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A Children's Book Series


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A Children's Book Series


 

SHELLY BEAN THE SPORTS QUEEN

For ages 4-9
Shelly Bean is a sporty, dirty kneed little girl with a “can-do” spirit.  It might take falling down, getting hurt and getting back up but Shelly Bean is determined to learn to play new sports!.
After watching an event on TV or seeing other kids in the neighborhood play, she gets it in her mind that it is her time to play and to reward herself each time she’s successful, she creates a new sports charm to put on her crown like a jewel of accomplishment.
 
 
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Get to know the author and illustrator


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SHELLY BOYUM-BREEN

Author

A native of Brainerd, MN, Shelly Boyum-Breen grew up with aspirations of playing professional sports.  She spent countless hours on the basketball court, neighborhood hockey rinks and local golf courses.  With a foundation of support from family, friends and the community, Shelly pursued a career as a physical education teacher and coach.  Boyum-Breen received her B.A. from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN in 1997.   She spent five years in the education field, coaching the Augsburg Women’s Basketball Team and Anoka High School’s basketball and tennis teams.  Boyum-Breen then pursued a job with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx organization.  Shelly served with the organization for three years and later moved into a sales consulting role serving the Lynx, the New York Liberty and the 10th Anniversary WNBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden.

Boyum-Breen is the Founder and past-President of Foundation IX, a non-profit increasing the rate of girls’ participation in sports and fitness, who dissolved upon the merge with the Ann Bancroft Foundation.  “Sports helped pave my path in life, building my character as well as my leadership skills along the way.  No young lady should be prevented from experiencing these things because of her family’s financial situation.  It is my dream to eliminate cost as an obstacle and give girls more than money- the opportunity for experiences of a lifetime.  With Shelly Bean books and Let Me Play grants, we can do just that! It is an honor to work for girls in sports; and to continue the work that many have done long before me in the name of girls and women in sports.”

Shelly Boyum-Breen resides in Plymouth, MN.

 

Marieka Heinlen

Illustrator

After designing books and working as a creative director in publishing,
Marieka made the leap to become a children’s book illustrator.

Now with over 30 picture books in print, she loves creating artwork that engages and educates young readers.  Marieka always aims to draw an environment where all children can see themselves,
as well as the big wonderful world around them.

Having Shelly the author visit our school was a great experience for both girls and boys! Shelly is able to connect with kids and deliver a powerful message that is important for all kids to hear.
— Molly Thomas, Intervention Specialist, Red Oak Elementary, MN