L is for Land of Living Skies: A Saskatchewan Alphabet was published in the fall of 2010 by Sleeping Bear Press. The book was written by Linda Aksomitis, a Saskatchewan author, and is illustrated by Alberta artist, Lorna Bennett. Its format includes full page artwork, a poem for each letter of the alphabet and a sidebar giving more information about the illustration and poem’s content.
The book combines many of Linda’s skills and experiences as a writer. It’s her first book of poetry, although her publishing career started with a poem called “Play” when she was 10 years old, which was published in the Western Producer’s Young Co-Operators’ pages. Linda went on to have more than 50 publications in the Western Producer, most of them poems.
Linda has been a travel writer and photojournalist since 2001, plus has published a number of nonfiction and fiction books during that period. L is for Land of Living Skies provided the perfect opportunity to showcase many of Saskatchewan’s treasures that she explored while writing the nonfiction book, Backroad Mapbook Southern Saskatchewan (2006).
Awards and Reviews for L is for Land of Living Skies
- L is for Land of Living Skies was a finalist in the High Plains Book Awards in 2011.
- L is for Land of Living Skies was named one of the Best Books of 2011 by Resource Links.
- A 4-star review from CM Magazine
- Review by The Reading Pit blog
- Review by the Billings Gazette
- The free PDF teachers’ guide is available at: https://sleepingbearpress.com/teaching_guides