-year-old African American boy reads 100 books in a day; this should be trending - Face2Face Africa
04/19/2019
4-year-old African American boy reads 100 books in a day; this should be trending - Face2Face Africa

4-year-old African American boy reads 100 books in a day; this should be trending - Face2Face Africa

A 4-year-old boy in Chicago read 100 books in one day, a goal he personally wanted to achieve with the support of his parents who streamed it live on Facebook. Caleb Green’s parents told ABC 7 Eyewitness News that they were shocked by their son’s decision to embark on the marathon reading and we...

Descartes on Wonderment
03/31/2019
Descartes on Wonderment

Descartes on Wonderment

“Wonderment is the first passion of all… Those without any natural inclination to this passion are ordinarily very ignorant.”

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Believe In Wonder is a youth focused publishing entity based in Portland, OR. We publish internally developed works like The Wonderous Science,YOU CAN RELY ON PLATYPI, and Crow in the Hollow, but also actively search out new and amazing works to bring to the public eye. Our focus is to promote imagination, inspiration, and positive thinking in kids and adults alike. In a time where social pressures and injustices threaten to take away our ability to dream of a better future, we hope to promote endeavors and education that uplifts and inspires, as well as provides creative outlets for the young and young at heart. We have an emphasis on bringing these opportunities to underrepresented communities and their allies, but we hope our work and message is embraced by many.

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