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Get ready to fall in love with the Curly Crow brand and the amazing story behind it!

Meet Nicholas Aragon, the passionate author of the Curly Crow children's book series. But Nicholas' story is more than just about creating fantastic children's books. It's a heartwarming tale of love, perseverance, and honoring the legacy of his mother, Barbara Keady.

As a child, Nicholas was an avid reader, and his mother Barbara fueled his love for books by taking him to the library twice a week. But it wasn't until he became an adult that he fully realized the impact of reading on his life. He credits his success as an adult to the love of books that his mother instilled in him at a young age.

Barbara was also a teacher and had a dream of writing books for children. Despite battling brain cancer, she persevered and wrote two children's books before passing away in 2017. Nicholas was determined to carry on his mother's legacy and honor her by publishing her books. He learned how to self-publish, formatted and published the two books on Amazon, and Curly Crow was born.

But Nicholas didn't stop there. He fell in love with the process of publishing books and decided to build upon the Curly Crow character his mother had created. He gave the character a new look and started writing his own stories about her. Nicholas hired an illustrator and began publishing his own Curly Crow children's books. He has now published several books with matching coloring books and made Curly Crow a business, with a website where he sells his books and uses his blog to support parents and help kids develop a love for reading.

Nicholas works full-time in higher education, and even though he loves his job, his true passion is Curly Crow. He spends his free time doing author visits at schools and libraries, speaking to children about his journey as an author and encouraging them to try new things and keep reading. Join the adventure with Curly Crow and let Nicholas take you on an educational and entertaining journey through his books. The Curly Crow brand is more than just fantastic children's books - it's a labor of love, a tribute to Nicholas' mother, and a reminder of the joy of reading.

Nicholas Aragon Cont'd:

Nicholas Aragon is the author of the Curly Crow children’s book series. Inspired by his mother’s love for art and reading, Nicholas started Curly Crow LLC with a mission to inspire and heal the human spirit through art and books. A native New Mexican, Nicholas enjoys fishing and spending time outdoors with his amazing wife and two beautiful daughters. Before he started writing children’s books, Nicholas got a graduate degree in Higher Education Administration from NMSU. After that, just to shake things up, he started an online business where he sells Curly Crow Art, Apparel, and Children’s Books. In addition to writing amazing children’s books, Nicholas works full time in Higher Education where he satisfies his passion to help change lives one student at a time. 

Barbara Keady Cont'd:

Artist and author Barbara Keady (1959-2017) grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Barbara spent her childhood with her parents and five siblings exploring the spectacular vistas of Northern New Mexico. After high school, Barbara moved to Albuquerque NM where she discovered her passion for teaching and serving others. Barbara spent her free time drawing, writing, and photographing New Mexico’s beautiful landscape. After raising two children of her own, Barbara happily became “Grandma Barb” to her grandchildren Merriah, Mahli, and Zack. She adored her grandchildren and the kids she taught and helped over the years, who also affectionately called her Grandma Barb as well. She radiated love and joy. Always smiling, she was a wonderful listener and was always willing to go out of her way to help anyone. Barbara, who is the author of the first book in the series, Curly Crow Goes to the River, knew the importance of books and the power of reading. She often said, children who do well in school are often avid readers, as reading is the foundation of learning. 

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