Share the magic with children this holiday season. Karen Jonice Bricker writes children’s stories highlighting exciting family memories, and magical adventures.   Check out her two picture books, The Magic Straw Hat and Destination Adventure.

Book Launch: Destination Adventure is waiting for you.

This month, Karen released her second book, Destination Adventure. This charming story is about Karen as a young girl and the exciting, unpredictable circumstances she and her family experience one summer vacation. In this story, we meet the author’s spontaneous … Continue reading

The Magic Straw Hat Offers Kids a Magical Journey Exploring the Importance of Heritage

A special enchanting story for young readers, to share with friends and family. A story of a young girl named Caitie, and her journey with her great grandmother’s magical strew hat…”The Magic Straw Hat” by Karen Jonice Bricker

Karen Jonice Bricker


Everyone needs a little magic in their life, and kids are no exception. In The Magic Straw Hat, author Karen Jonice Bricker combines her own family history and her unique creativity to share the story of Caitie, a young girl who discovers her great-grandmother’s straw hat and embarks on an adventure, learning much about herself and her family in the process.

The discovery of this magical hat leads Caitie, an affable young girl, on a journey that teaches her much about herself and her family history through the hat that her great-grandmother left behind. Filled with portions of stories from her own family history, Bricker uses her creativity to blend these experiences, valuable family memories, and well-loved traditions of her Irish heritage to tell a story filled with twists and turns as Caitie sees where the magic straw hat leads her during one afternoon. The story centers on what the…

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Keeping Traditions Alive

As a mother, I have always used storytelling as a way to keep my family’s traditions alive. Recently, my wonderful marketing team, St. Somewhere Holdings, LLC, shared an email with our followers promoting my book, The Magic Straw Hat, in a way that also promoted the passing along of traditions, which, as you may have guessed, is near and dear to my heart.

For those of you who did not receive this little note, I thought I’d share:

Karen Jonice Bricker honors three generations of women in her family, who instilled in her a love for the story-telling tradition of her Irish heritage, in her new book, The Magic Straw Hat.

Bricker has continued the tradition in her family and instilled it in her students when she was an elementary school teacher.  Nary an evening passed without Bricker sending her children to bed with stories of their Irish ancestors.  It left a sparkle in their eyes and created a lasting impression of who they are and from where they came.

Now Bricker has drawn upon the oral tradition of her Irish heritage to spin a yarn that is sure to capture children’s fancy as it also inspires them to learn more about their families.

How do you keep traditions alive? 

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Little Miss Magic Straw Hat

There are many pieces of inspiration I drew upon to write The Magic Straw Hat. And, for anyone who has read the story, you know that my daughter, Caitie, was one of the biggest pieces.

Since she was a little girl, one of her favorite things to do was to rummage through old photo albums. While she was home over the holidays, she came across this gem, which I couldn’t help but share with all of you!

Here she is, little Caitie, with her magic straw hat, holding on tight so it doesn’t blow away!


The perfect holiday gift for kids, and kids at heart!

This holiday season, give a gift of adventure and ancestry! The Magic Straw Hat is the perfect gift for kids and kids at heart! Guaranteed to ship by December 25th. While it’s temporarily sold out of Amazon, you can purchase via Barnes & Noble or SDP Publishing Solutions.
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