Baxter’s Corner® Children’s Books Use Storytelling to Build Character

Award-winning Stories Featuring Fun and Friendly Animal Characters Available Now!

July 26, 2018

Coping with an incarcerated parent, standing up to bullies, overcoming a physical challenge----these are just some of the situations Baxter’s Corner book characters find themselves in as they work toward identifying positive solutions and making good behavioral choices as part of fun and kid-friendly stories. The first six illustrated books are now available as Collection I and the good news is that there are more great stories on the way!

Each book in the Collection introduces characters, who are part of the Baxter’s Corner community, and highlights a specific behavioral theme such as respect, anti-bullying, compassion, perseverance and overcoming obstacles. The books focus on good choices to make in social situations and provide strong examples of how to best approach some of the struggles that children face today, such as having a parent in “timeout” as Ally the alligator does in Ally Alone.

Baxter’s Corner’s book What a Tree It Will Be! has just received the 2018 Book Excellence Award®, Oakley in Knots recently earned the Creative Child Preferred Choice Award® and Gerome Sticks His Neck Out is a prestigious Mom’s Choice Award® winner.  Other Baxter’s Corner titles in the collection are Ellema Sneezes and Sideways Fred.

To encourage discussion, each book includes a Go Beyond section of additional ideas, questions and activities that specifically support the theme of the book. In addition, the characters are featured in mini-stories in a free monthly e-newsletter, Around the Corner.

The books’ author (Chief Pencil) Linda Villwock Baker and illustrator (Chief Crayon) Mary Ellen Stottmann are both committed to the company’s mission to use creative storytelling to affect better behavior choices through open discussion between children and adults about values and ethical topics that challenge today’s society and have reached out to community partners to make the books more accessible to all. To date, the books have been used as part of a family reading program at The Family Scholar House and the Cabbage Patch Young Storytellers Camp that Baker and Stottmann conduct each summer.

According to Stottmann, who is also the Managing Partner of Baxter’s Corner, “We would like to see every child under five in Kentucky have a copy of these books. We want children to grow up learning how to make healthy behavioral choices,” she said.

The books are available in both softcover and hardcover and each has its own set of accompanying plush toys, decals and wall art.  Simply go to, or where you can also sign up for the e-newsletter. 

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