Maria Hoskins has served as Community Outreach Specialist for the Federal Government for over 14 years and has been employed in the field of community outreach for over 25 years. During her tenure in federal service, she spent ten years as the Senior District Staff for Arkansas 2nd Congressional District Congressman, Vic Snyder, until his retirement in January 2011. She is a native of Mayflower, Arkansas and a graduate of Philander Smith College where she received a B.A. in English and Communications. Maria has published three children's books through her independent publishing company C & V 4 Seasons Publishing Company; and will release her fourth book, My Easter Story spring 2017. Maria begins her first children's book with a vision of Christmas Eve, at her grandmother's farm, recalling memories from a moment in time, on the meaning of Christmas. So, begins the touching stories of a girl's memories of her family's holiday season in the mid-1960s on a rural Arkansas farm. I am excited to share my books with students throughout Arkansas! The purpose of my books are to share a happy memory from a moment in time, and to encourage young readers and writers that there is a book in all of us. She is married to Archie, has two children, Christina and Victoria, and is an active member of the Palarm Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Mayflower, Arkansas. Rex DeLoney's colorful, vibrant artwork conveys the messages of hope, faith, and the everyday joys and struggles of life. His work is reflective of his life, past and present; a life that has been enriched with the love and desire to create art that tells a story and evokes memories for anyone that views his work. Mr. DeLoney's artworks are created from spiritual themes and meaningful, thought-provoking expressions of humanity as it relates to the African American Culture. Rex Deloney is an Art instructor and Chairman of the Fine Arts Department at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has been sharing his unique passion, skill and love of teaching art with students for over 25 years in both Washington State, and most recently in Central Arkansas. The artist/educator is a native of North Little Rock, and graduate of North Little Rock Northeast High School. He received his B.A. in Commercial Art from the University of Central Arkansas in 1988, and a M. Ed. Degree from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington in 2002.
Maria Hoskins offers readers a vivid portrait of Easter through the eyes of one little girl who happily embraces the rhythm of her family's traditions around this most important of days in the Christian year, the Day of Resurrection. Many Christian families will relate to the character's delight in and anticipation of both the secular and sacred, including buying new clothes and shoes for church and dying and hunting Easter eggs, as well as the concluding remembrance that the Resurrection of Christ is, ultimately, the heart of Christian hope and joy. Accompanied by beautiful illustrations, this children's book offers a way for parents and kids to connect during a busy season and to recall the past, celebrate the present, and prompt children's questions about Christian faith and living. Rev. Betsy Singleton Snyder, United Methodist Pastor and author, Stepping on Cheerios: Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life, Abingdon Press, 2017 Maria's heart-warming Easter Story encouraged me to reflect fond memories of my childhood during the spring as my family anxiously awaited the events of Easter. Arkansas Reading Association Event Coordinator