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Ronda Friend

Contact Name: Ronda Friend


PO Box 1476
Franklin, Tennessee 37065
United States

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Phone: (615) 319-4416

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C.S. Lewis once said, “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”

With that inspiration at the heart of her mission, Nashville children’s author Ronda Friend birthed her publishing company, Sunflower Seeds Press, to inspire readers of all ages to impact their culture through character-based living. Her indie publishing company has generated sales of approximately 200,000 books solely by direct marketing.

Taking her energetic blend of storytelling and entertainment to assemblies, workshops and family nights nationwide, Ronda has been welcomed in thirty-two states, where she brings her books to life for the students of over two-thousand schools.

Ronda’s family series, Down On Friendly Acres, centers on her life in the 50s & 60s. Best described as “Little House on the Prairie meets Green Acres,” this series appeals to all generations — children, teenagers, parents, and grandparents. Heartwarming, historical, and hilariously funny, the books contain original songs, recipes, poems, true-to-life cliffhangers, hidden sunflowers, etc. Each book highlights a character trait.

In addition, a line of picture books designed for two levels of readers is her newest innovation. A split-page layout permits text for both older readers, and, below, a pre-reader’s rhymed, simplified version of the story.

Residing in Franklin, Tennessee, Ronda and her husband launched a children’s foundation. Friend2Friend Book Project reaches out to children battling medical challenges by distributing her character-based, family-friendly books that ignite laughter, inspire courage, and unite families. Partnering with schools and children’s hospitals, they “Deliver Pages of Smiles to Courageous Kids” sharing hope and encouragement to thousands of brave little warriors. Prior to launching her publishing company and foundation, Ronda spent her life working with kids as an educator, a professional storyteller with Scholastic Books, and conference speaker.

Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Character-based Assembly Programs

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R. Friend’s character-based assembly program challenges students to be avid readers, creative writers, and citizens with great character. This high energy, fast-paced, entertaining program is guaranteed to keep everyone totally engaged. Using professional storytelling, music, audience participation, sign language, history and life lessons, six-year-old Ronda takes the audience Down on Friendly Acres in the 50s and 60s. The room will explode with laughter as she plays Penelope the Pig, Sparky the Skunk, Sheriff Stinkbug, and finally the evil foxes in her one-of-a-kind picture book entitled P.U. You Stink – a book emphasizing teamwork.

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Program Title: Creative Writing Workshops

Program Type: Arts Integration

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Creative juices will flow as students learn by doing. With the use of an acrostic and an alliteration, seven important aspects of creative writing are covered. R. Friend encourages students by example to include music, poems, recipes, hidden objects, new vocabulary words, and true-to-life dilemmas in their stories. With Ronda at the helm, along with a unique, innovative writing card game, students will be motivated to think outside the box, stretching their imaginations to create a memorable, meaningful, magical story together. Students enter their stories for a chance to win signed copies of a book from R. Friend.

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Program Title: R. Friend Family Nights

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

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An R. Friend family night, used in conjunction with a day program, will be extraordinary. Children will be begging parents and inviting their grandparents to return that evening for a memorable, magical moment. Ronda will engage the audience with professional storytelling, original songs, audience participation and a message of hope and love. However, the highlight of the evening is when every student in attendance will have the opportunity to sing, dance, act and use sign language as they perform two songs with Ronda on stage and act out P.U. You Stink. Students gifts and talents will be on display!

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