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Copyright 2013. Debbie Hoven. All rights reserved.

I would be happy to speak to your organization or to have a book signing at your business. Please contact me at debbie@debbiehoven.com or call at 320-766-3689

‚ÄčI came up with the idea for "Light Up the Year" when I realized that there were probably other people who were sad about taking down their holiday lights. As I drew a poster of special holidays and events that could use the lights, my story line was developed. Look on the pages to see if you can find the hidden light bulbs with a face.

In my story, "Norman Loves the Lake," I want readers to see that every day is a vacation day when you live at the lake. It seemed only fitting that our dog, Norman, should be on the pages as he is the center of attention here at the L'Homme Dieu Yacht Club. I hope you will have fun enjoying the seasons of Minnesota, as seen out our window.


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Author Bio


Debbie earned a B.S. and Masters degree in Elementary Education from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Early in her career, she was a teacher and Director of Instruction at Jack and Jill Preschool in Alexandria, Minnesota. A career in public education followed, as she taught first grade in Villard, Minnesota, and kindergarten in Glenwood, Minnesota. After 40 years in education, Debbie decided to retire from teaching in 2013.


A life-long artist and musician, Debbie always strived to incorporate the arts into all aspects of learning, including reading and math. Upon retirement, with a passion for art and a dream of being a children's author, Debbie tried her hand at writing and illustrating a book. She has now proven to herself and others that you are never too old to live your dreams!


"Light Up the Year," Debbie's first book, came about after taking a class from Nancy Carlson, a Minnesota author and illustrator. Nancy's books were an inspiration for many of the lessons Debbie taught over the years. With encouragement from Nancy, Debbie began working on her "lightbulb character," and the story line began to evolve for her first book.


Together with her husband Brad, Debbie has a son John, married to Melissa, and a daughter, Jenny. Three adorable grandchildren, Gabe, Atti, and Linnea, live close by, where they can enjoy lake living with Grandma and Grandpa. Debbie spent her first year of retirement lending her expertise to help Butterfly Hill Nature Preschool of Alexandria, MN, which opened in the fall of 2014. She also loves substitute teaching in preschool, kindergarten and first grade for the Minnewaska School District.